DELPHI IDEA

The “DELPHI IDEA” represents the concentration of the basic principles of the ancient Greek philosophy and spiritual life, especially those of freedom of thought, promotion of scientific excellence, culture and in general, the spiritual life.

The University of Athens in collaboration with the Delphi Municipality has established in 2005 the revival of the “Delphi Idea”, continuing the work started by Angelos Sikelianos.

By establishing:
• Scientific meetings (intensive post graduate program “Summer School” and the International Symposium at Delphi) and
• Celebrations and honorary events, where awards and distinctions are ascribed to personaes, from all over the world as well as Greeks, who apply in their life and work the Values of the “Delphi Idea”.

Mission: the promotion of the basic Human Values, as (perhaps) the only way out from the difficulties of humanity in nowadays.


Maria Tzani

The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
 

The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens is the largest state institution of higher learning in Greece, and among the largest universities in Europe. As all other Greek universities, it is a self-governed legal entity of public law and all major policy issues are determined by the Ministry of National Education and Religion. Retaining its academic autonomy, it fully respects the constitutionally secured right to everyone for a free education. This is possible because it is funded by the state. Moreover, It is progressively succeeding to benefit from its property and legacies, as well as from the funding of research projects with national and international partners. All funds are invested into the management and operation of educational, research and cultural programmes, into student and staff services and grants.

With a student body of about 80,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, over 2.000 members of academic staff and approximately 1.300 administrative and secretarial staff and specialised personnel, the University of Athens aims at excellence in both teaching and research in a significantly varied range of disciplines.

The Faculties and their respective Departments, functioning within the 8 larger academic units entitled Schools, as well as a number of independent Faculties offer a wide range of undergraduate courses, leading to a Diploma equivalent to a Bachelor of Arts or Sciences degree (Ptychio in Greek), after a minimum of four years of studies. Moreover, intra- and inter-Departmental programmes offer an expanding range of taught and research-based postgraduate degrees.

Facilities for academic work and research are growing fast, but because of the poor ratio between academic staff and students in many Departments, presently, the possibilities for individualized attention to students and project work are limited, particularly in the humanities and social sciences. The number of Greek and foreign students to be admitted as full-time students each year is determined by the Ministry of Education, but Faculties and their academic staff decide on the number of European students on mobility programmes each semester. Actually, international students are welcome in the University of Athens and, in recent years, the number of non-Greek nationals studying in the various Faculties has increased. Some of them are enrolled as full-time students in undergraduate or postgraduate programmes, while others are exchange students, studying at the University of Athens for one or two semesters and participating more or less actively in its academic life and in the rich cultural life inside and outside the university. Indeed, many foreign but also Greek students feel it is a privilege for them to be living in the historic and cosmopolitan city of Athens, and to be studying in a university that has maintained its tradition and prestige for over 160 years.

From past to present
The University of Athens, inaugurated on 3rd May 1837, was first housed in a neoclassical residence, on the northeastern side of the Acropolis, renovated today and operating as the University Museum. Initially named "Othonian University" after Greece's first King, Othon, it consisted of 4 academic units and 52 students. As it was the first university in the newly established modern Greek state, as well as in the Balkans and the Eastern Meditarranean region, its socio-historically significant role has been decisive for the production of particular knowledge and culture in the country.

In 1841 the administrative services and education units were transferred to what is presently known the "main building" of the University of Athens which, in 1932 was officially named National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, in honour of Ioannis Kapodistrias, the first governor of Greece, after the nation's independence. Today, this building houses the Rectorate, the Senate, the Great Hall of Ceremonies and important central services. Its forecourt, the propylaeum, is socio-historically significant as it has served as a main site for political rallies and demonstrations by students and other social groups involved in social rights movements.

Until the early part of the 20th century, the University of Athens was the only university in Greece that provided the Greek society with qualified professionals in medicine, in the physical and social sciences, in law and economics, in archeology and in education as well as in the clergy. In its many years of operation, it has offered the country a centre of intellectual production, stimulating intellectual circles functioning inside and outside its premises. Moreover, it has and still offers important social services as its academic staff regularly serves on national and international committees, carries out educational and other research projects, plans and takes part in seminars for a variety of social groups, oftentimes in addition to their full-time work at University. One of its most important contributions is in the national health scheme, since students of the health sciences in training, under the supervision of professorial staff, offer their medical services to the public.
Still perhaps the most prestigious university in the country, the University of Athens has established a tradition in scholarship and constructive participation in the social sphere.

Gazing at the future
The University of Athens is confronted today with a variety of challenges, on the basis of which it is progressively articulating new goals for egalitarian education to its large numbers of students so they develop the required knowledge and skills to function as creative intellectuals and competent professionals in a rapidly changing society, which is part of the larger European community. Opposing the marketisation of university studies and the development of a highly competitive system that one encounters in institutions of tertiary education in many Western countries nowadays, it is denying its traditional role of producing an intellectual elite. Recognizing the importance of human resource development, the University of Athens aims to create closer links between the worlds of the production and the consumption of knowledge, thus contributing to social and economic development in the country.

In order to respond to new challenges, some of the major steps the University of Athens is taking concern the rapid development of the following:

• New Faculties and Departments which offer undergraduate programmes in novel areas of knowledge.

• Interdisciplinary programmes of study for different target groups.

• A great variety of taught and research-based postgraduate programmes.

• Laboratories, centres and library schemes providing staff and students with conditions to use new technologies and access information nationally and internationally.

• Infrastructure for the use of ICT in education and the operation of e-classes.

• An academic and career information service.

• A business relations service.

• Organized programmes and bilateral agreements with European and other foreign educational and research institutions for the exchange of students, academic staff and young researchers.

• Academic and market-based research projects involving national and international partners.

• Better conditions for the teaching and learning of a variety of languages by Greek students and for the teaching and learning of Greek as a foreign language.

The profile of the University of Athens is changing. As the new millennium begins, the university wishes to play a dominant role in social mobility and in social change.

Κοινωνιοβιολογία, Νευροεπιστήμες & Εκπαίδευση

Η παρακολούθηση του μεταπτυχιακού αυτού διεπιστημονικού προγράμματος όχι μόνον από αποφοίτους Τμημάτων των Επιστημών της Αγωγής, αλλά και από αποφοίτους Πανεπιστημιακών Τμημάτων, που ασχολούνται καθ’ οιονδήποτε τρόπο με τον άνθρωπο και τη διαμόρφωσή του θα τους παρέχει αρκετές βασικές γνώσεις για το πώς μαθαίνει ο εγκέφαλος, ώστε να είναι σε θέση να κάνουν καλύτερα και αποτελεσματικότερα τη δουλειά τους είτε ως εκπαιδευτικοί είτε ως επιστήμονες άλλων ειδικοτήτων.

Κατανοώντας εξάλλου, πώς μαθαίνει ο εγκέφαλος μπορούμε να αξιοποιήσουμε καλύτερα τις εκπαιδεύουσες πηγές και δυνατότητές μας. Με αυτόν τον τρόπο, όχι μόνον θα αξιοποιούμε καλύτερα τις εκπαιδευτικές δαπάνες αλλά, κυρίως και αυτό είναι το πιο σημαντικό, θα βελτιωνόμαστε και θα γινόμαστε πιο αποτελεσματικοί με το νευραλγικό, για την κοινωνία, εγχείρημα της αγωγής και εκπαίδευσης των νέων ανθρώπων.

LABORATORY: BIOPHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT: NEUROSCIENCES & LEARNING

Dr. Maria Tzani Professor of University of Athens – Director of the Laboratory.

"We appreciate that this Laboratory is an initial and substantial interference to the Hellenic scientific society, as well as an innovative attempt to research the utilization of the content of knowledge of biology – physiology and of the environmental sciences in the greater area of the Sciences of Education. Thus we anticipate that this Laboratory will be widely accepted not only by the scientific world, but by the society as a whole"

Mission
"The criteria of selection of the above fields of scientific research and study were the following: They are new scientific sectors, half or not at all examined or covered in Hellas. They exactly cover the primary demand of the Knowledge Society for interdisciplinary research approach. They contribute to the development of the society as a whole, based on human sources.”