During the first Hellenic Republic and due to the initiative taken by the government of Alexandros Papanastasiou, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki was founded in 1925, thus becoming the second university in Greece. The “University of Thessaloniki,” as it was initially called, was founded pursuant to Law no. 3341/1925. About 30 years later, the Faculty of Engineering was founded (1955). The School of Civil Engineering was the first to open its doors.
Within a few years, the following schools were founded as part of the Faculty of Engineering:
- the School of Architecture (in 1956-57)
- the School of Rural and Surveying Engineering (in 1962-63)
- the School of Chemical Engineering (in 1972-73)
- the School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (in 1972-73)
- the School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, which was divided into the School of Mechanical Engineering and the School of Electrical Engineering (in 1976-77)
- the School of Mathematics, Physics and Computational Sciences (in 1982-83)
- the School of Electrical Engineering, which was renamed School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (in 1993-94).
- the School of Spatial Planning and Development Engineering (in 2004).
The Faculty of Engineering is administered by the General Assembly, which is the main administrative body, and the Deanship, which consists of the Dean and is responsible for implementing the decisions of the Faculty.
Like all other Faculties of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the Faculty of Engineering is divided into Schools which are represented by the Chairs at the Deanship. Schools are divided into Departments which coordinate research and teaching, supported by laboratories.
Since it was founded, the Faculty of Engineering has experienced considerable upheaval but also growth and success, it has dealt with all issues that troubled he academic community and has joined its struggles to help the university flourish. The Faculty of Engineering has contributed significantly to research and teaching in Greece, has recommended solutions in order to address educational problems and has promoted education reform and democratization. Moreover, it has promoted cultural issues in Greece and the development of the country by organizing and holding lots of cultural events, as well as by implementing a considerable number of development projects and undertaking construction works in areas of northern Greece. Driven by the fighting spirit of the Aristotle University and the principles that lie within the framework of its democratic legacy, the Faculty of Engineering has also supported the struggle for democratic progress in Greece.