The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens,(Ethnikón kai Kapodistriakón Panepistímion Athinón) or commonly known to the fans as UoA plays a rather significant part in the country's history.It's almost old as time since it was founded onMay 3, 1837 by King Otto (Othon in Greek) and was named after him. It was renamed to.National University(Ethnikon Panepistimion) in 1862, following Otto's leave from the country.Then, it was later renamed to "National and Kapodistrian University of Athens" to honor, Ioannis Kapodistrias (you know, a star of the Russian diplomacy for a couple of decades, founding architect of Switzerland and the first governor of the free Greek State).The first buildings are currently Museums, with the exception of Propylaia, which is currently serving as a ceremonial hall.
It is still rather surprising, that it was the first university in the liberated Greek state and in the surrounding area of the Southeast Europe as well. This is why, it started with a basic body of Theology, Law, Medicine and Arts (which included applied sciences and mathematics) that was later expanded around 1905 when the departments starting officially formatting their respective branches leading to "Arts" and "Sciences".Later, and as of the academic year of 1927-1928 entrance exams were introduced to an attempt to control the high inscription rates that had skyrocketed at the aftermath of WWI. Its main campus includes almost all faculties with the exceptions like the ones of Law & Political Sciences that are located downtown (you can't force a lawyer to walk up to the student campus, can you?).As the years pass by though and the needs increase steadily, a lot of buildings that belong to university property are slightly being put into active use resulting in a university spread all around the city! (Yes, it's amazing having to cross huge distances only to visit a library, tell me about it)
So, today, the main faculties and their respective departments are the ones of Science, Theology, Philosophy, Medicine, Physical Education, Sports, Media, Education, Economics, Law and Public Administration.If you want to engage yourself in research, you can do so! (yes, you will have to wait for money to flow in slightly more than on other places, but you can still get amazed from some quite impressive academic work) One can choose among university hospitals and research institutes 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 (BRFAA).
If you are wondering on whether PM Tsipras is one of its notable graduates, I will let you down and tell you that he graduated from the National and Technical University of Athens... But notable writers, Nobel winners like Odysseas Elytis and Giorgos Seferis and 11 PM of the modern Greek history are UoA's graduates.
Unfortunately, in 2013, the University Senate made the decision to suspend all operations in the wake of the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs cutting 1,655 administrative jobs from universities around the country. In a statement, the University Senate said that "any educational, research and administrative operation of the University of Athens is objectively impossible". And this is where politics step into this article, so I will stop and conclude by saying this: it's a rather old and historic university that has been a landmark in the region.Fingers crossed that it will soon operate in full power again!
PS-This is a small chronicle of the University, in case one wants to read more please see :National and Kapodistrian University of Athens - Homepage and Πανεπιστήμιο Αθηνών - University of Athens (the official facebook page of the university)
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