National and Kapodistrian University of Athens was founded back to 1837 after a few years of the foundation of the independent Greek Kingdom.It was the first University of the liberated Greek state and in the surrounding area of theSoutheast Europeas well. At first, it was named Othonian University in honor of the ruler of Greece, King Otto. In 1841, the University was located at the center of Athens city to a building designed by Danish architect Christian Hensen. This building remains until now the central building of National and Kapodistrian University where all the official ceremonies and graduations days are held. This building is between the National Library and the Athens Academy, also designed by Hensen, and they are three of the most remarkable buildings of the capital that are still remind us how beautifulAthens used to be before many of the classical building were demolished. Not to mention that Christian Hensen was inspired by ancient Greek art so these buildings link ancient Greek spirit with the Modern one!
Through the years National and Kapodistrian University of Athens is concerned as the most important in Greece and studding there is great honor for the most of the students.Famous Greek politicians, philosophers, authors and artists had been members of University community. For example, Helene Glykatzi-Ahrweiler (who studied at University of Athens) became the first woman Deputy Principal between 1970-1973 and Principal of theUniversity of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonnebetween 1976-1981, in the 700-year history of Sorbonne and the first woman in the world to hold the post of a Principal in a world-renowned University.
Worldwide, my University is concerned as a remarkable one but it is not one of the first of the top list. However, it provides students with knowledge in many fields. There many faculties: School of Health Science, Law School, Philosophy School, School of Theology, School of Technology, School of Science, School of Education, School of Physical education and Sport Science and School of Economics and Political Science….yes, a lot of Schools that are divided in even more departments…..no time (and reason) to write all of them…So even we are not in the first places of the list we still deserve to be concerned as an important academic institute in the world.
Last but not least, I have to mention that our official logo is a picture of the goddess Athena, goddess both of wisdom and the god-protector of the ancient city of Athens. There is no question why Athena is in our logo…..Therefore, Athena is now the goddess of University of Athens and of the wisdom that is gained through education and studding.