Monday Jan 26, 2015 Search
Weather | Athens
15o C
9o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Greek unis eyeing foreign collaborations

By Apostolos Lakasas

Greek state universities and technical colleges are looking all the way to the Far East for collaborations with institutions there in a bid to attract students from overseas and hopefully bring some revenues into their crisis-hit coffers.

Most rectors are eyeing China as a likely source of overseas students, while a few are exploring ways of drumming up business with Chinese companies that are active in Greece, such as shipping giant Cosco.

Meanwhile, universities are also forging ties with institutions in other countries, such as Russia and the United Arab Emirates, the latter of which is expected to inaugurate the first overseas branch of a Greek university in 2013. There also seems to be some interest from neighboring countries such as Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Albania, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Moldova for collaborations.

The rector of the University of the Peloponnese, Theodoros Papatheodorou, told Kathimerini that he has already signed a deal with the Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, which is one of the oldest in China (founded in 1796), as well as one of the biggest.

We have agreed on exchanges of students, professors and researchers, on developing political, economic and technological departments in Greece and China, and establishing permanent bodies for the study and research of Chinese and Greek culture respectively, Papatheodorou said.

Within the framework of the same agreement, the Greek university will host an institute of Sino-European studies that will be aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The University of Piraeus, in turn, has come to an arrangement with the China Youth University for Political Sciences. According to the vice rector in charge of the institutions academic affairs, Giorgos Vasilakopoulos, the Chinese university boasts a number of high-ranking politicians and businessmen among its graduates, while the collaborations signed concern exchanges of students and teaching staff, as well as the development of joint research programs.

Individual departments at the University of Piraeus, meanwhile, such as those of Maritime Affairs and Logistics, are exploring the possibility of collaborations such as studies with Chinese corporations like Cosco that are active in Greece in the sectors in which the departments specialize.

At the Agricultural University of Athens, authorities are waiting for the license to be issued for Greeces first university branch overseas, which is to be located in the UAE. Rector Constantinos Feggeros told Kathimerini that the department will be working closely with the Hail Agricultural Development Company, which is active throughout the region, and it is expected to go into operation in 2013-14 in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Southeastern Europe is where the University of Western Macedonia, which has departments in the northern cities of Florina and Kozani, is setting its sights. The institution has already forged collaborations with universities in Cyprus, the Balkans and Russia for student exchanges and staff training, but it would like to assume a more active role as a gateway of cross-border relationships, according to Theodoros Hatzipantelis, head of the universitys administrative committee.

Technical colleges (TEI) such as the Serres TEI in northern Greece, which has already embarked on a collaboration with institutions in Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Romania and Moldova, are making similar overtures. The college already has two postgraduate programs in English and wants to develop three-year undergraduate programs in languages other than Greek in order to attract foreign students.

The benefits are twofold for the institution and for the region, said the Serres TEIs head, Dimitris Paschalidis.

ekathimerini.com , Monday April 9, 2012 (20:59)  
Greek health cuts a matter of life and death on Samos
Revenge of disaffected Europe risks new crisis sparked in Greece
Experts warn of teenage gambling addiction
A great diplomat and friend of Greece, Robert Keeley dies
FOCUS
Tight election campaign prompts copycat ads
The late French poet, journalist and novelist Anatole France had some useful advice: When a thing has been said and well said, have no scruple: Take it and copy it. As Greece heads to snap...
Revisiting Hydra with Panayiotis Tetsis
According to the French Romantic artist Eugene Delacroix, the first virtue of a painting is that it be a feast for the eyes. This quality features prominently in the work of Greek artist Pan...
Inside Life
Inside Travel
Inside Gastronomy
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
RECENT NEWS
1. Tsipras win draws French congratulations, German threat
2. What now for Greece after anti-bailout SYRIZA wins vote?
3. IMFs Lagarde rules out special treatment for Greece
4. Greek bank bonds slump after SYRIZA victory raises funding risk
5. Tsipras forges anti-austerity coalition in challenge to EU
6. Greek bonds slip on Syriza victory as ECB buying mutes contagion
more news
Today
This Week
1. SYRIZA heads for historic victory but without majority
2. Greek Elections 2015: The day after | LIVE
3. SYRIZA's win will test institutions
4. Finnish PM says ready to discuss bailout extension for Greece
5. ECB cannot agree to debt relief for Greece, board member says
6. Tsipras moves to form anti-austerity government after crushing victory
Today
This Week
1. Greek Elections 2015 | LIVE
2. Grexit the only way out of valley of tears, says Hans-Werner Sinn
3. Greek Elections 2015 | LIVE
4. No debt writedown or rolling back of reforms for Greece, says Finland's Stubb
5. Greeks fork out nearly 5 pct of their incomes on telecom services
6. QE exclusion a de facto Grexit
Advertiser Link
SMART WATER Project: Outputs and conclusions of the final conference
Find us ...
... on
Twitter
... on Facebook
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright 2015, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.