The University of the Mountains (UoM) is a Non-Profit Company and the initiative of the University of Crete (UoC). It was formed to bring the academia closer to society. The UoM aims to meet its prime goal by establishing contacts initially with people living in the mountainous areas of Crete and, at a later stage, with people living in other islands. These contacts will be both at an individual, group/association, and at local government level. With this interaction between apparently varied groups the UoM plans to create and set in motion a network and a system of actions for the exchange of knowledge and expertise at multiple levels.