The Epirus region was filled with historical memories, since the Greek people had preserved their cultural traditions and had contributed to the crystallization of a national consciousness. Throughout the Ottoman rule, Ioannina managed to maintain its cultural independence and pave the way for a national uprising. However, Ioannina as well as the Epirus region was not annexed into the Greek state until 1912-13. The people of Epirus suffered even more during the years of World War II, the Axis Occupation of Greece, and the Greek Civil War. Nevertheless, they found the strength to endure and claim their rightful position among Greek society.
Efforts for the establishment of a university date back to the late pre-revolution period. At that time, prominent Epirot intellectuals had ventured to establish university schools in the region.
Following the foundation of the Society for Epirot Studies (1954), the request for the establishment of a Higher Education Institution, which would affirm Epirus’ cultural background and would promote the city of Ioannina and the wider region in every aspect, held strong.
In 1962, a Central Committee for the Foundation of a University in Ioannina was established in Athens. Its sole purpose was to effectively assert and broadly promote the Epirots’ fair request for the foundation of a third University or independent post-educational theoretical or technical schools in Ioannina. In one of its proclamations in July 1962, the Committee called on every official and unofficial authority, and every Epirot citizen, to take action for the realization of the above request.