The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greek: Εθνικόν και Καποδιστριακόν Πανεπιστήμιον Αθηνών), usually referred to simply as the University of Athens, is the oldest university in the region of the eastern Mediterranean and has been in continuous operation since its establishment in 1837.
Today, it is the second-largest institution of higher learning in Greece, with more than fifty thousand undergraduate students. Its main campus is in Ilissia, where the schools of Science, Theology and Philosophy are located. Other smaller campuses are at Goudi, where the School of Health Sciences is located, and at Daphne, where the Faculty of Physical Education and Sports Science is located. The Faculties of Media, Education, Economics, Law and Public Administration are housed in buildings in the centre of Athens. The historical administration building is also located there, on Panepistimiou avenue.
The Propylaea, part of the "Trilogy" of Theofil Hansen, serves as the ceremony hall and rectory
It was founded on 1837 April 3 on the initiative of King Otto, and thus initially called Othonian University. It started regular operations on 1839 in the house of Stamatios Kleanthis at the foot of the Acropolis. 1841 saw the completion of the new university building, designed by Danish architect Theofil Hansen as part of the 'Trilogy', in the center of Athens. Today the university rectory is housed there. On 1843, the university was renamed National University.
The university took its present name in 1911, because of a large endowment by the merchant Ioannis Dombolis, a friend of John Capodistria, for the creation of a Capodistrian University.
Faculties and Departments
The University of Athens is divided into schools, faculties and departments as follows. The naming isn't consistent in English for historical reasons, but in Greek the largest divisions are generally named "σχολές" (schools) and are divided in "τμήματα" (departments), furthermore subdivided in "τομείς" (divisions).
The main campus is in Ilissia (Zografou), where the schools of Science, Theology and Philosophy are located. Other smaller campuses are at Goudi, where the faculty of Health Sciences is located, and at Daphne, where the faculty of Physical Education and Sports Science is located. The faculties of Media, Education, Economics, Law and Public Administration are housed in buildings in the centre of Athens, along with various administration facilities. The historical administration building is also located there, on Panepistimiou avenue.
Research in the University of Athens is intimately linked with that conducted in the hospitals and research institutes of the metropolitan area, including the National Research Center for Physical Sciences Demokritos, the National Research Foundation (EIE), the National Observatory of Athens, the Hellenic Pasteur Institute, the Alexander Fleming Biomedical Sciences Research Center, the Athens High Performance Computing Laboratory, the National Centre for Marine Research (NCMR) and the Foundation for Biomedical Research of the Academy of Athens (IBEAA). Research conducted in the institutes of the metropolitan area of Athens accounted for over 50% of the ISI-indexed scientific publications coming from Greece in 2004.
The "Panepistimioupolis" or Ilissia campus
Education in Greece
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