The International Hellenic University is adding a new collaboration to its portfolio, a move which is aimed at strengthening its position on the global education map as well as its position as a hub for the development of Greece’s international relations through academic studies.
Starting this year, the Thessaloniki-based institution is putting together a summer studies program in association with Canada’s McGill University. The program title is “Mediterranean and European Interconnections.”
According to Basil Gounaris, professor of modern history at Aristotle University and a member of the IHU’s governing board, Thessaloniki’s cultural and historical heritage, together with its strong academic community, make the northern port city an ideal location for a summer school program addressed to students reading history, art and archaeology as well as those focusing on the geopolitical aspects of the modern Balkans, the Mediterranean and the Middle East.
In English, the summer study program lasts for four weeks, with courses running from June 8 to July 5.
“The program is not a simple replantation of Canadian students in Greece. Its aim is to develop a pivotal hub with regard to communication between Greece and Canadian professors and students, as well as collaborations between a new generation of Greek academics and the practices of the Canadian university system,” noted the Greek institution, focusing on the need for more of an outward-looking stance as far as the local academic education community is concerned, as well a reinforcement of the ties between Greece and the diaspora, through “a channel of knowledge, education and human resources in the field of the humanities, a field of privileged action for Greek universities par excellence.”
The IHU’s school of humanities is also continuing with two more summer school initiatives whose programs take place from June 29 to July 10. Introduced in 2013, “Nationalism, Religion and Violence” takes place in collaboration with Charles University in Prague, the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) in Cyprus and the support of the LSEE – Research on South Eastern Europe (a unit based at the LSE’s European Institute). Also on the summer school roster is “Ancient Technology and Crafts,” a program exploring technological innovation in the ancient world, particularly ancient Greece. Leading young researchers from Greece and abroad will be teaching the summer courses.