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The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greek: Εθνικόν και Καποδιστριακόν Πανεπιστήμιον Αθηνών), usually referred to simply as the University of Athens, has been in continuous operation since its establishment in 1837 and is the oldest institution of higher learning in the modern Greek state.

The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens was founded on May 3, 1837, and was housed in the residence of architects Stamatios Kleanthis and Eduard Schaubert, on the north slope of the Acropolis. It was the first university in Southeast Europe and the second academic institution after the Ionian Academy.

Before it was renamed to honour Ioannis Kapodistrias, the first chief of state of independent modern Greece, the university was known as the Othonian University after King Otto and consisted of four faculties; theology, law, medicine and arts (which included applied sciences and mathematics). It had 33 professors, 52 students and 75 non-matriculated “auditors”. In November 1841, classes began in a new building designed by the Danish architect Christian Hansen. The Propylaea was designed by Hansen's younger brother, Theophil Hansen in 1859 but the building project was not completed until 1885.

A major change in the structure of the University came about in 1904, when the faculty of Arts was divided into two separate faculties: that of Arts and that of Sciences, the latter consisting of the departments of Physics and Mathematics and the School of Pharmacy. In 1919, a department of chemistry was added, and in 1922 the School of Pharmacy was renamed a Department. A further change came about when the School of Dentistry was added to the faculty of medicine.

Between 1895 and 1911, an average of one thousand new students matriculated each year, a number which increased to two thousand at the end of World War I. This resulted in the decision to introduce entrance examinations for all the faculties, beginning for the academic year 1927-28. Since 1954 the number of students admitted each year has been fixed by the Ministry of Education and Religion, by proposal of the faculties.

During the 1960s construction work began on the University Campus in the suburb of Ilissia. The Ilissia campus now houses the Schools of Philosophy, Theology and Sciences.

Faculties and departments :

The University of Athens is divided into schools, faculties and departments as follows. The naming is nοt consistent in English for historical reasons, but in Greek the largest divisions are generally named “σχολές” (schools) and are divided in “τμήματα” (faculties), furthermore subdivided in “τομείς” (departments).

School of Theology

  1. Faculty of Social Theology

  2. Faculty of Theology

School of Philosophy

  1. Faculty of Philology

  2. Faculty of History and Archaeology

  3. Faculty of Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology

  4. Faculty of Psychology

  5. Faculty of English Language and Literature

  6. Faculty of French Language and Literature

  7. Faculty of German Language and Literature

  8. Faculty of Italian Language and Literature

  9. Faculty of Spanish Language and Literature

  10. Faculty of Slavic Studies

  11. Faculty of Music Studies

  12. Faculty of Theatre Studies

School of Law

  1. Faculty of Law

School of Economics and Political Sciences

  1. Faculty of Communication and Mass Media Studies

  2. Faculty of Economic Studies

  3. Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration

  4. Faculty of Turkish and Modern Asian Studies

School of Sciences

  1. Faculty of Physics

  2. Faculty of Biology

  3. Faculty of Geology and Geoenvironment

  4. Faculty of Chemistry

  5. Faculty of Mathematics

  6. Faculty of Methodology, History & Theory of Science

  7. Faculty of Informatics and Telecommunications

School of Health Sciences

  1. Faculty of Medicine

  2. Faculty of Dentistry

  3. Faculty of Pharmacy

  4. Faculty of Nursing

School of Education

  1. Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Science

  2. Faculty of Primary Education

  3. Faculty of Early Childhood Education

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