ACT Career Week 2017

In the first week of March, 2017, the Career Office of the American College of Thessaloniki organized the 2nd Career Week, hosting 36 events in 4 days and attracting 570 attendees.

During the career week students and alumni had the opportunity to attend workshops, discuss with field experts and join company presentations and interviews. The first results for the students were imminent, as within the next week we had the first job offers!

The career week was supported by all ACT Academic Divisions, the Bissell Library, the Student Government and Radio ACTive, our on-campus radio station, all significantly contributing to its success.


Culture and Tourism for economic growth and tackling the crisis

Friday, March 31,10:00-14:30

Bissell Library, Anatolia College of Thessaloniki

How can we combine tradition and cultural heritage with new technologies and innovation, and in the meantime keep authenticity intact?

What is the role of culture and tourism in respect to social needs? How we can leverage innovation and alternative courses of action?
How important is collaboration, networking, and local support groups, in terms of extroversion and openness at a national and international level?
We will be answering all these questions and many more during the 1st interdisciplinary culture(c)rises conference, organized by Heritage Training, with the support of ACT.

Admission is free. Please note that the conference will be held in Greek.

In order to secure your seat RSVP at http://culturecrises.weebly.com


Israeli-Greek Cooperation in the New East Mediterranean

a lecture by Professor Aristotle Tziampiris

On Wednesday March 15th, 2017, from 10:30 to 12 noon, Dr. Aristotle Tziampiris, Professor and Chair at the Department of International and European Studies, University of Piraeus and an Anatolia College alumnus (Class of 1988) presented at the ACT Audio-Visual Room a lecture titled: “Israeli-Greek Cooperation in the New East Mediterranean”.  

It was an event organized by the ACT, Division of Humanities and Social Sciences with the support of the Michael and Kitty Dukakis Center for Public and Humanitarian Service and it was well attended by Anatolia College and ACT colleagues and a good number of ACT and Study Abroad students.

The lecture offered a unique and stimulating perspective into the topic and it was followed up by a thought-provoking discussion.


MITEF 2017 - An Entrepreneurship Hub success

Another success for the Entrepreneurship Hub of the Anatolia School of Business followed the presentation of MITEF Greece startup Competition 2017, held at the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) on December 5, 2016, at the Bissell ACT Library. MIT Enterprise Forum Greece announced the 25 semifinalist teams shortlisted to proceed to the next round of MITEF Greece Startup Competition, one of which graduated from VentureGarden of Thessaloniki and the second was one of the winning teams of John and Mary Pappajohn Business Plan Award Competition 2015.

Specifically, the first group is QBRIQ - Mobile App Service Checking Customer Reward Trataro - graduated from the 5th round of VentureGarden and the second, 3easyR - Web app for easier reading on the internet from people with learning difficulties - winner in the Annual Entrepreneurship Competition of John and Mary Pappajohn Business Plan Award Competition 2015 organized by the Entrepreneurship Hub of the Anatolia School of Business.

Because the event was co-organized by MITEF Greece Startup Competition, Anatolia School of Business and VentureGarden participants had the opportunity to learn about the competition. For the next three months, the semifinalists will attend an intensive mentoring program and will have the opportunity to improve their business skills, acquire appropriate knowledge and the ability to have access to a network with successful mentors and entrepreneurs in Greece and abroad.


Professor Effie Cochran awarded Greek Diaspora Fellowship to work with ACT

Effie Papatzikou Cochran, Professor in the English Department of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, was awarded a Niarchos Greek Diaspora Fellowship  to travel to Greece and work with the American College of Thessaloniki's English Programs, training English faculty in enhancing student language skills through the application of "X-Word Grammar."

Thanksgiving Day at ACT

Some memories are unforgettable, remaining ever vivid and heartwarming as Thanksgiving Day at ACT was! A variety of activities were held that day starting by the thanksgiving lunch served by the college! It had most of the traditional foods that best represent the thanksgiving lunch and also by eating all together created the feeling of being like home. Also there was a Thanksgiving wall in which students wrote what or whom they are thankful for.  So, If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share! That’s exactly what Act students and staff did! With an initiative taken by the SGA which were selling paper hands with a chocolate included where students could write to another person whom they were thankful for having in their life, were raised some funds which were sent to the The Free Health Care Center in Thessaloniki. Happiness  and thankfulness  was all around campus that day!


ACT Drama Club performing “The Happy prince”

On December 2, 2016, the ACT Drama Club presented Oscar Wilde’s “The Happy Prince” at Raphael Hall. It was the first performance of the newly-established ACT Drama Club, initiated by a small group of very enthusiastic first-year students who joined their talents and love of theater to make this happen.

Working alone, with no club adviser, they relied on each other’s skills and became more than actors: the protagonist, (Konstantinos Deligiorgis) was also the director, the co-protagonist (Sonja Choko) was the music teacher, and others took charge of the poster and the props.

The kindness and the sacrifice which is central to Wilde’s story were well-suited to the festive season of the particular month. The theme of giving to others and doing good, also seems apt to what this group of students accomplished in such a short time: with their hard-work, commitment and independent spirit, they reminded us that the true meaning of education is to found outside the classroom as well; working as a team, giving up your free time, giving pleasure and joy to all of us, teachers, friends and family, who were present that night. And ultimately, whatever the shortcomings of this first student performance, it is the enthusiasm and those values that will stay with us.


The Happy Prince: Konstantinos Deligiorgis
Little Swallow: Sonja Coko
Poor mother and daughter:
Laura Kotaidou, Eri Karagianni
The Young Playwright: Li Wu
The Little Match-Girl: Karina Iskandarova
The Mayor: Nikos Gatzoulis
The Mayor’s Guard: Ioannis Deligiorgis


Director: Konstantinos Deligiorgis
Narrator: Vasiliki Mandaltsi
Sound and Lighting: George Kyriakopoulos


How do senses and emotions influence investment decisions

The Anatolia School of Business at ACT joined forces with NN and 3K Investment Partners in order to organize a unique event on Behavioral Finance, which combined the experience of all partners.

The event successfully took place on November 30, 2016, at the Bissell Library at ACT, in front of a wide range of participants of various ages and from various industries. At first, ACT's instructor George Anastasiadis shared his long-term experience on national and regional economics, focusing on the conflict between national and global macroeconomic goals that sustain the global crisis. The second speaker, Theo Lizardos Chief Sales support 3K IP delivered a highly interesting speech on behavioral parameters and how these influence people's choices. He concluded that usually people and investors do not always act rationally, due to social factors. An interesting discussion followed, based on participants' interest on both global crisis and behavioral influence, moderated by Dr. Nikos Hourvouliades, Head of the Anatolia School of Business. The event concluded with a reception that kept discussion active and renewed interest for another similar event in the future.


MITEF Greece Startup Competition 2017 in Thessaloniki

The participation and the great interest (more than 130 participants) featured the opening of the MITEF Greece Startup Competition 2017 in Thessaloniki held at the Bissell Library of the American College of Thessaloniki, on December 5, 2016.  The event was co-organized by MITEF Greece, Anatolia School of Business and Venture GardenDr.Panos Vlahos, President of Anatolia College, made the opening speech emphasizing on the special support that Anatolia College offers on the current forms of Entrepreneurship based on its innovative programs.  During this special event, the participants had the unique opportunity to listen to Dr. Nikolaos Mavridis, Founder and Director of Interactive Robots and Media Lab, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who presented Interactive Robots and Media Lab and shared interesting insights on the latest developments in robotics and its usefulness in improving the future quality of human life in the fields of medicine, industry, entertainment, education, etc.  Following, Mr. Vassilis Papakonstantinou, Chaiman of MITEF Greece, informed the audience about the competition and Dr. Dimitris Kontarinis, Director of the Entrepreneurship Hub, Anatolia School of Business at ACT presented the four teams of Thessaloniki, EventReception.com, Elektronio Handcrafted Vehicles, ErgoSensePro and BAeTI which managed to be among the 25 semifinalist teams of the MITEF Greece Startup Competition 2016.  It should be noted that two of them, Elektronio Handcrafted Vehicles and BAeTI, are VentureGarden Thessaloniki graduates.

Applications for the 3rd MITEF Greece Startup Competition are open to all eligible teams/startups till midnight December 30th, 2016. For more information regarding the MITEF Greece Startup Competition application, please advice the FAQ’s page and the Eligibility page.

For detailed information on the specific legal rules and terms of participation, please follow Rules & Terms of Participation page.


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