I am delighted to welcome you to the website of the ACT - The American College of Thessaloniki.
ACT is the tertiary division of Anatolia, a private not-for-profit educational institution founded in 1886. ACT has been a bridge connecting America to Greece and South East Europe. It is one of the few institutions outside the United States with full, free-standing U.S. accreditation by NECHE, and EU validation of its undergraduate programs.
At ACT, we have created a dynamic, innovative, and demographically diverse learning community that prioritizes critical inquiry, intellectual development, and breadth and depth of knowledge. At ACT, students are empowered to learn and think differently, interact with the world differently, and become catalysts for change. Our faculty is dedicated to teaching and research, and together with our staff, takes great pride in the accomplishments of our students.
Drawing on the model of American tertiary education, ACT seeks not only to stimulate students’ academic interests, cultural awareness, and ethical sensitivity, but at the same time equip them with the skills and knowledge required for productive employment and/or graduate studies.
For International and Study Abroad students Thessaloniki is a vivid, warm, human-scale city in which most feel comfortable quickly. Thessaloniki is a living laboratory where students can meet different nationalities, articulate civic values, and become alert to cultural diversity.
Together with the Board of Trustees, the students, faculty, staff and alumni of ACT, I take great pride in welcoming you to our academic community and I invite you to learn more about the ways and means through which you might become a part of this very special and vibrant academic community.
I am very proud of our students, faculty, and staff and feel confident that you will understand why as you learn more about the ACT, its programs, and its future.
Panagiotis Vlachos, Ph.D
President of Anatolia College
Read Dr. Vlachos' short bio
Dr. Panos Vlachos was appointed to the role of 12th President of Anatolia College in May 2013. In this capacity, he serves as the lead administrator of Anatolia’s three educational divisions: Anatolia Elementary School, Anatolia High School (including the International Baccalaureate Program), and ACT - The American College of Thessaloniki.
Prior to his appointment as President of Anatolia, he served in a variety of administrative leadership positions at ACT over the past 15 years: Chair of the Division of Technology and Science, Director of the Stavros Niarchos Technology Center, Assistant Dean of Faculty, and Dean of Faculty. In 2009, he was appointed Vice President for Academic Affairs at Anatolia and Provost of ACT, serving also as the institutional-wide chief of Libraries and Information Technology.
Vlachos has worked as a Professor for over 20 years teaching at the graduate and undergraduate level. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of Applied Mathematics & Statistics and the application of information and communication technologies in teaching and learning approaches. He has supervised a number of large scale Information Technology projects and his academic research has been published in the Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society, the Journal of Applicable Analysis, the Journal of Dynamic Systems and Applications and other academic journals. He holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, an MSc in Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematical Sciences from the University of Rhode Island in the USA.