Welcome to a leading European University and a multi-generational and inclusive community of learning!

The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) is a research University that builds on foundations which were laid over 183 years ago. The NKUA has attained recognition as an Institution of educational and scientific excellence and as a source of intellectual wealth for our country. Our academic community has successfully overcome turbulent situations and challenges; but we have also seized any opportunity in order to safeguard the University's leading role by a constant engagement to innovation and creativity.  In fact, this year we celebrate Bicentennial Initiative 1821-2021; the celebration of the 200 years since the outbreak of the Greek Revolution of 1821 and the War of Independence will be a key historical event which will be celebrated by the NKUA with a series of events: it is both an occasion to recognize the struggles and sacrifices of our people, while it also requires us to think on the present-day position of our country and its future.

According to the «Top Universities by Top Google Scholar Citations» rankings by Webometrics, the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens is ranked 41st in the world, 10th in Europe and 1st not only among Greek Universities but also among Universities of the Balkan and Mediterranean areas. We believe that universities are about knowledge, innovation, as well as the pursuit of excellence. We are committed to work towards the advancement of critical human capacities, contribute to sustainable development and social cohesion and promote our country's cultural heritage, with respect to the principles of democracy, ethics and cultural diversity.

NKUA offers a wide range of study areas; 68,500 students are currently enrolled in 43 undergraduate and 200 postgraduate programs or pursue doctoral studies. Our University was the first University in Greece to launch an program all the courses of which are taught in English, exclusively for international students, the “BA program in the Archaeology, History, and Literature of Ancient Greece” by the School of Philosophy and more such programs in various fields of science and arts, like medicine, economics etc are soon anticipated.

In accordance with the University’s mission, we host international scientific and cultural events covering a wide range of activities carried out by academic staff, researchers and students.  We invest in cooperation between Higher Education Institutes worldwide which is essential also for strengthening the relations of the respective countries. We aim at a consistent development of our University's international profile and its fundamental role in student and staff mobility. 7,600 international students currently study at undergraduate or postgraduate level programs. The mobility activities foreseen for the academic year 2020-21 are based on 888 Erasmus and bilateral international cooperation agreements between the NKUA and 466 Universities from 62 countries worldwide.

At the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens we aim at our graduates’ personal and professional success; we endeavor to make them not only highly employable, but also able to gain influence and respect in their interactions with academics, researchers and the community in general. Faculty and researchers are engaged in pushing the boundaries of knowledge in their wide-ranging fields of endeavor. We encourage our students to participate and excel in Olympiads and international competitions in fields of science and arts; we also encourage our faculty to participate in research projects and invest in collaborations with foreign academics and researchers.

The active participation of each one of you in the academic life of our University is vital for its success, our aspirations and endeavors and, therefore, invaluable.

                                                                                                        January 2021

Professor Meletios - Athanasios C. Dimopoulos