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Compulsory education in Greece comprises primary schools and gymnasium. Nursery schools are popular but not compulsory. Kindergartens are now compulsory for any child above 4 years of age. Children start primary school aged 6 and remain there for six years. Attendance at gymnasia starts at age 12 and last for three years. Greece's post-compulsory secondary education consists of two school types: unified upper secondary schools and technical-vocational educational schools. Post-compulsory secondary education also includes vocational training institutes which provide a formal but unclassified level of education. As they can accept both Gymnasio (lower secondary school) and Lykeio (upper secondary school) graduates, these institutes are not classified as offering a particular level of education.
Public higher education is divided into universities, "Highest Educational Institutions" and "Highest Technological Educational Institutions". Students are admitted to these Institutes according to their performance at national level examinations taking place after completion of the third grade of Lykeio. Additionally, students over twenty-two years old may be admitted to the Hellenic Open University through a form of lottery. The Capodistrian university of Athens is the oldest university in the eastern Mediterranean.
The Greek education system also provides special kindergartens, primary and secondary schools for people with special needs or difficulties in learning. Specialist gymnasia and high schools offering musical, theological and physical education also exist.
Some of the main universities in Greece include:
• National and Capodistrian University of Athens
• National Technical University of Athens
• University of Piraeus
• Agricultural University of Athens
• University of Macedonia (in Thessaloniki)
• University of Crete
• Technical University of Crete
• Athens University of Economics and Business
• Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
• University of the Aegean (across the Aegean Islands)
• Democritus University of Thrace
• University of Ioannina
• University of Thessaly
• University of Western Macedonia
• Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences
• University of Patras • Charokopeio University of Athens
• Ionian University (across the Ionian Islands)
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