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1821-2021: From the struggle for independence to the cultivation of knowledge: The University of Athens in the newly established state

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1821-2021: From the struggle for independence to the cultivation of knowledge: The University of Athens in the newly established state

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2020-2021

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The theme of the competition is inspired by the bicentenary (1821-2021) of the Greek Revolution and the Struggle for the freedom of the Greeks. Already, in the revolutionary years there was intense discussion and thought about the creation of the university, which was considered as the main pillar for the cultivation of knowledge after liberation. In the period 1828-1831 during the short governance of Ioannis Kapodistrias, the first co-educational schools operated but the request for the establishment of a university did not proceed. In 1837, seven years after the establishment of the independent Greek state (1830) and three years after the transfer of the capital from Nafplio to Athens (1834), the country's first University was founded under King Otto.
The History Museum, in collaboration with the Historical Archive of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, invites secondary school students to listen to the messages of that period and render in their own way the symbolism of the anniversary for the country. More specifically, the two institutions seek to connect the struggle for freedom with the desire to cultivate knowledge and the 1821 Revolution with the values of higher education.

(Edited and translated abstract from organiser’s website)

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