Since 1999, University of Cincinnati faculty and students have been laboring on the largest of the Greek islands to transform tourism, enlarge the business base, and preserve the environment as well as the ancient culture. The UC-Crete connection is a long-term one and a model for many parts of the world -- wherever captivating beauty, charm and history attract large numbers of tourists. Though tourism often provides an economic boost, it also brings challenges that many locales -- whether in Greece or elsewhere -- are unprepared for: choking traffic congestion, pollution, shortages of potable water, dilution of native traditions and cultures, and loss of economic diversity.
To read this summer’s reports and letters sent back by students currently in Crete, click on the links below:
There’s more. From the year 2000, we have an extensive report with photos.