The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (often called the Aristotelian University or University of Thessaloniki) is the largest Greek university, and the largest university in the Balkans. It was named after the philosopher Aristotle, who was born in Stageira, Chalcidice, about 55 km east of Thessaloniki, in Central Macedonia. Its campus covers 230,000 square metres in the centre of the city of Salonica. Some educational and administrative facilities are located off campus, for practical and operational reasons.
More than 95,000 students study at the Aristotle University, 86,000 in undergraduate programmes and 9,000 in postgraduate programmes. Furthermore, the Teaching and Research Staff number 2,248 people (716 professors, 506 associate professors, 576 assistant professors, and 450 lecturers), the Scientific Teaching Staff number 84 and the Special Laboratory Teaching Staff 275 people. This is further supported by the 309 members of the Special Technical Laboratory Staff for teaching services and the 1028 members of administrative staff.