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Embrace Change

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We live in a time when everything is changing fast.

Just a few years ago, it would have seemed crazy to us to see driverless cars, to rent our home to a tourist, to watch series and movies on streaming websites rather than TV channels, or to think of becoming a start-upper like so many young people today. During our years of studies, nobody knows how many changes will have taken place; changes that might even make a degree seem obsolete. Just like a cassette tape, a floppy disk or an old-school photography film. At ACT, we believe that the role of a college today isn't to teach you things that will already have changed by the time you graduate, but to teach you how to adapt to every change. In today’s world, the choice is simple: Embrace change.

Embrace change. Study at ACT.

At ACT, the tertiary division of Anatolia College, we do not teach you what will have changed by the time you graduate. We teach you how to adapt to every change!

We offer:

  • Challenging, high quality and modular programs based on the US educational model, offering great flexibility through the combinations of majors and minors
  • An active approach to learning that is service oriented
  • An extensive need and merit-based financial aid program
  • World-class facilities
  • A diverse, multicultural environment
  • Accreditation by NEASC in the US
  • Validation for our undergraduate programs by Open University, UK
  • Experienced and highly qualified faculty
  • A dedicated, Career Services office that keeps students and alumni updated on new and relevant job postings
  • New life-long learning programs and certificates
  • A history of over 130 years in academic excellence, guaranteed by the name Anatolia College

Greek License

ACT holds a license by the Greek Ministry of Education (License Number: 108256/05.08.2013, Government Gazette 1986B/14.08.2013).

Professional Recognition

According to law 4093/2012 and subsequent regulations (Government Gazettes: 229/19.11.12, 3324/12.12.12 and 258/08.12.2014), degrees awarded for programs of studies by ACT are eligible for recognition of professional equivalency to degrees awarded by the Greek public system of higher education.

Learn more about our undergraduate, graduate, or combined degree programs.

Seize the opportunity at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at 2310 398398.

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"Meet ACT" events at the water-front pavilion

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As part of a qualitative research conducted for the city of Thessaloniki, a team of ACT students, faculty and staff has moved down-town at the glass pavilion next to Macedonia Palace Hotel. Complete their survey and get grab the chance to join our parallel "MEET ACT" events.

Monday, June 18

7 – 9pm

Γραφείο Καριέρας - Careers office
Διαχείριση Καριέρας
Ανοικτή συζήτηση για θέματα διαχείρισης καριέρας και τρόπο με τον οποίο μπορεί κανείς να διεκδικήσει την καριέρα που επιθυμεί.

Tuesday, June 19

7 – 8pm

Τμήμα Τουρισμού – Tourism & Hospitality Department
Καριέρα στον Τουρισμό μέσα από τα μάτια του επαγγελματία
Θα γίνει επίσκεψη στο ανακαινισμένο Μακεδονία Παλλάς, έναν από τους συνεργάτες του προγράμματος Τουρισμού και Φιλοξενίας του ACT, όπου θα μας παρουσιάσουν τους χώρους, τη φιλοσοφία της εταιρίας, την λειτουργία του, τις ειδικότητες επαγγελματιών που απασχολούνται, καθώς και δυνατότητες καριέρας σε έναν τέτοιο οργανισμό.

7 – 9pm

Τμήμα Ψυχολογίας – Psychology Department
Αναζητώντας την ευτυχία.
Σκοπός της διαδραστικής αυτής δραστηριότητας είναι να εξερευνήσουμε τις ρίζες μιας χαρούμενης, γεμάτης νόημα ζωής. Η δράση θα περιλαμβάνει την τεχνική του Motivational Wall στον οποίο όσοι ενδιαφέρονται θα κληθούν να γράψουν είτε δύο πράγματα που πήγαν καλά εκείνη την ημέρα είτε δυο πράγματα για τα οποία είναι ευγνώμονες. Στον τοίχο μπορούν να προστεθούν μότο και σλόγκαν που τους εμπνέουν και θα συζητηθούν με τους ενδιαφερόμενους.

Wednesday, June 20

8 - 9pm

Τμήμα Διεθνών Σχέσεων – International Relations Department
Παρουσίαση εκπαιδευτικού, ερευνητικού προγράμματος 'Στοά Μαλακοπή: Μνήμη και επιχειρηματικότητα’. Ο σκοπός της έρευνας είναι η μελέτη της ιστορίας και της επιχειρηματικής πορείας εμπόρων και επαγγελματιών που δραστηριοποιούνται σε εμπορικές στοές της Θεσσαλονίκης, όπως τις έχουν αποτυπώσει και βιώνουν οι ίδιοι. Πρώτη μελετήθηκε η Στοά Μαλακοπή ως προς τις κοινωνικές και οικονομικές αλλαγές των τελευταίων χρόνων .

Thursday, June 21

7 – 8pm

Τμήμα Επιστημών και Τεχνολογίας – Science & Technology Department
Machines Learning: Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
by Dr Alexandros Astaras

8 – 9pm

Τμήμα Αγγλικής Φιλολογίας – English Department

Ας παίξουμε με την ποίηση!
Ελάτε να φτιάξουμε ένα ομαδικό ποίημα παρέα. Διαλέξτε στιχάκια στην τύχη ή επιλέξτε αυτά που σας αρέσουν από τη συλλογή μας. Αν προτιμάτε, φέρτε τα δικά σας, ελληνικά ή αγγλικά. Ενώστε στίχους, χωρίστε λέξεις, φτιάξτε καινούρια ποιήματα, καινούρια μηνύματα. Θα φτιάξουμε ένα τεράστιο καινούριο ποίημα; Πολλά μικρά ποιήματα που θα ανατρέπουν τα αυθεντικά; Στην ποίηση την τελευταία λέξη την έχουν οι αναγνώστες που γίνονται δημιουργοί!

9 – 10pm Alumni party

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How to accelerate a startup

A great chance to learn how start-up companies evolve in world full of opportunities was offered to the 100 attendees of the “Innovation & Entrepreneurship Tour” event held on June 14 at the Bissell Library at ACT - American College of Thessaloniki. The event was organized with the partnership of the US Consulate in Thessaloniki, ACT, The Hellenic Initiative and VentureGarden.

The keynote speaker was Kurt F. Heiar from John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, Tippie College of Business, University of Iowa, and a “serial entrepreneur” as he likes to be called. Mr. Heiar is a member of the board of many Pappajohn companies in the US and lecturer at Graduate Business School of the University of Iowa. Mr. Heiar explained the steps from an original business idea to a successful enterprise, as well as what investors seek when they meet a start-up.

Prof. Stamos Karamouzis, Provost of ACT presented the tertiary division of Anatolia College, its philosophy, and programs, followed by George Kokkas, Director of the Entrepreneurship Hub at ACT, who presented VentureGarden, the training and mentoring program tailored for ambitious people with ideas who wish to enter the business world.

Mr. Michael Printzos Program Director of The Hellenic Initiative explained the philanthropic activities of THI which, on one hand, provide relief to people who suffer from the economic crisis, and on the other support initiatives such as VentureGarden which promote the entrepreneurship mindset in Greece.

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From left to right: George Kokkas, Director of the Entrepreneurship Hub, ACT, Kurt F. Heiar, keynote speaker, Michael Printzos, Program Director, The Hellenic Initiative, Prof. Stamos Karamouzis, Provost of ACT

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ACT MUN shows at Paris International Model United Nations Conference!

PARIS, FRANCE — ACT’s MUN team participated in the Paris International MUN Conference this past weekend (24-27/5), competing amongst some of Europe’s most prestigious universities. Three students of the six-person team won awards in the competitive simulation.

Model UN is a conference simulating the works of the United Nations where students serve as delegates in committees from numerous countries, presenting their respective country’s position on various topics. The PIMUN annual conference was hosted by Sorbonne University, Sciences Po, and the Institut Catholique de Paris where 600 delegates gathered from over 60 countries.

In the closing ceremony of the conference, three delegates from each of the fifteen committees were awarded for their performance and proposals: best delegate, and two honorable mentions.

Second-year student Faber Lynagh, who represented Romania, was selected as the best delegate for the UNESCO committee. Sylvia Agarici, representing Japan, was awarded an honorable mention for the Security Council Interconnectivity. Third-year student and ThessISMUN Co-Chair Karina Iskandarova, representing Norway, was awarded overall best position paper for the World Health Organization.

This is an extraordinary honour and opportunity for the ACT MUN team to represent and compete against some of the most prestigious institutions in Europe. I am extremely proud of the outcome of the team and hope we can continue this momentum into the next academic year. We have hopes of expanding the team and winning more awards!
- Drew Schmidt, International Relations (3rd Yr.)

I am very proud of our team and glad that we could well represent our school. I would like to thank ACT for their continued support.
- Faber Lynagh, International Relations (2nd Yr.)

The six-person team consisted of second year students Faber Lynagh, Sylvia Agarici, Lazaros Siantsis-Oikonomidis, and third year students Drew Schmidt, Gordan Jordanov, Karina Iskandarova.

We are very proud of our MUN team and wish them continued success!

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Summer 2018 at the American College of Thessaloniki

This summer ACT is home to 10 different programs that interest students of all ages. The summer semester at ACT is always one of the most exciting, read on to find out more about our summer studies, camps, programs and activities.

Study Abroad

ACT welcomes students from over 20 institutions in the United States and Canada to take part in ACT’s 5 week summer session that started on June 10th.

Students take advantage of the academic courses offered in Business, Social Sciences, and Technology, but one of the highlights of the summer program is always the sea sailing course which earns you 3 credits and a skippers license!

The American College of Thessaloniki includes a Thessaloniki city tour, and excursions to the Royal Tombs of Vergina, the Oracle of Delphi and to the city of Athens as part of the study abroad package.

ACT will also host two special programs:

Rutgers University

  • This summer will be Rutgers’ 5th at ACT. Run through the Modern Greek Studies Program, RU Greek Professor Katerina Kourti-Gavalas will be accompanying her students as they engage with Greece in transition. The RU students will also be participating in our service-learning programs, volunteering their time with the local community!
  • This year’s program will be especially exciting as our IPO Fellow Christina Daniskas is a recent Rutgers graduate and an alumni of the study abroad program as well!

University of Toronto

  • University of Toronto students will be spending their summer semester at ACT for a third year in a row to follow ACT Professor Maria Kyriakidou’s Politics 300 course: “Modern Greece, the Balkans, and the European Union”.
  • The Canadian students will also enjoy a full travel schedule, going to Vergina, Philippi, Kavala, Meteora, Athens, Delphi and Nafplio!

Summer Music Program

The 4th ACT Summer Music Program, in collaboration with Georgia State University, will offer master classes, lectures and discussion; and include concerts and opera production. Dr. Christos Gallileas is the Executive Director and Dr. Grigoris Baglavas the Program Coordinator.

Summer Camps

From June 25th to July 5th, ACT will host three camps for high school students.

Professor Anestis Anastasiou will be leading the 2nd “Young Entrepreneurs in Action”: a program based on material and know how used by the Jacobson Institute of Youth Entrepreneurship, of ACT’s partner institution University of Iowa.

Dr. Maria Patsarika will host a Social Sciences project, “Youth Culture in Thessaloniki”, aimed at studying how friendly the city is towards youth and teens. The program will include lectures at ACT as well as hands-on research in the city.

Dr. Mary Kalamaki’s program “Introduction to Biotechnology” will give students practical training on basic lab experiments used in microbiology, biochemistry and molecular biology. This is a program created for students thinking of following medical and veterinary studies, pharmacology, or even food science.

Business Plan Competition

The Business Plan competition, co-organized by ACT’s Entrepreneurial Hub and the Mary and John Pappajohn Foundation, helps young people get a jumpstart on their business ideas.

Proposals are currently being reviewed, the most innovative ones will be presented and the best five will receive 4,000€ each. In 2017, Nick McVeigh, a study abroad student from Pace University was one of the winners!

Greece Lacrosse

ACT will be hosting the Greek National Lacrosse team this July before they head to Netanya, Israel for the FIL (Federation of International Lacrosse) Men’s World Championship Games! The men’s team will be hosting a free all-ages clinic, open practice sessions, and a squad scrimmage. It is a very historical year for Greece Lacrosse and it’s all starting here in Thessaloniki! -- Dates: July 8-11

Stay tuned to www.act.edu for more information on this!

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ANATOLIA COLLEGE PRIVACY POLICY

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At ANATOLIA COLLEGE we are committed to protect and respect your privacy in compliance with EU- General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2016/679, dated April 27th 2016. This privacy statement explains when and why we collect personal information, how we use it, the conditions under which we may disclose it to others and how we keep it secure. This Privacy Statement applies to the use of our services and our customer contract fulfilment activities. It also applies to individuals seeking a job at ANATOLIA COLLEGE.

Who we are 

ANATOLIA COLLEGE is a non-profit educational organization with a long tradition and offering at all levels of education. It was founded in 1886 in Merzifon (Turkey) and in 1924 settled in Thessaloniki. Designed with excellence, ground-breaking educational activities and high-level teaching, ANATOLIA COLLEGE has become an educational center with pan-Hellenic and international recognition. The educational organization maintains one of the largest scholarship programs in Greece, as well as a multifaceted program of social actions and contributions.

The institution has an elementary school (Pre-K6), two middle and high schools, an IB program that prepares students for university study worldwide, and the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT), an institution of higher learning offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees in a variety of fields.   ANATOLIA COLLEGE students have access to a variety of extracurricular activities, which not only foster a collaborative spirit but also individualism, thereby acting as a platform for students to realize untapped talents and strengths.

Why do we collect and use personal data?

We collect and use personal data mainly to perform our educational services. We also collect data about suppliers, partners and persons seeking a job or working in our organization.

What type of personal data is collected?

We collect name, phone number, email address, address, job title, προφίλ σπουδών. Our legal base for personal data collection is the Ministry decision 10645/2018 and relevant legislation.

We may also collect feedback, comments and questions received from you in service-related communication and activities, such as, phone calls, documents, and emails. From our websites we may collect IP-address and actions taken on the site.

ANATOLIA COLLEGE does not collect or process any special categories of personal data, unless regulatory and legislative obligations exist and under the conditions of General Data Protection Regulation (Article 9, paragraph 2).

When do we collect personal data about you?

  • When you are using our educational services.
  • When you interact with us in person, through correspondence, by phone, by mail, by social media, or through our websites.
  • When we collect personal information from other legitimate sources, such as third-party data aggregators, public sources or social networks. We only use this data if you have given your consent to them to share your personal data with others.

We may use your information for the following purposes:

  • Send you information about our educational and/or related services that we provide
  • Send you communications including information about our services, events, school and academic activities.
  • Perform activities in cases where legitimate and mutual interest is established.
  • Provide you content and venue details on a seminar or event you signed up for.
  • Reply to a ‘Contact me’ or other web forms you have completed on one of our websites.
  • Follow up on incoming requests (support, emails, chats, or phone calls).
  • Perform contractual obligations such as order confirmation, license details, invoice, reminders, and similar.
  • Notify you about any disruptions to our services.
  • Contact you to conduct surveys about your opinion on our services.
  • Process a job application.

How do we use our students’ and parents’ data?

  • to support student learning
  • to monitor and report on student progress
  • to provide appropriate care
  • to provide scholarships and financial aid
  • to assess the quality of our educational services
  • to support you to decide what to do after you leave school

Categories of student information that we collect, hold and share include: 

  • Personal information (such as name, unique student number and contact details)
  • Characteristics (such as ethnicity, language, nationality, country of birth and free school meal eligibility)
  • Attendance information (such as sessions attended, number of absences and absence reasons)
  • National curriculum assessment results
  • Special educational needs information1 [1]
  • Relevant medical information* [2]


Collecting personal data based on consents

The collection of personal data based on consent from the data subject will be done by using “Consent Forms” that will store documentation related to the consent given by the individual. Individual consents will always be stored and documented in our systems.

Collecting personal data based on contracts

We use personal information for fulfilling our obligations related to contracts and agreements with customers, partners and suppliers.

Collecting personal data based on legitimate interest

We may use and process personal data if it is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by ANATOLIA COLLEGE or by a third party, except where such interests are overridden by the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject which require protection of personal data, in particular where the data subject is a child.

How long do we keep your personal data?

We store personal data for as long as we find it necessary to fulfill the purpose for which the personal data was collected, while also considering our need to answer your queries or resolve possible problems, to comply with legal requirements under applicable laws, to attend to any legal claims/complaints, and for safeguarding purposes. [3]

This means that we may retain your personal data for a reasonable period of time after your last interaction with us. When the personal data that we have collected is no longer required, we will delete it in a secure manner. We may process data for statistical purposes, but in such cases, data will be anonymized.

Your rights to your personal data

You have the following rights with respect to your personal data:

  • The right to request a copy of your personal data that ANATOLIA COLLEGE holds about you.
  • The right to request that ANATOLIA COLLEGE corrects your personal data if inaccurate or out of date.
  • The right to request that your personal data is deleted when it is no longer necessary for us to retain such data.
  • The right to withdraw any consent to personal data processing at any time. For example, your consent to receive informational communications:
  • If you want to withdraw your consent to receive informational communications, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Please note that you may still receive system messages and administrative communications from us such as order confirmations, system messages and notifications about your account activities. 

  • The right to request that ANATOLIA COLLEGE provides you with your personal data and, if possible, to pass on this information directly (in a portable format) to another data controller when the processing is based on consent or contract.
  • The right to request a restriction on further data processing, in case there is a dispute in relation to the accuracy or processing of your personal data.
  • The right to object to the processing of personal data, in case data processing has been based on legitimate interest and/or direct marketing.

Any query about your Privacy Rights should be sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The use of cookies and beacons

We use cookies and web beacons (‘Website Navigational Information’) to collect information as you navigate the company’s websites. Website Navigational Information includes standard information from your web browser, such as browser type and browser language; your Internet Protocol (“IP”) address; and the actions you take on the company’s websites, such as the web pages viewed and the links clicked.

This information is used to make websites work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site, and to gather such personal data as browser type and operating system, referring page, path through site, domain of ISP, etc. for the purposes of understanding how visitors use a website. Cookies and similar technologies help us tailor our website to your personal needs, as well as to detect and prevent security threats and abuse. If used alone, cookies and web beacons do not personally identify you.

Do we share your data with anyone?

We routinely share pupil information with:

  • schools or colleges that our students attend after leaving us
  • Ministry of Education 

We do not share, sell, rent, or trade your information with any third parties without your consent, except from what is described below:

Third-party Service Providers working on our behalf:

We may pass your information on to our distributors, agents, sub-contractors and other associated organizations with the purpose of them providing services to you on our behalf. 

If required by law:

We will disclose your personal information if required by law or if we, as an organization, reasonably believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our organization’s rights and/or to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order or legal process. However, we will do what we can to ensure that your privacy rights continue to be protected.

Use of sub-contractors (processors and sub-processors)

We may use sub-contractors to process personal data on our behalf; we are responsible for making sure they commit themselves to adhere to this Privacy Policy and applicable data protection legislation by signing a Data Processing Agreement.

If the sub-contractor processes Personal Data outside the EU/EEA area, such processing must be in accordance with the EU Privacy Shield Framework, EU Standard Contractual Clauses for transfer to third countries, or another specifically stated lawful basis for the transfer of personal data to a third country.

Changes to this Privacy Statement

ANATOLIA COLLEGE reserves the right to amend this Privacy Policy at any time. The applicable version will always be found on our websites. We encourage you to check this Privacy Policy occasionally to ensure that you are happy with any changes. 

If we make changes that significantly alter our privacy practices, we will notify you by email or post a notice on our websites prior to the change taking effect.

Your right to complain with a supervisory authority

If you are unhappy with the way in which your personal data has been processed, you may, in the first instance, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you remain dissatisfied, then you have the right to apply directly to your national supervisory authority for a decision.

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[1], [2], [3] Anatolia keeps information about you on computer systems and also on paper based on the Ministry decision 10645/2018 and relevant legislation.

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Entrepreneurship Uncovered: The Hellenic Initiative Visits Thessaloniki

The Hellenic Initiative, the U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki, the ACT - American College of Thessaloniki and the VentureGarden would like to invite you to a lecture given by the lecturer of John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center of the University of Iowa, Kurt F. Heiar.

The event will take place on Wednesday, the 13th of June, 2018, at 7 p.m, in the Bissel Library of ACT.

With his valuable experience serving as his guide, and having served as President and CEO in prestigious corporations in the USA, Kurt F. Heiar will present the basic steps of the transformation of an idea to a successful and viable enterprise. He will also discuss the challenges that a new entrepreneur may face, the types and the goals of the investors and the value of innovation as an important part of business strategies.

Register here

The Hellenic Initiative visits Thessaloniki

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Dukakis Center hosts round-table on Greek-Turkish-US relations

In a unique exercise in track-two diplomacy, the Dukakis Center and the Center for International and European Studies at Kadir Has University in Istanbul (CIES) co-hosted a round table on Friday, May 18, on geopolitics in the Aegean, with a particular focus on the triangular Greek-Turkish-US relationship.

An all-star panel of scholars from Kadir Has and select Greek universities set the stage for an understanding of Greek-Turkish, and Turkish-Greek, bilateral relations. Notable was the revelation that very few academic programs exist in Turkish and Greek universities with a formal focus on the neighboring country. Co-organizer Dimitris Triantafyllou, the director of CIES, observed that Kadir Has is an exception in this regard, where Greek and Turkish scholars collaborate pedagogically on a daily basis.

So mentioned was the fact that while Greeks may seem preoccupied by their Aegean neighbors, for many Turks Greece does not rank particularly high as friend or foe. Rather, in popular opinion, if not in policy circles, Israel is now seen to be a major rival, while Russia is felt by many to be Turkey’s closest friend; such was pointed out by Mustapha Aydin, President of the International Relations Council of Turkey.

Overt criticism was generally minimal. Characteristic was the tone adopted by Pavlos Apostolides, former Director of Greek National Intelligence, whose intervention was at once precise and understated. One exception came in the presentation by John Koenig, former US Ambassador to Cyprus, who expressed his fear that long-time allies Turkey and the United States seemed to be drifting apart.

The prevailing mood was rather one of accommodation and mutual understanding, as befits a landmark event with preeminent speakers. As one observer noted, there is a reason to be optimistic about the state of Greek-Turkish relations in particular, despite certain current and long-standing concerns.

The Dukakis Center, ACT, and Anatolia College have organized many events on local and regional affairs, featuring speakers such as Elizabeth Prodromou, Van Coufoudakis, Suhnaz Yilmaz, Van Coufoudakis, Alvaro de Soto, Heath Lowry, and Kostas Ifantis.

In attendance at the event were Giorgos Paschalides, former Minister of Macedonia-Thrace; Spyros Pengas, Deputy Mayor for International Relations; and William McGrew, former President of Anatolia College.

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Nikos Dimitriadis: ACT rocks!

Professor of World Religions at ACT, Greek ambassador of Globethics, head of the environmental campaign at the Center for Ecumenical, Missiological and Environmental Studies (CEMES), a frontman in the indie-rock band “The Gang”. Nikos Dimitriadis is a genuine performer - a "rock star" as the Huffington Post wrote.

He gives concerts for thousands of people, promotes environmental justice among young people worldwide through his music project called "Smile", and at the same time keeps his energy and spirit up for his students at ACT.

Globethics, Religion, Environmental Consciousness. And rock music. What is the common ground between these fields?

You can find common ground in themes that, at first sight, look different and then start building a relationship on them. This is how I live my life. For me it’s so natural to live with all those mentioned and even more in my everyday practice. First, they all have to do with ethics, conducts and performances. 

Take for example, rock music. Rock is not a genre; is an attitude. Playing my music is an exhilarating experience. I have exactly the same feeling when I am in class teaching ethics. Singing and teaching are both performances. You give your best in front of an audience. 

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What are the updates and the results of your world tour? How do people respond to this a music project that carries a message?

To start with, it was a great experience. This world is so colorful and diverse and that’s its beauty. There are so many identities! People think in different ways, act differently but there is common ground that unite us all. I think this is a common, yet unwritten code of ethics. In order to understand someone’s perspective you should first understand their context. A world tour helps you realize this. The Smile World Tour does not convey a common message to all. It’s more of a suggestion to look things from a different perspective. I would say that “SMILE” it’s not a theory. It’s more of an action. It enhances you to perform, which brings us to performance again.

What has this experience offered you on a personal level? Is it useful for your teaching?

A World Tour can definitely offer you a lot. As a Historian of Religions, I experienced and materialized many things I was reading all those years during my personal research. Through World Religions one can examine the religious beliefs of persons as they develop through time and space and as we comprehend them in a framework of cultural and psychological data.

A tour offers a unique approach to those data. Interacting with people of different cultural, religious or, I’d better say, spiritual beliefs and experiences, can bring you closer to the comprehension of humanity in general through the study of sentiments and attitudes. I think this experience added value also to my teaching. The students’ comments in their evaluations of my teaching make a special reference to the fact that I use real life examples in class during my course on World Religions and this greatly facilitates their understanding of the religious traditions of several spiritual backgrounds we examine.

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Can you share with us some of your methods and teaching approaches?

“Imagination is more important than knowledge” said Albert Einstein. I’m trying to light up students' imagination.

Books provide knowledge and the role of the educator is to open this window of knowledge and provide students with the tools to build their own worldview.

Something else I constantly keep in mind is that when a student fails it’s not only a student’s fault. Educators should be always alert to the fact that education and pedagogies are changing and they should try to find ways to make their courses more attractive to their students. 

If I would use only one word to describe my method, I would use the word “interactive”. In class we share experiences and real life examples and we try to understand ourselves, each other and the universality and multiplicity of the various traditions.

What do you enjoy most about ACT? How would you describe it?

Being in class! When I say “class” at ACT I don’t only mean the curricular but also the co-curricular and extracurricular experiences. ACT not only provides but also encourage this way of “learning in action”. 

Thessaloniki’s ACT is a crossroad of civilizations and more than any other institution in the region it offers this intercultural opportunity to our students.

If I would like to describe this teaching experience at ACT I would say that those classes are a journey of discovery both personal and of this world.

Through that journey we become more appreciative of the “experience of being human in the universe”.

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ACT introduces the New Greek Poetry

It is difficult / to get the news from poems / yet men die miserably every day / for lack / of what is found there. - William Carlos Williams

On Tuesday evening, May 22, over 60 people participated at an event co-organized by the English department of ACT-American College of Thessaloniki and the ΣΑΙΞΠΗΡΙΚόΝ bookstore to discuss the new Greek poetry as brought together in the award-winning bilingual anthology “Austerity Measures/Μέτρα Λιτότητας” (Penguin, New York Review Books, Άγρας). It was the anthology’s first ever presentation in Greece, occasioned by its recent Greek edition.

The event was part of a series established by the ACT English department that aims to bring academic discussions beyond a classroom setting, expanding its boundaries.

Joined by six of the anthology’s poets Yorgos Alisanoglou, Vassilis Amanatidis,
Glykeria Basdeki, Thomas Ioannou, Elsa Korneti and Stamatis Polenakis, the anthology’s editor Karen Van Dyck, Hellenic Studies professor at Columbia University and Eleni Godi, Coordinator of the ACT English undergraduate program, set the background frame and presented the history behind the anthology’s conception and creation. Following the reading of a number of poems and brief statements by the participating poets, the prize-winning playwright and poet Sakis Serefas moderated a lively and thought-provoking discussion that centered around complex but necessary questions: how can one define poetry written at the margins; how did the publishing journey of poetry written in the provinces change at the age of internet; what are the implications of what Serefas called “the foreign perspective” to the new Greek poetry, the editor’s perspective, in this case? Finally, he challenged the use of the term “anthology” for this particular work, calling it “composition” instead. Towards the end, poets took turns and offered their reflection on their own presence within “Austerity Measures”.

The wine and cheese small reception that followed the discussion proved an excellent opportunity for further talk; ACT students had the chance to meet their favorite poet, books were signed, poets mingled with the audience and ideas for future events already started flowing.

ACT introduces the New Greek Poetry

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