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Harokopio University (Conference Venue)                      70, El. Venizelou Str., Kalithea

Harokopio University, situated in Kallithea, Athens, close to, of high importance, cultural sites of interest such as the Acropolis Museum, Thissio, Panathenaic Stadium (Kallimarmaron), Keramikos and the Benaki Museum, is a public university dedicated to promoting research and learning in a small, well focused set of intellectual areas, including Geography. Along with University of the Aegean are distinguished as the only two Greek universities with a Geography department. Founded in 1990 as the successor of the Harokopios Higher School of Home Economics, that was established in 1929, the university has ever since expanded to further scientific areas awarding bachelor's, master's, as well as doctoral degrees. Particularly, addresses scientific areas serving society, health education, technology and environment.

The University is named after the national benefactor Panagis Harokopos, who took care of the founding and funding of a school oriented towards the production of scientific potential in Home Economics. Extended to a 20.000m2 urban area, its campus facilities houses four academic departments, the central administration, the library, the IT centre and student advisory services. Main building complex includes:

  • The main building, which was renovated and restored during 1993-1994. Today it includes classrooms, the main auditorium, laboratories as well as all the administrative departments of the University. The construction of this building was materialised during 1915-1920, while in 1959 a new wing was added
  • In 2000, the University’s infrastructure was completed by the construction of a new modern building, which includes the Library and Information Centre, the ceremony hall, fully equipped laboratories, classrooms and professors’ offices, mainly of the Department of Geography.
  • Additionally, the needs of the University are covered by one more building, located in a short distance from the main premises. It is located on 89 Harokopou Street and houses laboratories, classrooms and professors’ offices.
  • In 2011 a new building was completed in the area of Tavros, for the newly established Department of Informatics and Telematics and the University’s Refractory

In 2022 Harokopio University of Athens achieved special distinctions in the annual world ranking of Universities Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It was ranked first, winning the title of the best University in Greece, among the thirteen (13) Greek Institutions that participated in the annual ranking, ranked 351-400 among the 1662 Universities in total and gathered the high percentage of 96.3%, at in a scientific / research project, ranking 64th in the world.

Respectively, in the annual Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022, by subject: clinical and health (ranking of universities in individual fields), it was ranked 301-400 among the 925 Universities in total and took the second place among the eight Greek universities, which it shared with the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (EKPA).

Floor Plan of Conference Halls

Main Building

New Building

National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) (Patision Complex) 42, Patision Str.  Entrance from Stournari Str.

The National Technical (Metsovio) University of Athens (NTUA), founded in 1837 as a part-time vocational school named Royal School of Arts, is the oldest Technical University in Greece. Its traditional campus, located in the center of Athens on Patission Avenue, features a suite of magnificent neo-classical buildings. A new campus, the Zografou Campus, was built in the 1980s. Initially operated on Sundays and holidays which offered instruction to those desiring to master in architecture. Soon its popularity led to the extension of courses and by spring 1840 to the operation of a regular day school along with the Sunday’s counterpart. It was then moved to its own building on Piraeus Street. The joint efforts of students and instructors contributed to a continuous growth and to revising standards.

In 1871 transferred to new buildings on the Patission Street Complex. Their construction was first supported by Nikolaos Stournaris. In Greek, NTUA is called "Ethnicon Metsovion Polytechnion". It was named "Metsovion" to honor the donors and benefactors Nikolaos Stournaris, Eleni Tositsa, Michail Tositsas and Georgios Averof, all originated from Metsovo, a small town in the region of Epirus.

The final major reform of the organization and administration of NTUA took place in 1917. The "Ethnicon Metsovion Polytechnion" acquired five high level engineering schools: Civil, Mechanical & Electrical, Architecture, Chemical and Surveying. Many subsequent changes since 1917, have led to its current form: a prestigious University of Science and Technology, with eight Engineering Schools and a ninth School of Applied Mathematical and Physical Sciences.

The National Technical University of Athens is structured according to the continental European system for training engineers, with an emphasis on solid background. The duration of courses leading, after the acquisition of 300 credit units to a Diploma, of Master’s level, is five years. Operates as a State University with nine Schools, self-administered by the Senate, the Rector, the Vice-Rectors, the School Presidents, representatives of the academic staff and students from every School, as well as representatives from other university bodies.

According to QS World Universities Ranking 2016, NTUA is the leading academic institution in Greece and the only one in the top 400 institutions worldwide. The School of Civil Engineering is in the 33rd position of the world’s best schools by specialty. NTUA is in 67th place worldwide among technological universities.

At NTUA operate 194 laboratories, 140 of which are certified. In 2015, they were ongoing 1423 national and European research projects. Furthermore, NTUA Faculty members publish annually more than 3.000 scientific papers (in journals, conference proceedings, chapters in volumes etc.) which earn more than 20.000 citations.