Dukakis Center, Eliamep join forces to host landmark event

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The Dukakis Center at ACT launched its twentieth anniversary season of public events on March 13-14 with two round tables dedicated to elections and voting in America.

The main event was co-hosted by the Dukakis Center and the Hellenic Institute for Foreign and European Policy (Eliamep) at the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens.

Mere hours after voters in Pennsylvania voted in a special Congressional election, American election experts Charles Stewart, Professor of Political Science at MIT, and Michael Ertel, Supervisor of Elections in Seminole County, Florida, shared their insights about what happened in the elections of 2016, and what observers should expect in 2018. Their comments covered the nature of the American political system, the election in 2016 of Donald Trump, the question of Russian hacking and meddling, and the role of social media in election campaigns.

Fellow panelist Aristides Hatzis of the University of Athens focused his remarks on the balanced character of American political institutions and the long term vision of the American founding fathers. Tom Ellis, Editor-in-Chef of the Kathimerini English Edition, moderated the round tale and shared his reminiscences of the political career of Michael Dukakis, the namesake of the Dukakis Center.

A large audience including senior diplomats, political leaders, academics, representatives of the national media, and Americans living in Greece attended and interacted with the speakers in lively fashion. In the words of one of the participants, it was the best election panel he had ever attended.

The round table inaugurated what is hoped to be an annual Dukakis Center event, to take place at a venues in Athens. Thanos Dokos and David Wisner, Directors of Eliamep and the Dukakis Center, respectively, also shared their vision of value of their collaboration to kick off the debate.

On March 13, Mr Ertel and Professor Stewart appeared at round table on similar subjects in the Bissell Library at ACT. They had previously spoken via Skype to an audience at the US Consulate General of Thessaloniki in October 2016.


Interview with Dr. Spanos, MD, FACS, FASCRS - ACT MBA '15

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Mr. Constantine Spanos, Associate Professor of Surgery at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, recently completed his MBA at the ACT School of Business. Mr Spanos was born in Baltimore, Maryland and moved to Greece at an early age. He is a graduate of the Aristotle University School of Medicine, and has pursued postgraduate medical training in the United States. He was a resident in General Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. He completed a fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He joined the ACT MBA program in 2015.

How would you describe your overall experience as an MBA student at ACT?

I have only positive things to say about my experience as an MBA student. The curriculum was of the highest quality, and all of our professors and instructors were well-prepared. The classes were focused and oriented towards interaction and discussion among students and faculty. The emphasis was on teamwork; excellent collaboration between students of varying backgrounds was the result. The teaching facilities and library are second to none. All in all, I found this to be a stimulating experience. 

In addition, I found the faculty to be characterized by a high level of professionalism.  All faculty are from the "real-world" of local and international business, with exceptional education and training. 

Why did you decide to pursue an MBA and what value do you think it will add to your professional development in your field? 

The main reason for pursuing an MBA was  to familiarize myself with basic disciplines in business. My family owns a major company associated with the hospitality industry, and I thought that an MBA would be of great value. It has really helped in the understanding of basic and complex concepts that pertain to most interactions and transactions of individuals and teams in the business world. 

My real "day-job" is that of a full-time academic surgeon who practices in both the public and private sector. In addition, I am a University Professor. The business concepts that I mentioned previously are applicable to my profession as well. Of note, several  medical schools in the United States have combined MD-MBA programs, such as Tufts and Boston University. I believe that an MBA is of great help to professionals who deal with a combination of decision-making, administration, as well as allocation of funds and resources. My profession is such an example.  

Was it difficult to combine your MBA studies and a demanding profession?

The ACT MBA curriculum is a demanding and high-quality program. Even if you committed yourself to it full-time, it is not easy. I pursued the part-time route, over two years. I had to combine my studies with a busy teaching and operating schedule. What made this possible was that, in the end, the MBA program was a lot of fun!  I couldn't wait to get to school, and I did not miss a single minute of class. 

If you were to describe ACT in a couple of words what would you say?

ACT: exceptional education in an exceptional setting. 


Summer Camp για εφήβους ηλικίας 15-17 ετών

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Επιλέξτε ανάμεσα σε καινοτόμα θερινά εκπαιδευτικά προγράμματα που απευθύνονται σε εφήβους ηλικίας 15-17 ετών, υπό την καθοδήγηση καθηγητών του ACT.


Νεαροί Επιχειρηματίες εν Δράσει

για μαθητές που ολοκλήρωσαν τη Γ’ Γυμνασίου

Το «Νεαροί Επιχειρηματίες εν Δράσει» είναι ένα καινοτόμο εκπαιδευτικό πρόγραμμα που στόχο έχει να αναπτύξει τη δημιουργικότητα, τη φαντασία και τις δεξιότητες των μαθητών σχετικά με την επιχειρηματικότητα.

Το πρόγραμμα βασίζεται στη μέθοδο που ακολουθήθηκε στο Jacobson Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship του University of Iowa, του οποίου η τεχνογνωσία και το εκπαιδευτικό υλικό υιοθετήθηκε από το Κολλέγιο Ανατόλια. Το πρόγραμμα που απευθύνεται σε μαθητές που ολοκλήρωσαν τη Γ' γυμνασίου και σε μαθητές Λυκείου διοργανώνεται από το Εntrepreneurship Hub (Κέντρο Επιχειρηματικότητας) του ACT - American College of Thessaloniki, του τμήματος πτυχιακών και μεταπτυχιακών σπουδών του Αnatolia College.

Οι μαθητές εισάγονται προοδευτικά στον δημιουργικό τρόπο σκέψης που τους βοηθά να αναπτύξουν διαφορετικούς τρόπους προσέγγισης των προβλημάτων και επίλυσή τους. Μαθαίνουν να ακούν αυτό που οι άλλοι έχουν να πουν, εφευρίσκουν καινοτόμες ιδέες βοηθούμενα από μία καθοδηγούμενη διαδικασία και μέσω της συνεργασίας εξοικειώνονται με τις βασικές έννοιες της επιχειρηματικότητας και της επιχειρηματικής σκέψης.  Με αυτό τον τρόπο ενημερώνονται για διάφορες επιχειρηματικές λειτουργίες και μέσω του ομαδικού πνεύματος τελικά καταφέρνουν να δημιουργήσουν τη δική τους επιχειρηματική ιδέα και να στήσουν το δικό τους Επιχειρηματικό Πλάνο. (Το πρόγραμμα διεξάγεται στην αγγλική Γλώσσα)

Καθηγητής: Ανέστης Αναστασίου
BEng Mechanical Engineering, University College of London; MSc Energy Management, City University; MSc International Management, Kings College; Pg Dip Higher Education Teaching, University of Abertray Dundee; MA Politics & Economics, University of Macedonia 

Νεανικές Κουλτούρες στη Θεσ/νίκη

για εφήβους που ολοκλήρωσαν τη Γ’ Γυμνασίου

Πρόκειται για ένα διεπιστημονικό πρόγραμμα δύο εβδομάδων στον τομέα των κοινωνικών επιστημών. Τα ερωτήματα που θα επιχειρήσει να απαντήσει είναι αν η Θεσσαλονίκη είναι μια πόλη φιλική προς τους νέους/εφήβους, ​ποιοι είναι οι χώροι ​μέσα στον αστικό ιστό της πόλης ​στους οποί​ους​ συχνάζουν οι έφηβοι​ και​ πώς τους χρησιμοποιούν​​,​ ποιές είναι οι προκλήσεις αλλά και οι ευκαιρίες ώ​στε να οικειοποιηθούν ​την πόλη μας. Το πρόγραμμα θα περιλαμβάνει διαλέξεις στο campus του ΑCT αλλά και ερευνητική δραστηριότητα στους ‘μικρόκοσμους’ των εφήβων της πόλης με συνεντεύξεις, φωτογραφίες και blogging. Στόχος του προγράμματος είναι να εντάξει τους συμμετέχοντες σε μια διαδικασία ακαδημαϊκής μελέτης και έρευνας, ομαδικής εργασίας αλλά και ενδοσκόπησης και αυτο-προσδιορισμού της ίδιας τους της ταυτότητας. Μέσα από το πρόγραμμα επιδιώκεται να δοθεί η δυνατότητα σε εφήβους να διερευνήσουν τις συλλογικές τους ταυτότητες, το πώς εντάσσονται μέσα στο αστικό περιβάλλον και πώς νοηματοδοτούνται τα αξιακά τους πρότυπα, μέσα από έναν διάλογο των εφήβων με τους συνομηλίκους τους, την ίδια την πόλη και τους κατοίκους της. Απευθύνεται κατά κύριο λόγο σε εφήβους 15-17 ετών. (Το πρόγραμμα διεξάγεται στην αγγλική γλώσσα)

Καθηγήτρια: Μαρία Κυριακίδου
BA, MA History and Archeology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; MA Anthropology, George Washington University; PhD History, King’s College London (Reg)

Εισαγωγή στη Βιοτεχνολογία

Το μάθημα έχει σχεδιαστεί για να εξοικειώσει τους σπουδαστές που ενδιαφέρονται για τους τομείς της ιατρικής, της κτηνιατρικής, της φαρμακολογίας, της βιοτεχνολογίας, της βιοχημείας, της μοριακής βιολογίας, της επιστήμης των τροφίμων και της ανοσολογίας με τη φύση της εργασίας και των δραστηριοτήτων που διεξάγονται σε ένα πραγματικό ερευνητικό εργαστήριο βιοτεχνολογίας. Το μάθημα θα προσφέρει δύο εβδομάδες πρακτικής άσκησης σε βασικές εργαστηριακές τεχνικές που χρησιμοποιούνται στη μικροβιολογία, τη βιοχημεία και τη μοριακή βιολογία. Στην ενότητα μικροβιολογίας του μαθήματος θα καλύψει βασικές έννοιες και πρακτικές μικροβιολογίας όπως η απομόνωση, η καλλιέργεια, η αναγνώριση και η ταξινόμηση των μικροοργανισμών. Στην ενότητα βιοχημείας/μοριακής βιολογίας του μαθήματος, οι μαθητές θα λάβουν πρακτική εμπειρία στην απομόνωση του DNA και την ηλεκτροφόρηση, την απομόνωση πρωτεϊνών και τις ενζυμικές δοκιμασίες. Κατά τη διάρκεια των δυο εβδομάδων του προγράμματος εκπαίδευσης, οι μαθητές θα χρησιμοποιήσουν τον εξοπλισμό που βρίσκεται στο σύγχρονο ερευνητικό εργαστήριο του ACT και θα αποκτήσουν πρακτική εμπειρία σε εργαστηριακές τεχνικές και πρακτικές, όπως επεξεργασία δειγμάτων, φυγοκέντρηση, φασματοσκοπία και βασικές τεχνικές τεχνολογίας ανασυνδυασμένου DNA. Οι σπουδαστές θα έχουν επίσης την ευκαιρία να επισκεφθούν ένα ερευνητικό εργαστήριο βιοτεχνολογίας και να συνομιλήσουν με επιστήμονες στους τομείς της γονιδιωματικής, της βιοπληροφορικής και της μοριακής βιολογίας με σκοπό να εμπνευστούν και να αναπτερωθεί το ενδιαφέρον τους για την επιστήμη. Στο τέλος του προγράμματος, οι συμμετέχοντες θα έχουν αποκτήσει πραγματική εμπειρία, συμπεριλαμβανόμενων των ανταμοιβών και των προκλήσεων, της εργασίας σε ένα ερευνητικό εργαστήριο στον τομέα της βιοτεχνολογίας. Τέλος, θα συζητηθούν βιοηθικά θέματα που σχετίζονται με αυτή τη νέα τεχνολογία. (Το πρόγραμμα διεξάγεται στην αγγλική γλώσσα)

Καθηγήτρια: Μαίρη Καλαμάκη
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. School of Veterinary Medicine, Aristotle University, Greece. MSc in Preventive Veterinary Medicine: Public Health and Food Safety. University of California, Davis. U .S.A. MSc, Food Science. University of California, Davis, U.S.A. Ph.D. in Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry. University of California, Davis.U.S.A.


1. Συμπληρώστε την ηλεκτρονική αίτηση.????


2. Κατεβάστε την αίτηση σε .pdf και στείλτε τη με φαξ στο 2310 398 389. 

Αίτηση σε .pdf

Η προθεσμία για την κατάθεση της αίτησης είναι 1 Ιουνίου 2018. Καθώς τα τμήματα μπορούν να δεχθούν περιορισμένο αριθμό μαθητών, θα τηρηθεί σειρά προτεραιότητας στις εγγραφές.

Κόστος προγραμμάτων

  • Νεαροί Επιχειρηματίες εν Δράσει: 380 ευρώ
  • Νεανικές Κουλτούρες στη Θεσ/νίκη: 380 ευρώ
  • Εισαγωγή στη Βιοτεχνολογία: 430 ευρώ

Οι μαθητές του Ανατόλια έχουν έκπτωση 20%.

Εντός μίας εβδομάδας από την εγγραφή θα πρέπει να γίνει κατάθεση €100 και η εξόφληση μία εβδομάδα πριν την έναρξη του προγράμματος.

Τρόπος πληρωμής

Η πληρωμή των διδάκτρων γίνεται μέσω τράπεζας στους παρακάτω λογαριασμούς:

Alpha Bank:                Account: 811-00-2002-004269

IBAN NUMBER: GR82 0140 8110 8110 0200 2004 269

Eurobank EFG:          Euro Account: 0026 0520 16 0200109405

IBAN NUMBER: GR10 0260 5200 0001 6020 0109 405

Εθνική τράπεζα:         Euro Account: 895/298006-10

IBAN NUMBER: GR32 0110 8950 0000 8952 9800 610

Τράπεζα Πειραιώς:    Euro Account: 5239-072914-881

IBAN NUMBER: GR02 0172 2390 0052 3907 2914 881

Παρακαλούμε σημειώστε στο καταθετήριο το όνομα του παιδιού.

Περισσότερες πληροφορίες

ACT Admissions Office
Τηλ. 2310 398 239
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Δευτέρα - Παρασκευή, 09:00 - 16:00


Summer High School College

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Calling all rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders!

Want to get a first-hand experience on college life? Sign up for one or more of our available Summer High School College courses.

June 13 - July 13, 2018



Art 130

Introduction to Photography from analog to digital era

Rising 11th or 12th graders

Computer Science 130

Robotics & Programming


Rising 10th graders with good math grades

Rising 11th or 12th graders

Economics 101



Rising 11th or 12th graders

Economics 102


Rising 11th or 12th graders

Nutrition 130: Fundamentals of

Human Nutrition

Rising 11th or 12th graders

Politics 101

Contemporary Politics

Rising 11th or 12th graders

Sociology 101

Contemporary Society

Rising 11th or 12th graders

Academic Writing   091

Rising 10th or 11th graders


Please note

  • Rising 11th or 12th graders may take a course for credit or as an audit. ACT will issue an academic transcript if the student takes the course for credit. Credits may be transferred to US colleges or universities.
  • All credit-earning courses may fulfill either General Education Requirements and/or Major Requirements at a US college/university.
  • Courses will be offered during the normal ACT Summer term (June 13-July 13).
  • Academic Writing 091 will be offered as a non-credit, three-hour Pass/Fail Course for three weeks (June 13-July 3), a total of 36 hours at a cost of 720 euros. The weekly schedule for the course is Monday through Thursday 11:00-14:00.
  • Rising 10th graders may take a course only as an audit. All courses will be offered in English


840 euros per course if taken for credit; 420 euros if taken as audit.
Anatolia High School students or recent alumni receive a 50% discount.

For more information

Ms. Roula Lebetli
ACT Admissions Office
2310 398239
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Students of the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia visit ACT

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On June 2, 2017 students of the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia visited the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT). The Academy Students were accompanied by the Honorable Ambassador Dr. Stanisa Ostojic, Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Honorable Mr. Pavic Sinisa, Consul General of the Republic of Serbia; and Mr. Kostas Georgakos, President of the Hellenic-Serbian Chamber of Commerce in Thessaloniki. The students had the opportunity to tour the ACT campus and attend a lecture by Dr. Stamos Karamouzis, ACT Provost, on the history of ACT and Greek-Serbian relations.


Competition Demystified: Conference on Business Strategy

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Ο Πρόεδρος του Αμερικανικού Κολλεγίου Ανατόλια, Δρ Πάνος Βλάχος και ο Πρόεδρος του ΣΒΒΕ, κ. Αθανάσιος Σαββάκης σας προσκαλούν σε ημερίδα με θέμα: Business Strategy: Competition Demystified.

Διακεκριμένοι επιχειρηματίες και managers από τη διεθνή κοινότητα μιλούν για την έννοια του "ανταγωνισμού" στην επιχειρηματική δραστηριότητα με στόχο να την αποσαφηνίσουν. Τι είναι μύθος και τι πραγματικότητα; 

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Τετάρτη 21 Μαρτίου 2018 | Ξενοδοχείο Porto Palace, Θεσσαλονίκη

17:30 - 18:00       Προσέλευση - Εγγραφές

18:00 - 18:10       Χαιρετισμοί

Δρ. Πάνος Βλάχος
Πρόεδρος, Κολλέγιο Ανατόλια

Αθανάσιος Σαββάκης
Πρόεδρος, Σύνδεσμος Βιομηχανιών Βορείου Ελλάδος

18:10 - 19:30       Παρουσιάσεις - Ομιλίες

Jan Hummel
Founder & CIO, Paradigm Capital

Βασίλης Αντωνιάδης
Senior Partner & Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

Χρήστος Τσεντεμεΐδης
Customer Development Director of South East Europe, Johnson & Johnson Consumer

Συντονισμός: Τζέκης ΦλωρεντίνΠρόεδρος και CEO, Sarah Lawrence S.A.

19:30 - 20:15       Ερωτήσεις από το κοινό


Jan Hummel1 150x150Jan Hummel
Founder & CIO, Paradigm Capital

Mr. Jan Hummel is the Founder, President, and Director of Paradigm Capital AG. He commenced his career at Booz, Allen & Hamilton in London and was subsequently an Investment Banker at Merrill Lynch in London and New York. Since 1989 he has independently pursued private equity investments. In 1989 Mr. Hummel made his first private equity investment, Webac GmbH, Germany. Since then he has been a principal in more than 15 private equity transactions. Four of these resulted in stock exchange listings, nine of these resulted in trade sales and two remain in the portfolio. He is a Director of Got-A-Gene AB. Mr. Hummel holds an Economics degree from the Stockholm School of Economics and an M.B.A. degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, Boston.

antoniades vassilis1 croppedVassilis Antoniades
Senior Partner & Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

Vassilis Antoniades is a Senior Partner and Managing Director, heading the BCG Athens Office.
Vassilis has been involved in the build-up of BCG Athens since early 2003 and led a number of key assignments in the region and globally. He is leading the Financial Services practice area for BCG's CEMA region (Central Europe, Middle East and Africa). He is a core member of BCG's Financial Institutions Group, as well as the Strategy, Organization and Operations Practices.
Prior to joining BCG, Vassilis served as an investment banker in New York and London, involved in IPO and M&A activity in North America and Europe.
His twenty-year long experience among other things encompasses the following: Transforming organizations especially in the post financial crisis era. His work has tackled redefining the strategy, new business model, reorganizing, deep cost cutting. In addition to his work in the banking sector, he has worked on these topics with leading organizations in various domains, from public sector to cultural foundations.
He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School (1999) and a B.Sc. magna cum laude in International Finance from Georgetown University (1993). He has also served in the Hellenic Air Force for two years as Air Traffic Controller, both in the Araxos 127 NATO Air Base and in the Piraeus Joint Naval and Air Rescue Center.
He sits on the Advisory Board of the Athens University of Economic and Business MBA Program. He is a board member of the Bodossaki Foundation and of the Benaki Museum. He is an elected board member of the American Hellenic Chamber of Commerce since September 2010.
He is married with Katerina Papageorgiou and have two children.

tsentemeidisChristos Tsentemeidis
Customer Development Director of South East Europe, Johnson & Johnson Consumer

Mr. Christos Tsentemeidis studied Marketing (Bachelor Of Science) and gained a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Suffolk University in Boston Massachusetts. He was recognized for his academic performance as a member of the Dean’s List 7 out of 8 undergraduate Semesters and graduated with Honors. After serving in the Greek army for the Tank Division he started his career in Procter and Gamble Hellas in the Supply Chain Department. After three years he accepted the challenge to work for Johnson & Johnson Consumer Hellas in the Marketing Department as Product Manager. He is a member of the Johnson & Johnson Hellas team for the past 25 years assuming different senior roles in Marketing and Customer Development. He is now the Customer Development Director for the South East Europe and he is also the President of the Efficient Consumer Response Association representing the Branded Goods Suppliers. He is 54 years old, born in Kavala, happily married with a family of 4, living in Thessaloniki and working in Athens. 

JFLORENTINJack Florentin
President & CEO of Sarah Lawrence S.A.

Jack Florentin is the founder, President and CEO of Sarah Lawrence S.A., a women’s apparel manufacturer and retailer, that today distributes Sarah Lawrence Jeans and the Danish brand Fransa. Mr. Florentin is a Greek national residing in Thessaloniki. He holds a BS (1970) and MS (1971) in Civil Engineering from the School of Engineering, Columbia University, and an MBA degree from Columbia Business School (1975). Prior to founding Sarah Lawrence, Mr. Florentin was Sales Director for northern Greece at Aigaion Textiles S.A. (1979-1982) and civil engineer at Treadwell Corporation in New York (1971-1973). He is a Trustee of Anatolia College since 2006 and served as President of the Anatolia College Alumni Association (1996-2000). He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Fulbright Foundation since 2003 and a member of the Executive Committee of the Cultural Society of Entrepreneurs of Northern Greece since 2013. Married with 2 daughters and happy grandfather.

Με την υποστήριξη των ΣΕΒΕ και ΕΒΕΘ.


Ελεύθερη είσοδος με εγγραφή. Θα τηρηθεί σειρά προτεραιότητας. Θέσεις περιορισμένες.

Στην ημερίδα θα υπάρχει ταυτόχρονη διερμηνεία. Θα δοθεί βεβαίωση παρακολούθησης στους φοιτητές στο τέλος της εκδήλωσης.

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Περισσότερες πληφορορίες

Γραφείο Δημοσίων Σχέσεων και Επικοινωνίας
Κολλέγιο Ανατόλια
Τηλ. 2310 398 220

Σύνδεσμος Βιομηχανιών Βορείου Ελλάδος
Τηλ. 2310 539817


Voting in America: What does the future hold?

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Wednesday, March 14, 6:30 PM
Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens

Please RSVP here

There are more than half a million elected officials in America, from the dog catcher of Duxbury, Vermont, to the President of the United States. Americans are called upon to vote more frequently and amply than in any other democratic country in history. 

Yet voting in America has come to be plagued by a growing number of woes, from perennial voter disaffection to an allegedly outmoded electoral regime, from an excessively decentralized approach nation-wide to election administration to a widespread reliance on shoddy technology and a singular lack of security against hacking, meddling, and malevolent interference by external actors.

2018 is another election year, and the stakes are high. Can citizens cast their ballots with confidence? Are elections safe from outside intervention? Are there any signs of improvement in how Americans administer their elections? How drastic is the current state of affairs?

In collaboration with the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), the Dukakis Center will convene a panel of experts to share their thoughts on the future of voting in America. The present event is a follow up to a round table on "Voting in America" staged in Thessaloniki in October 2016."The Future of Voting in America" 

  • Michael Ertel, Supervisor of Elections, Seminole County (Florida)
  • Charles Stewart III, Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Aristides N. Hatzis, Associate Professor of Philosophy of Law & Theory of Institutions,University of Athens
  • Moderator: Athanasios Ellis. Editor in Chief, Kathimerini English Edition 

The event will be in English


ACT presents its survey findings on visitors' preferences and behavior in Rhodes

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Confirming its leading role in tourism, the ACT School of Business just announced the final outcomes of an important survey on visitors’ preferences and behavior in Rhodes. The well attended event was co-organized with the Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Dodecanese and the Rhodes Hotel Managers Association. The Mayor of Rhodes Mr. Fotis Xatzidiakos and the Vice Governor of Tourism for the Region of South Aegean Ms M. Papavasileiou thanked ACT for this significant contribution to the tourism sector.

The results that emerged as part of the extensive tourism service quality survey in Rhodes were presented on Saturday, February 24, at the Chamber of Commerce of Dodecanese. The Rhodes Hotel Clubs Association in cooperation with American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) carried out the survey.

The survey questionnaire was translated in 4 languages and was distributed to hotel units. The sample of the survey was large, with more than 3,000 responses. The survey began in July 2017 and lasted until the end of the tourist season, aiming at upgrading and improving the services and infrastructure of Rhodes.

Among other things, the survey tries to identify the key points of tourist satisfaction, the points that attracted their interest, the amount spent both during the purchase of the package and during the stay in Rhodes, the type of accommodation chosen, etc.

The first findings of the survey were presented in November 2017 in the capital of the island during the Plenary Session of the Rhodes Hotel Clubs Association.

Some of the main findings of the survey:

  • Regarding the average stay, the Russians stay on the island for more days than the Germans or the British.
  • Respectively, the variation in the length of stay is affected by the month. September is the month with the longest stays.
  • Despite the great contribution of the Internet to the choice of Rhodes as a holiday destination, in the case of the Russians, the traditional travel agency is particularly important.
  • Beaches, nature, history and culture are the most important reasons for choosing Rhodes.
  • Over 70% of the sample spends less than 40 euros per day, in addition to the cost of their package.
  • According to the results of the survey, Russians buy the cheapest holiday packages. But those who spend less while staying in Rhodes are the Germans.
  • The overall satisfaction of tourists is relatively high. Points that need to be improved are cleanliness and transport on the island.
  • A significant percentage of tourists, although staying on the island for an average of 9 to 10 days, do not visit the old and new city of Rhodes at all.
  • The respondents will recommend Rhodes as an attractive destination, and will visit it again, at a high percentage.

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Effective Justice, Mediation, and Transparency as Key Issues in Entrepreneurship

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Effective justice and mediation as institutions that accelerate dispute resolution processes in political, social and business life, were the three pillars of the event organized by ACT's Entrepreneurship Hub at the Bissell Library on Wednesday, February 21, 2018.

The event was opened by Dr. Stamos Karamouzis, ACT Rector and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Anatolia College, who emphasized the role of education in linking the academic community to entrepreneurship and the institutions that facilitate and promote it. The event was coordinated by George Kokkas, Director of ACT's Entrepreneurship Hub, who stressed that "transparency and quick justice are important factors for an investor who wants to decide in which country he will make his investment."

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Yannis Ragoussis, former interior minister, spoke about "diavgeia", the law that was applied on his days for the publication on a central website (https://diavgeia.gov.gr/) of the decisions of government bodies and administration, introducing "social preventive control”. "Diavgeia" continues to be implemented from 2010 to date, to 4.661 government and wider public sector organizations. Up to now, 27.600.000 decisions have been posted on “Diavgeia”.

Anna Damascu, president of Transparency International-Greece, announced that according to TI Greece has climbed 10 positions, from 69th to 59th, in the global ranking in the Corruption Perceptions Index for 2017. The rise reflects the "efforts of the relevant state bodies and civil society". Damascu pointed out that more efforts are needed to make our country among the best of Europe and to create a more fertile environment for businesses to grow.

Zoe Giannopoulou, lawyer-mediator, presented the institution of Mediation, as a factor that will speed up the administration of justice and will contribute to the settlement of disputes. With to the new legislation voted recently on the Parliament, Mediation is introduced as a mandatory precondition for specific disputes. According to a study conducted in 2014 by the Euro Chambers, resolving civil and commercial disputes with the Mediation process would save up to 40 billion euros per year, and equivalent time up to 8 million years annually, at the European level.

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The Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Greece visits ACT

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The Honorable Anna Barbarzak, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Greece, visited the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) on February 9th, accompanied by the President of the Greek-Polish Association of Industry and Investment Mr. Kiros Lazaridis. During the visit, the ambassador met with the ACT leadership team and toured the campus, before delivering a lecture on the economic transition in Poland. Following the lecture, students that major in International Relations had the opportunity to ask questions and engage in a fruitful conversation with the ambassador.

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