More Democracy, Less Euroskepticism

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The Michael and Kitty Dukakis Center for Public and Humanitarian Service
With the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences at ACT

Invite you to take part in an


A workshop on the future of the European Union

Friday, March 9, 2017 (17:00- 21:00) and
Saturday, March 10, 2017 (10:00 – 21:00)

Manolis Anagnostakis Hall, Municipality of Thessaloniki

Keynote speaker
William Valasidis
Director of Communications of the Court of Justice of the European Union

Under the aegis of the Municipality of Thessaloniki

The objective of the workshop is to stimulate discussion on broader principles and procedures of democratic governance in the EU, address the so-called EU “democratic deficit,” and engage youth in decision-making processes on a local, national, and European level.

This call is addressed to

  • University students and young professionals interested in the European Union and its future
  • High School students who would like to explore the ways in which the EU works, as well understand better such themes as citizen rights and obligations in a democratic polity

Under the direction of experts, participants will be divided into working groups to discuss specific themes (such as transparency, democracy and populism, democracy and crisis management, technology and democracy, media and democracy, electoral procedures, etc.). Each working group will assign a rapporteur to present its conclusions in a plenary session.

Working language: English (Greek for High School groups)

Certificates of attendance will be provided by the Dukakis Center.

Register here

Further Information

The Michael and Kitty Dukakis Center for Public and Humanitarian Service
Εmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel: +30 2310 398 227


ACT Alumni won the Cup!

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The most successful game to date between the ACT basketball team and the SBALA-ACHS-ACT Alumni took place on Wednesday Jan.24. Nineteen alumni from graduating classes of 1990 to 2007 gathered in the Anatolia gym and played a challenging and interesting game with the fourteen ACT student-members of the ACT basketball team. 

Experience overcame youth and the alumni won 77 by 75.

A few more games between the two teams will further strengthen the ties between alumni and ACT, providing the necessary competitive experience for the ACT basketball team as they prepare for an international tournament in Belgrade, Serbia in May.

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Program Courses

Published in Psychology

ACT’s upcoming BS in Psychology will provide students with fundamental knowledge of the key concepts, theories and overarching themes in psychology, enhance students’ aptitude for independent and cooperative work, develop diverse conceptual, analytical and communication skills for academic  and professional purposes, improve student’s ability for self-development, increase students’ employment prospects in increasingly dynamic and multicultural social and working environments.

It features a series of inquiries into more fundamental questions: why people do the things they do and how they interact with others. Many junior and senior requirements and electives echo these matters, focusing on themes such as child development, mental and emotional health, human interaction, criminal behavior, employment and more. Emphasis will be placed on creative, critical and analytical approaches to learning in the following major areas: knowledge and understanding, cognitive, practical and professional skills.

Degree Requirements

In order to receive the BS degree, the student must have fulfilled all the GER and major requirements and have completed at least 121 US credit hours with an overall G.PA of 2.0 or better. All Psychology students take a two-semester sequence Senior Thesis I and II course. According to NEASC Standards, students must complete at least one fourth of their undergraduate program, including advanced work in the major or concentration, at the institution awarding the degree. As a consequence, all candidates for an ACT degree must have been in residence at the College during the last two semesters of full time instruction, assuming availability and equivalency of transferable courses.

Open University degree structure

The program in Psychology is pending validation by Open University: under this scheme, 24 out of the 40 courses required for a Bachelor’s degree are expected to receive validation by Open University. Students must necessarily take the fourth year courses at ACT. Successful students will receive a Bachelor’s degree from Open University in addition to the ACT degree for a single course of studies by meeting the common set of requirements (in addition to meeting General Education Requirements).

Indicative Major Requirements

  • Psychology 120 - Developmental Psychology I (Pre-natal and pre-school years)
  • Psychology 121 - Developmental Psychology II (Child and Adolescent)
  • Psychology 130 - Cognition: Human Learning and Memory
  • Psychology 150 - Psychophysiology of Behavior
  • Research 199 - Research methods and analysis
  • Psychology 202 - Personality Theories
  • Psychology 204 - Social Psychology
  • Psychology 221 - Cognitive neuroscience
  • Psychology 240 - Forensic Psychology
  • Psychology 250 - Psychopharmacology
  • Psychology 218 - Psychopathology
  • Psychology 305- Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Psychology 400 - Psychological Assessment

Indicative Major Electives

  • Psychology 270 - Health, stress and adaptation
  • Psychology 215 - Positive Psychology
  • Psychology 255 - Sports Psychology
  • Psychology 310 - Organizational psychology
  • Psychology 303 - Educational Psychology
  • Psychology 320 - Dialectical therapy
  • Psychology 330 - Psychology of immigration


Published in Psychology

ACT’s upcoming BS in Psychology is designed to be a novel and contemporary program up to date to the academic and professional trends. It will be based on prevalent US and UK standards like all other ACT undergraduate programs. It will be characterized by a firm grounding in the disciplinary foundations to the Psychology degree, such as theory, main concepts, methods, debates and applications in Psychology.

Further requirements will familiarize the students with clinical, developmental, educational, counseling, experimental, social, forensic psychology and neuroscience. They will also comprise practical experience of designing and carrying out psychological research, as well as evaluating and reporting its results. Students will learn to work with data, synthesize hypotheses and use information technology. 


Forecasting the future of the tourism industry

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The Tourism of Tomorrow conference, organized by ACT, under the auspices of SETE (The Greek Tourism Confederation), aimed to decode the future of tourism, with the help of distinguished guests and prominent professionals across the industry.

Held at Makedonia Palace Hotel on Friday, January 19th, the event was deemed a resounding success.

Tourism of Tomorrow Conference

View the speakers' presentations online.

Read more in Anatolia College's official press release (in Greek).


Lesvos: After all, it's still the Aegean!

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In a crowded Town Hall meeting, organized by the Tourism Association of Molyvos, on February 3, 2018, the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) presented the communications strategy which aims to recapture tourism growth on the island of Lesvos.  Taking into account local and regional dynamics, as they have evolved during and following the 2015 refugee crisis, Lesvos: After all, it’s still the Aegean, the Molyvos/Lesvos II project, proposes a communications strategy to reposition the region and, more generally, Lesvos in targeted tourist source-markets. 

Prior work on branding, positioning and vertical markets is the basis of the communications strategy, which details the message map and the associated channels of communication, aimed at increasing tourism by raising awareness and influencing perceptions among likely travelers. Sponsored by Dan and Helen Lindsay, who were also the major sponsors of the work done in 2012, the Molyvos/Lesvos II project manifests experiential learning at its best in ACT’s graduate programs. As part of an advanced marketing course in the MBA program, the project was completed by an ACT MBA select team, Maria Giokarini and Ioanna-Maria Nella, led by Marketing professor Mr. Mousiades and coordinated by Dr. Sevasti Kessapidou, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Acknowledging the school’s significant contribution in the concerted effort to impact tourism growth in the region, Nikos Molvalis, President of Tourism Association of Molyvos, extended an award to ACT.


Effective justice and entrepreneurship

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The Entrepreneurship Hub of ACT, in collaboration with Transparency International Greece, is organizing an open conference on "Effective Justice and Entrepreneurship" to be held in Greek. Read more below:

Το Entrepreneurship Hub (Κέντρο Επιχειρηματικότητας) του ΑCT και η Transparency International Greece (Διεθνής Διαφάνεια–Τμήμα Ελλάδας) σας προσκαλούν σε ημερίδα με θέμα:

Αποτελεσματική απονομή δικαιοσύνης και επιχειρηματικότητα.
Ξεπερνώντας τις παθογένειες.

την Τετάρτη 21 Φεβρουαρίου 2018 στις 6 μ.μ. στην βιβλιοθήκη Bissell του ACT.


Γιάννης Ραγκούσης
πρώην Υπουργός Εσωτερικών
Η καινοτομία της δι@ύγειας ως εμπειρία και πράξη απόλυτης διαφάνειας

Άννα Δαμάσκου
Δικηγόρος, Πρόεδρος της Transparency International Greece
Επενδύσεις και επιχειρηματικότητα σε ένα κράτος δικαίου

Ζωή Γιαννοπούλου
Δικηγόρος – Διαμεσολαβήτρια
Η διαμεσολάβηση ως μοχλός ανάπτυξης της επιχειρηματικότητας

Είσοδος ελεύθερη. Θα ακολουθήσει cocktail.

Δηλωστε συμμετοχη


Contact the Hub

Published in The Entrepreneurship Hub

If you wish to get involved with the Entrepreneurship Hub and its various activities, either as a participant or a mentor, feel free to contact us for further details:

George Kokkas
Director of Entrepreneurship Hub
ACT Bissell Library, Room 108
T: (+30) 2310 398 344
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Athina Nousiopoulou
Administrative Assistant
ACT Bissell Library, Room 108
T: (+30) 2310 398 347
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Meeting the new mentors of the Entrepreneurship Hub

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The Entrepreneurship Hub of the ACT School of Business successfully organized a meeting with the mentors who support the startup teams of the Entrepreneurial Program VentureGarden  held on Wednesday, January 17, in Bissell Library.  It is particularly encouraging that distinguished entrepreneurs and business executives of Thessaloniki, many of whom are graduates of Anatolia High School and ACT, voluntarily share their knowledge and experience with the new VentureGarden teams who wish to excel in the business arena. The mentors are:

  • Jack Florentin, Founder, President & CEO of Sarah Lawrence S.A.
  • Dimitris Takas, General Manager IRI Solar Energy former M.D. Barba Stathis SA
  • Loukas Ioannidis, Managing Director Rialto
  • Anestis Anastasiou, Coordinator in Tourism & Hospitality (ACT)
  • Evita Gantina, Adjunct Instructor ACT
  • Konstantinos Konstantinidis, CEO Pelopac
  • Sotiris Bantas, CEO Centaurtek
  • Dinos Hadjiioannou, CEO of Hippokrates
  • Rania Semertzian, Director of Anatolia Public Relations & Communications  
  • Kyriakos Fourniadis, Co-Founder at WBS - Web Business Services (WBS IKE)
  • Lina Tsaltabasi, CEO OECON Group
  • Charalampos Tziogas, CDO Noema Games, CNO Yummy Wallet Software Solutions
  • Despoina Amarantidou, Partner & General Manager ARTION CONFERENCES & EVENTS
  • Dimitris Kourtesis, Research, Product and Business Development Apifon
  • Christodoulos Spagakas, Founder of Building Automation Technical Intelligence Company
  • Anna Chlioura – Pantelis Zarkos, Founders of Elektronio startup
  • Dimitris Papadopoulos, Founder of Hermes Healthcare Limited
  • Tasos Panagis, Marketing Manager of Solo Pro 
  • Giorgios Kokkas, Director of the Entrepreneurship School of the ACT School of Business
  • Nikos Doulamis,  Managing Director at Eurythmia Medical Network
  • Glykeria Varsami, Co – Owner of Technical Company Karanasios – Varsami General Partnership, Co – Owner of Karanasios – Varsami LTD, Co – Founder of PLin Nanotechnology S.A.
  • Ioanna Tziriti, Marketing Manager Isomat
  • Mouratis Konstantinos, CEO of OnarTech LTD, Managing Director ThesanVentures
  • Christina Dimatati, Senior Human Resources Business Partner Stone Group 

Mentoring is particularly widespread in Europe and its contribution is important to the business solidarity in Greece, especially to the new economic reality that the economic crisis has brought to the Greek society.


Memorandum of Cooperation signed between ACT and Thessaloniki Convention Bureau (TCΒ)

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ACT is proud to announce the signing of a cooperation memorandum with the Thessaloniki Convention Bureau (TCB). ACT's Provost Dr. Stamos Karamouzis together with TCB's President Mr. Yiannis Aslanis have joined forces for a cooperation that would bring mutual benefits for both organizations. The Memorandum was signed during the conference "The Tourism of Tomorrow" which was organized by ACT on Friday, 19th January 2018, in Makedonia Palace.

ACT's vision to set up a regional hub for tourism and hospitality has spurred interest and has created links to the industry, setting the basis for the future leaders of tourism. The cooperation memorandum includes various common events and activities in order to promote and develop Thessaloniki as an international destination and enhance the students' professional skills through continuous practical experience.

Read the full Press Release (in Greek).

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