Panteio University came to life thanks to the restless mind of a Limassolian!

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The founding of Panteio University is closely connected to Georgios S. Frangoudes, born in 1869 in the historic Frangoudes family in Limassol, who was the son of Socrates Frangoudes and Zoe Pilavakis. Georgios Frangoudes, who was a staunch supporter of the Liberal party of Eleftherios Venizelos, wished to see the establishment of a Higher Education Institute in Greece, that would be responsible for edcuating the 'ruling class.'

Georgios Frnagoudes and his family.

In order to raise funds for the construction of the school, he made repeated pleas for assistance both locally and abroad, and traveled to America to convince expats there to help support the project that he and Alexandros Pantos had envisioned. 

He had completed his studies in Law in Athens and Political Science in Paris. He was an academic, a lawyer, a politician, a journalist, a researcher, an educator, a writer, a wanderer, a nature lover and much more.

In 1924, he founded the company “Educational Renaissance,” within which the School of Political Science was founded in 1930. 

The School was eventually renamed Panteio School in 1931, after Alexandros Pantos, who had left his inheritance as a means to establish and operate it.

The portrait of  Georgios Frangoudes is now kept at the Municipal Historical Archives and Museum of Limassol. In the photo, the historian Titos Kolotas narrates the story of this distinguished, but mostly unknown, Limassolian. 


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