The Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) was originally founded in 1920 under the name of Athens School of Commercial Studies. It was renamed in 1926 as the Athens School of Economics and Business, a name that was retained until 1989 when it assumed its present name, the Athens University of Economics and Business.

It is the third oldest University in Greece and the oldest one in the general fields of Economics and Business. Up to 1955 the School offered only one degree in the general area of Economics and Commerce. In 1955 it started two separate programs leading to two separate degrees: one in Economics and the other in Business Administration. In 1984 the School was divided into three Departments, namely the Department of Economics, the Department of Business Administration and the Department of Statistics and Informatics.

In 1989, the University expanded in six Departments. From 1999 onwards, the University developed even further and nowadays it includes eight academic departments, offering 8 undergraduate degrees, 39 Master degrees, an equivalent number of Doctoral Programs and 33 Research Laboratories. 

AUEB is ranked among top Business Schools internationally:

  • According to QS World University Rankings (2019), AUEB was ranked among places 101-150 in the field of Business and Management Studies and 150-200 in the field of Accounting and Finance. 
  • According to Microsoft Academic Search AUEB was ranked at the top 10% internationally (taking into account research publications and citations over time), and at the top 2% in Europe (taking into account research publications and citations over the last five years), in the scientific field of Financial Economics.
  • According to Eduniversal sixteen (16) Graduate programs of AUEB occupied very high positions within the best 200 programs in Europe in their specific scientific fields., while AUEB, as an institution, achieved the 49th position in 2014 among the best 1000 business schools internationally, and was thus rated as a Top Business School (4 stars). 
  • Was ranked as a top University according to Shanghai List 2017 (Academic Ranking of World Universities –ARWU)
  • Is the first public university in Greece that received the distinction of excellence, according to the internationally accepted EFQM (European Foundation of Quality Management) Excellence Model.