The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (UoA) is the largest state institution of higher learning in Greece, and among the largest universities in Europe. With a student body of about 108,000 undergraduate and 11.000 postgraduate students, 15.000 PhD Candidates, over 2.000 members of academic staff and approximately 1.300 administrative and secretarial staff and specialized 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 courses.
The basic principle of the work carried out by the university staff is that research does not only help the production of new knowledge but links the University to the society and the market. The research and its prospective for development in new areas have highlighted UoA as a modern, robust, academic organization of great status and high reliability in the international scientific community.
The Pedagogical Department of Primary Education of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens’ broader contribution to education and to society is significant. It has undertaken a lot of initiatives and projects, which aimed at the improvement of the teacher’s status as well as of the quality dimension in education.University of Athens provides an extensive research programme focused on the development and evaluation of teacher training courses, possesses the know-how to evaluate both the student learning outcomes and the outcomes of the project as a whole and contacts with a broad range of organizations active in education, and visibility through conferences and specialized publications. UoA will bring a team of scientists specialized in researching, testing and evaluating new teaching methods to this project to evaluate the proposed methodology and its overall impact. UoA was also a partner in the Schools: Future Labs and CRADLE project.