The collaboration between the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) and the Center for Greek Language (CGL), with the aim of promoting Greek Studies abroad, was presented by AUTH Rector Prof. Nikos Papaioannou and CGL President and Scientific Officer of the “Iason” Program, Ioannis Kazazis. The presentation took place during a Special Permanent Committee on Greeks Abroad meeting.

“We have a comparative advantage both as a university and as a country. Apart from investing in engineering and biology, we also have a comparative advantage in the humanities”, said Mr. Papaioannou and referred to AUTH’s Faculty of Philology international distinction as well as the international agreements that focus on the promotion of Greek studies.

AUTH’s Rector referred to the “Iason” program which promotes cooperation with 16 Universities in Russia, Ukraine and Georgia, as well as agreements with Armenia, Bulgaria, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Serbia, regarding Greek language student exchange programs. Regarding AUTH’s collaboration with US universities, M. Papaioannou referred to Harvard and Delaware.

Mr. Kazazis spoke about CGL’s actions, both independently and in close cooperation with AUTH. He noted that the Center has been firmly supported for more than two decades, by the Ministry of Education, the General Secretariat of Hellenes Abroad and the Ministry of Culture.

Mr. Kazazis also explained that “for 25 years, CGL has been collaborating with the Philosophy Department in its activities, the “School of Modern Greek” for teaching it as a second foreign language, the “Iason” Program and the “Manolis Triantafyllides Foundation”, as regards to publishing and the development of digital applications”.

According to CGL chairman, the Center’s strategy focuses on “providing certified and high quality Greek learning that meets even the highest expectations as well as the new wave of Greek immigrants to Europe. A reliable and not haphazard training of all teachers of Greek as a foreign language within the country, to prepare them for the teaching in classrooms with a mixed student body.”