Masterclasses at ACT

Masterclasses at ACT

Join ACT Masterclasses and get the chance to experience the world of graduate studies at a fully accredited American institution.

These online courses are open to anyone who is willing to gain hands-on experience and takeaway knowledge around a central subject that interests them.

There is no charge for participating in the courses and participants will also be sent a certificate of attendance to add to their CV.

Choose between topics in hospitality and tourism, business, and psychology and enjoy a true masterclass from our experienced ACT faculty from the comfort of your home or office.

Register below to book your seat:

Masterclass in Business: "A Brief History of Financial and Economic Crises"

Tuesday June 8, 2021 - 6:00 PM (Greek time) - Duration: 120' - Language: English

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A trip in history of economic crises during the past 4 centuries. Starting from tulips and reaching up to derivatives and complex financial products. Repeated patterns in historical crises, systematic mistakes that occur, inefficient markets, and our psychology. What went wrong in Financial Instruments and behavior? Do we ever learn?

Presenter: Ioannis Krassas, BSc Mathematics, University of Crete; MSc Financial Economics, University of Cardiff; PhD Finance, University of Exeter

Dr. Ioannis Krassas is an Assistant Professor of Finance & Economics at ACT. Dr. Krassas has taught for more than 13 years, numerous Finance, Economics and Econometrics modules at various universities in Greece and the UK. In addition to academic experience, he has worked as a consultant in major regional-development European Union projects for the 2014-2020 programming period concerning Greece. His research interests and specialization are in the field of Behavioral Finance & Economics and in particular cover topics such as: corporate disclosure policies, the effects of information, the psychology and behavior of investors and markets, choice under uncertainty, applied econometrics in various business decisions.


Masterclass in Psychology: "Social Influence and the Intricacies of Persuasion"

Wednesday June 9, 2021 - 6:00 PM (Greek time) - Duration: 120' - Language: English

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Social influence- that is, who influences whom and how easily- is one of the most interesting topics in social psychology. In this master class people’s reactions across a range of influence settings will be first discussed. Then the social psychological processes involved in persuasion will be presented. The class will conclude with covering the intricacies of extreme persuasion- why and how can people become indoctrinated.

Presenter: Maria Psoinos, BA Psychology, University of Thessaloniki ; MA, Ph.D. Social Psychology, University of Cambridge (Adj)

Dr Maria Psoinos is a social psychologist with expertise in the field of minority groups, health and psychosocial wellbeing. She holds a PhD and an MPhil from Cambridge University, UK and a BSc from Aristotle Θniversity of Thessaloniki, Greece. Maria has worked as a researcher and lecturer in the UK (University of Cambridge, St George’s University of London, Kingston University) and in Greece (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, National School of Public Health, University of Macedonia). She is currently Adj. Psychology Professor at the American College
of Thessaloniki, Greece.
Maria is continuously involved in research collaborations. She has published a number of articles and book chapters on the concept of migrant integration; skilled migrants’ and refugees’ professional experiences and psychosocial wellbeing; health and social care services for migrants, refugees and ethnic minorities; qualitative research principles in health and social care.


Masterclass in Hospitality: "Tourism in the Post-Covid Era"

Thursday June 10, 2021 - 6:00 PM (Greek time) - Duration: 120' - Language: English

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The idea of the course is based on the radical changes that tourism is and will be facing due to the Covid19 experience. All aspects of tourism: travel, accommodation, leisure, catering, etc are being redesigned so that to cope with the needs that are raised due to the pandemic.

All stakeholders, including organizations and businesses of any size, business owners, managers, suppliers, employees and of course travelers and tourists have to get immediately used to this new form of tourism that most probably came here to stay.

Presenter: Anestis Th. Anastasiou, BEng (Hons), MSc, ΜA, PgDip HET, CHT, PHM, CPC, PhD(c)

Anestis is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the American College of Thessaloniki (www.act.edu) and is teaching there at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Additionally he has extensive experience teaching internationally at various academic institutions.
His professional experience does include working for an important Tour Operator in the UK, as well as working for various International Companies at a series of managerial positions. In 2001 he founded and since then runs AA+Partners (www.training.gr), a corporate training and human resources services provider, mainly focusing towards the hospitality, leisure and retail industry.
He has been teaching since 2001 at various universities and colleges in Greece in business, management and hospitality related modules, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. His teaching and corporate training experience exceeds 16,000 hours and specializes in: entrepreneurship, human resources management and leadership,
customer service and sales techniques, professional development programs, as well as train-the-trainer.
Anestis (born 14.07.1972) has studied Mechanical Engineering in London (University College London) getting his BEng and continued with a Masters in Energy Utilisation and Management (City University). He afterwards studied Business Administration and got a Masters in International Management (King's College London & London School of Economics). Recently he completed an MA in Politics and Economics in Contemporary Eastern and Southeastern Europe (University of Macedonia). In addition he obtained Proficiency in Hospitality Management from Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne. He is also a Certified Performance Consultant from World Training Conference (Atlanta, Georgia, USA in 2008).



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