The island of Samos, the birthplace of the two great mathematicians, is an academic attraction that draws students from Greece and Cyprus who are interested in studying at the birthplace of many current mathematical concepts.

Pythagoras, the Greek philosopher, mathematician, music theorist and founder of the Pythagorean School was born on Samos in 570 BC. Pythagoras is known for forming the Pythagorean Theorem. The irrational numbers concept, the discovery of the foundations of musical tuning, as well as the theory that the Earth turned around its own axis and also around the sun are few of his contributions to science. Samos also gave birth to Aristarchus (310-230 BC) the great Greek astronomer and mathematician who presented the first known model of the heliocentric system, putting the Sun at the center of the known universe with the Earth revolving around it.

The University of the Aegean, Samos Branch, was founded to commemorate Pythagoras. The University of the Aegean has its only Science Department in Karlovassi, with three Schools: Mathematics, Information and Communication Systems Engineering and Statistics and Actuarial Science.

Nowadays, Samos welcomes refugees and immigrants who either take advantage of the convenient location as a passage onward to Europe or as a home for permanent residence, employment and a new life. For the students of our school, the refugees’ circumstances provide a prime example of how delicate life can be. This human condition, reveals to our students a real life, thought provoking illustration of how delicate life is and how so easily and violently lives can be impacted or changed by forces external to and beyond one’s control as rapidly as almost within a blink of the eye.