The first, indirect evaluation of the performance of Greek universities in setting up EU-funded research programs has demonstrated both the superiority of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and the Technical University of Crete (TUC), and the wide disparities between higher education institutes in the country’s center and on the periphery. This first assessment, for the purpose of seeking and distributing community funds of 65 million euros for course improvement, ended with 145 of the 189 programs that had been submitted being approved – an amount of 77 percent. Conducted over the last six months by 10 assessors of international repute, the survey showed a clear gap between universities in the center and in the provinces but also recorded major efforts to upgrade some technical colleges (TEI). A number of institutes did not even submit one research program, regarding it as a lost cause from the first. Of the NTUA, TUC and Athens Agricultural University programs, 100 percent were approved against 93 percent for those of Athens University, 83 percent for Athens University of Economics and Business (ASOEE), 80 percent for the Aegean University, 74 percent for Thessaloniki University, 71 percent for the University of Patras, 60 percent from the University of Ioannina and 64 percent of the universities of Crete and Thrace.