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“Mines, olives and monasteries: Aspects of the environmental history of Chalkidiki” conference was held on Thursday, July 16th and Friday, July 17th 2015 coordinated by the IHU and the Law Association of Thessaloniki. The conference was a great success and we were delighted to welcome such a great group of academics to share their knowledge on Chalkidiki, an area with archaeological findings, abundant narrative and archival resources, but also a controversial public image, where quality agriculture, tourism, monasteries and extractive industry coexist.

The conference was coordinated by Basil C. Gounaris, Professor of Modern History at the Department of History & Archaeology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki who gave a welcome address and introduced the lecturers Professor Antonio Ortega Santos from Granada, Assistant Professor Selçuk Dursun from Middle East Technical University, Ankara and Assistant Professor Vaso Seirinidou from National Kapodistrian University of Athens. It is worth noting that during the opening event a documentary on the environmental history of Chalkidiki, directed by Mr. Manolis Zandes, was presented. This documentary, which was a part of an inter-scientific research programme funded by the General Secretariat of Research and Technology - GSRT (Programme Excellence II), will be complimentary distributed to public Junior High Schools and High Schools in Chalkidiki. The second day, the conference was held at the premises of the International Hellenic University, with 15 invited speakers.

The event ended with questions and discussion with the participants. It is worth noting that in September 2015, the School of Humanities of the International Hellenic University is organizing the 2nd International Workshop on the Black Sea in Antiquity.

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The participants of the Product Design Summer Camp 2015 had the chance to visit design companies and studios as part of their educational agenda in Thessaloniki on July, 3rd.

During their visit at MAKE Creative Spaces SKG, they had the chance to speak to the co-founder Christos Kyrou, who gave a thorough and informative presentation of the company's background, aims and motivation. He introduced the digital workflow and machinery to the Summer Camp participants and they had the unique opportunity to see products that where designed and fabricated in-house, understand the technological challenges that occur and the solutions adopted. The available carpentry equipment as well as the digital fabrication machinery (Laser cutters - 3D printers) coupled with the expertise and know-how of the team, create a hub for product design and development in a seamless design-to-production workflow. The guided visit to MAKE SKG offered an overview of "state of the art" design and fabrication processes and enriched the Summer Camp agenda with real case studies drawn from contemporary design practice. You can find more photos here.



The International Hellenic University is participating for the third year running, in the “Study with a Scholarship” program offered by the NGO “Equal Society”. We offer four full scholarships to young people from financially vulnerable social groups, such as the long-term unemployed, families with disabilities, single-parent families or families supporting more than one student.

The four full scholarships are available from a choice of 18 programmes, for the academic year 2015-2016.

The candidates wishing to apply for a particular scholarship have to fill in the application form of “Equal Society” and the IHU application form. Both of these applications are provided on the “Equal Society” website.
Both applications should be submitted to “Equal Society”.

More information and the application form can be found on the following

The deadline for these scholarships is the 31st of July 2015.

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The NGO Equal Society – Society of Equal Opportunities, having as its mission to promote equality in education and the labour market and fight poverty, social exclusion and unemployment, supports the potential of education for financially vulnerable social groups, by implementing the programme “Study with Scholarship!”. The programme runs under the aegis of the Greek Ministry of Culture, Education and Religious Affairs and the Youth and Lifelong Learning Foundation.

For other Scholarship Programmes offered by the International Hellenic University, please visit

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