Voting in America: What does the future hold?


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

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

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

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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Career Week 2018


See the full schedule below and register to the presentations of your choice:

Monday, March 5

All Monday presentations will take place at the Bissell Library.

12:00 - 13:00
Introduction to Blockchain Technologies
Dr. Konstantinos Karasavvas

The fundamental concepts and benefits of blockchain technology will be presented together with use cases to provide real-life context of the technology.

Details & Registration: https://guestli.st/499161

13:00 - 14:00
The selection interview process
Ms. Georgia Routsou

The below will be analyzed and in the end there will be an example as well for a certain position.

Recruitment: The engaging of the number of people required by the company

Selection: The act of choosing a person who will give the company the results that it wants for a particular job. Selection is therefore concerned with measuring quality Recruitment and Selection is the beginning of a process that can have a far-reaching effect on the operation, both positive and negative.

Details & Registration: https://guestli.st/499170

14:00 - 15:00
Entrepreneurship in Greece and how to start you new venture with Venture Garden, Anatolia's accelerator
Mr. George Kokkas & Ms. Athina Noussiopoulou

Join a presentation and discussion about the startup ecosystem in Greece - and specifically in Thessaloniki - and learn how the Anatolia's accelerator - Venture Garden - can help you bring your business idea to life.

Details & Registration: https://guestli.st/499890

15:00 - 16:00
Brain drain
Mr. Kostas Poulopoulos

Enter the world of branding with the help of Mr. Kostas Poulopoulos, account manager at BeetRoot, who will not only share his work with BeetRoot but also his insight on a great career issue, that of Brain Drain.

Details & Registration: https://guestli.st/499188

16:00 - 17:00
International business: Challenges and required skills
Ms. Angelos Papageorgiou

As national markets are becoming more and more integrated with the development in technology, international trade and business have become very important parts of our lives. Understanding of cultural issues and the importance of adapting company’s strategy to the new global environment becomes crucial for multinational enterprises. To thrive in the world of international business today demands an entirely different set of skills than was expected even a decade ago. While strong technical know-how is still essential, it’s the “soft skills”that can mean the difference between survival and true success in international business.

Details & Registration: https://guestli.st/499179

17:00 - 18:00
Accounting for startups (in Greek)
Mamaras & Associates

Mamaras & Associates will lead a discussion especially for new and aspiring entrepreneurs who wish to gain an insight to key accounting issues they will have to face as they create their new venture

Details & Registration: https://guestli.st/499197

18:00 - 19:00
Financing opportunities for startups (in Greek)
Mr. George Kokkas

Financing opportunities for new ventures in Greece.

Details & Registration: https://guestli.st/499215

19:00 - 20:00
Legal issues for new ventures (in Greek)
Mr. Periklis Botsoglou

Periklis Botsoglou, a seasoned lawyer of Thessaloniki, will introduce aspiring entrepreneurs to the key legal issues that you have in mind when starting their new venture.

Details & Registration: https://guestli.st/499233

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Tuesday, March 6 - English, Communication & New Media Sessions

The following English, Communication & New Media presentations will be held at the Bissell Library.

11:00 - 12:00
Copywriting: Drawing on the power of words
Mr. Thomas Mikroulis

Love the power of language and have a passion for creativity? Maybe a career as a copywriter is what you're really after! Explore what it means to be a copywriter in the offline and online world, see examples of inspiring works and learn what it takes to succeed in the business!

Details & Registration: https://guestli.st/499449

12:00 - 13:00
A day in the life of a copywriter
Ms. Tania Minogianni

What would I have liked to know when I first started writing for a living.

Details & Registration: https://guestli.st/499458

13:00 - 14:00
Media copywriting: media & qualifications - is it a dreamy job with a rotten reality?
Ms. Eleni Omirou

We will scan together the various media existing in Greece today – print, web, TV and radio. We will examine the how this area operates in today’s reality and go through the options.Also discuss how to get an early start in the field. Journalism, Marketing,Social Media; we’ll see how they are all interconnected nowadays and what are the needs and opportunities in this area.

Details & Registration: https://guestli.st/499467

14:00 - 15:00
Creative writing: how ιt should and how ιt should not be taught, prospects and options of teaching it
Ms. Chloe Koutsoubeli

  1.  Definition of creative writing
  2.  How creative should creative writing really be?
  3. When did Creative Writing first appeared as a course? Where is it being taught in courses of D. Is writing a matter of inspiration or a matter of technique?
  4. What can be taught and what cannot be taught in a course of creative writing.
  5.  Why should someone choose a creative writing teaching job?

Details & Registration: https://guestli.st/499476

15:00 - 16:00
Student Initiative | English & Communications
Vasili Gialantzis, ACT Newspaper

Details & Registration: https://guestli.st/500547

Tuesday, March 6 - Technology Sessions

Technology sessions to be held at the Stavros Niarchos Technology Center, Bissell Library

10:00 - 11:00
3D Printing
Mr. Antonis Tsarsiotis

Details & Registration: https://guestli.st/499287

11:00 - 12:00
Medical Engineering
Dr. Alexander Astaras

Details & Registration: https://guestli.st/499350

12:00 - 13:00


13:00 - 14:00
Artificial Intelligence in our lives: trends and prospects
Dr. Stamos Karamouzis

Dr. Stamos Karamouzis, a seasoned AI expert, will guide us through the world of Artificial Intelligence, the ways it changes our lives and the future prospects.

Details & Registration: https://guestli.st/499386

14:00 - 15:00
Starting a career in the video games industry
Mr. Chris Loukovikas

A brief talk about my initial impressions of studying towards an MSc in Computer Games Technology in London, and some insight about do's and don'ts that helped me land my first job in the video games industry. “How different is the education system in the UK?”, “What is it that you do when working with video games?”, “Is it always raining in London?” are some of the questions that I’ll be doing my best to answer throughout this presentation."

Details & Registration: https://guestli.st/499404

15:00 - 16:00

Student Initiatives | Technology
John Mazanis, Questionnaire mobile app
Konstantinos Theodoridis, PENDING

Details & Registration: https://guestli.st/500538

Wednesday, March 7

All Wednesday presentations to be held at the Bissell Library.

11:00 - 12:00
Finding your career path in International Relations
Dr. Sotiris Serbos

The aim of the talk is to help students identify various career options in the field of International Affairs. A discussion will follow on skills required and abilities needed in order to progress in a multidisciplinary and highly competitive marketplace.

Details & Registration: https://guestli.st/499683

12:00 - 13:00
A career in political communication and policy-making: applications in scientific research, politics and media
Dr. Panagiotis Paschalidis

The fields of political communication and policy-making are not only quintessential to the globalized democracies of modern time; they are two of its most dynamic aspects that highlight the evolution of public sphere in the context of our Information Societies. Just as the technological platforms converge in order to unify the channels of numerous media contents, so have the boundaries between various forms of communication become much more flexible. A researcher who adopts the strategies of political communication and the logic of mass media in order to maximize the impact of his/her work and disseminate it more effectively; a politician or consultant who tries to build convincing narratives and attractive as well as effective policies combining scientific data and the views of public opinion; a journalist who in the effort to inform must constantly provide a synthesis of all the above are some of the most powerful examples of the multiple roles and tasks that one has to perform in order to fit into a very competitive and ever evolving public sphere.

Details & Registration: https://guestli.st/499692

13:00 - 14:00
Political Science as a Vocation in our times
Dr. Harris Mylonas

Dr. Harris  Mylonas will share with you his experience in the field and discuss career options and paths for political scientists.

Details & Registration: https://guestli.st/500178

14:00 - 15:00


15:00 - 16:00
Student Initiative | International Relations

Details & Registration: https://guestli.st/500565

16:00 - 17:00
Ms. Evangelia Tsoukalidou

Details & Registration: https://guestli.st/499701

17:00 - 18:00
Misinformation, Disinformation and International Relations: the importance of understanding media ethics in NGO work’ / : the importance of ethical media engagement in NGO work
Ms. Ruth Sutton

The CDRSEE, working in the fields of education for social change, and democratic media engagement is at the forefront of the drive to uphold critical thinking and multi-perspective media literacy in Southeast Europe at a time of unprecedented distrust in the media and a time of a rapid rise of extremism and media fragmentisation.  

‘Fake news’ is not a new phenomenon; it has been with us for hundreds of years in the manner in which each country teaches its own history (in school text books and via informal means in museums, parades, national memorials and celebrations) and upholds its national identity at times of crisis (through propaganda).  What is new in recent years, is the manner in which news is not only consumed, but also produced.  We, the citizens, can not only choose what to read, see and hear, but we can also produce news –via blogs, Youtube, social media etc-and influence it, via how many times we share, re-tweet etc.  Due to the 24 hour news cycle and instantaneous news updates online, journalistic ethics and standards have fallen drastically in recent years and the ‘if it bleeds, it leads’ mentality of journalism has become ever more prominent as channels compete for viewers, without necessarily checking sources (the old journalistic ‘norm’ was to have guarantees from 2 reliable sources, prior to publication).  These issues, together with the ability for polarised groups to form ‘media echo-chambers’ with like minded people globally, combine to create a new, immediate and rapidly rising danger in which people only see, hear and experience what we already agree with and label rational argument and fact as ‘fake news’ as it suits us.

Working with civil society, NGOs, political groups and interest groups to influence social change, it is essential to be able to identify not only ‘disinformation’ but also ‘misinformation’ and to be able to discern not only WHAT the truth is, but also WHY someone deliberately constructs false news and what its effects may be and its ramifications on international relations.

Details & Registration: https://guestli.st/499710

18:00 - 19:00
Panel discussion: Working with international NGOs
Ms. Iana Nazarenko, Ms. Magdalena Tosheva

Iana Nazarenko and Magdalena Tosheva, ACT alumni who currently work with NGOs focusing on refugee issues, will share their experience from the field.

Details & Registration: https://guestli.st/499719

Thursday, March 8

The following presentations will take place in New Building’s Conference Room (1st floor).

10:00 - 12:00
Service Design: creating meaningful customer experiences
Ms. Janet Kostrevski


Details & Registration: https://guestli.st/499899

12:00 - 15:00
From Lego Serious Play to leadership ideals, co-creativity and effective teamwork communication
Person - Group - System

The intervention aims to foster the development of leadership and team building skills to all participants through the innovative use of the Lego bricks. The term intervention is preferred to the term workshop, because through experiential exercises, the participants will come to understand their strong and weak sides, and evolve in order to lead a healthy work group and build a high performance team. All these skills are of high importance in any job position you might find yourselves in the future. The duration of the intervention is 3 hours and no prior experience in leadership or team building training is needed to attend it. Only your passion and readiness to evolve. The intervention is implemented by the medical company Person – Group – System (www.persongroupsystem.com) which is specialized in the development of Wellness Programs for the workforce of companies and organizations. It is going to be a 3 hour intervention, with 2 breaks or more if needed. The participants are expected to arrive at least 30 minutes before the beginning of the intervention.

Details & Registration: https://guestli.st/499728


Bissell Library

Monday, March 5
13:00 - 15:00
Startup fair

Within our Career Week we have invited local companies (mostly startups) who are interested in meeting with students and alumni and offer internship and/or entry level job opportunities.
If you are interested in attending this StartUp Fair, please register and don't forget to bring your resume!

Details & Registration: https://guestli.st/499917

Wednesday, March 7
13:00 - 15:00
Contribution Fair

Within our Career Week we have invited NGOS and local social organizations who are interested in meeting with students and alumni and offer volunteer, internship and/or entry level job opportunities. If you are interested in attending this Contribution Fair, please register and don't forget to bring your resume!

Details & Registration: https://guestli.st/500529

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The Second Semester of ‘Education Unites: From Camp to Campus’ has started at ACT

The spring I semester has begun and 22 new refugee students have been accepted into the ‘Education Unites: From Camp to Campus’ program at ACT.  This makes a total of 32 students enrolled in this scholarship program, organized by the U.S. Embassy in Athens, in collaboration with the American College of Thessaloniki – Anatolia College.

The beneficiaries of the program will attend preparatory English classes in various fields based on their previous knowledge and academic training, and fundamentally, they will have the opportunity to continue their education and acquire skills and credits that they will be able to use either in Greece or in any other country they move to in the future.

The students originate from a variety of countries such as Syria, Iraq, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Liberia, Kuwait, Palestine, Nepal, Liberia, Somalia, Morocco, and Iran.  This program has united these students through education.

For more information regarding the program at ACT, please contact:

Mona Siksek
Coordinator of the Camp to Campus Program
Tel: 2310-398 346
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Interview with Kyriakos Kontaxian, President of ACT Alumni Association

Kyriakos Kontaxian, Center Manager, Mediterranean Cosmos, is President of ACT Alumni Association and an Anatolia College High School alumnus. With his inspiring and generous personality Kyriakos leads ACT Association with a new and dynamic vision engaging its members to support the education and social mission of ACT.

You are an ACT Graduate. In which way was ACT instrumental in your successful professional development?   Did your experience at ACT prepare you for the demanding business reality?

I am an Anatolia lover! I graduated from Anatolia High School and later on from ACT, back then known as SBALA and ACHS.

There were, and still are, many colleges. There were, and still are, many places that you can take courses and end up with your desired degree. But, there are not many places that promote students’ personal development. This is one of the most important areas that ACT set the basis for, preparing me for the next day and for the demanding business reality. Soft skills, self-knowledge, values and ethical standards were founded during college years at ACT. All the above, coupled with the excellent environment, facilities and high faculty standards, made ACT instrumental in my professional development and makes ACT the best choice for your college studies in Greece.

What do you remember fondly from your student years? 

Besides the excellent curriculum and our profound professors, what I remember fondly is the feeling of belonging to a community. So many activities were taking place, clubs and events, excellent on-campus student life and last – but definitely not least – the chance we had to meet and socialize with exchange students from different parts of the world, resulting in a lifetime experience we enjoyed daily on our wonderful campus.

What would you advise an ACT student who is in search of studies or a profession? What should be the criteria to make this choice?

Although sometimes we don’t know what exactly we will end up doing, we must choose studies or professions that we have a special feeling for. Love what you do and devote yourself to it!

Skills and attitudes are extremely important in everything we do. There will be so many graduates, from a wide number of colleges and universities. One must find a way and stand out from the crowd. One must realize in which way he/she is different from the others and how he/she will make the difference. Make sure that this one will be you!

What are the challenges of your position at Mediterranean Cosmos? 

Having 200 stores, traffic that reaches approximately 8 million visitors per year, shop owners, employees, suppliers, events going on and so many other things and tries to keep everyone happy! This is actually the biggest challenge! We want everyone that honors us by choosing to visit Mediterranean Cosmos premises to simply gain an unforgettable experience! 

As the President of the ACT Alumni Association, what is your vision for this alumni group? Which are your priorities?

The main objectives of the ACT Alumni Association are to promote close relations between the American College of Thessaloniki and all ACT graduates, make known the interests of alumni to ACT, create a strong and lasting reference point for all graduates and postgraduates, while also build up a social and professional network.

It is a known fact that for any non-profit association it is vital to find ways to raise funds in order to carry out and support its various activities and projects. Many of you by experience would know this is no easy task, especially nowadays. The ACT Alumni Association is continuously faced with this rather challenging task.

Another issue that we are faced with is maintaining direct communication with our alumni body. Such being the case, in collaboration with the ACT’s respective departments, we are trying to build an up-to-date alumni database. I trust that the launch of our brand new website during 2018, will contribute to this ongoing procedure in order we can then jointly work with Anatolia/ACT for a strong Alumni Campaign that will have a wider impact.

At the same time, I would challenge all of you to think of the possible ways you can give back to our College, to whatever extent you are feeling comfortable with. And I do not mean just monetarily, though that is, of course, always welcome. There are many ways one can give back, from career and academic mentoring to volunteering time at on and off campus events, to simply attending academic and social events. Soon you will find out that giving back has another important benefit: it feels good!

What message would you like to send to the ACT alumni?

Every graduate from ACT is blessed. It is not only the courses we have taken during college years, but the whole experience that is worth living by having attended ACT. Nonetheless, we all need to keep in mind that your relationship with ACT does not end at graduation. We encourage you to stay ACTively Connected, keep your contact data updated constantly in order to keep on receiving the latest news about the place you used to feel like “home” and ultimately decide whether you wish to be a part of it at any moment of your life. For some this connection to ACT may come in the form of simply attending events organized by the College and the Alumni Association or volunteering for mentoring and addressing to current students. For others, it might be the need to reconnect, get in touch again with former classmates to remember the past or create a special network to the demanding entrepreneurial world, a network of “owns”. After all, the ACT Alumni Association is each and every one of You, ACT is you. We are here for each other, simply make the next step and get in touch with us. It is the start to creating something we will all be proud of, together. 


More Democracy, Less Euroskepticism


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!

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


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

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