The Ionian Academy was the first university of modern times established in Greece before it became a free State. It was founded in Corfu by the British philhellene Frederic North, Earl of Guilford and operated for forty years, from 1824 to 1864, under his direction. It comprised Schools of Theology, Law, Medicine and Philosophy. After Guilford’s death in 1827 the administration was assigned to a three-member committee. Many students from Greece graduated from it to become useful scientists in much-needed professions. It was succeeded, in modern times, by the actual Ionian University.