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Scholarships to graduates of the Chair of Pontic Studies of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki for postgraduate studies at the International Hellenic University granted by the Ivan Savvidis Charitable Foundation

The Ivan Savvidis Charitable Foundation offers two scholarships for the Master of Arts in Black Sea and Eastern Mediterranean Studies offered by the School of Humanities of the International Hellenic University to graduates of the School of History and Archaeology or other Schools of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki who attended courses of the Chair of Pontic Studies in the academic year 2017-2018.

The scholarships will be awarded by the Ivan Savvidis Chair of Pontic Studies of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and will give students the opportunity to acquire a postgraduate degree in the History and Culture of the Black Sea and Eastern Mediterranean.  

The Ivan Savvidis Chair of Pontic Studies of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, from the very first moment of its operation, has focused on the study of the History the Hellenism of the East, aiming not only at strengthening the undergraduate studies on the subject but also at gradually creating a group of young scientists who will become engaged at postgraduate and doctoral level with unresearched aspects of the rich history of the Greeks of the East and especially of Pontos. The Chair of Pontic Studies was founded in the Faculty of Philosophy of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in May 2017 with the support of the Ivan Savvidis Charitable Foundation.

Interested candidates are invited to submit their application and supporting documents, as described on the website of the School of Humanities of the IHU, through the following link:

Selection will be based primarily on the candidates’ academic achievement in the courses attended at the Chair of Pontic Studies as well as to courses relevant to subjects offered by the Master of Arts in Black Sea and Eastern Mediterranean Studies.

For more information, applicants may contact the Programme Manager of the School of Humanities by phone at 2310807529, or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The International Hellenic University is happy to announce its Partnership for the MSc in Bioeconomy: Biotechnology and Law with the University of Leiden, Netherlands and Perseus Company, Belgium within the framework of the Erasmus + 2018 Strategic Partnership for the Higher Education Sector. The aim of the Partnership is to connect Academia with the Bioeconomy market and to develop a curriculum that responds to the needs of the students in combination with the needs of the labor market, in biosafety related subjects. The partnership will address the gaps in academic knowledge and relevant skills in biosafety, biorisk management in clinical research and environmental protection in direct connection to the market and societal needs.

The purpose is to design a curriculum addressing student and labour market needs through hands-on activities and case-study analyses. Our students will benefit from the teaching, experience and guidance of Biosafety Specialists in the Environment and Clinical Research and will have the opportunity to be trained for a week at our Partners' premises on practical topics related to managing biosafety issues. Our Partners include the University of Leiden, Netherlands (, world-leader in Biosafety assessment in Biomedical research and the Belgium-based Perseus Company, specializing in consulting in Biosafety management and Biotechnology regulatory challenges (

Congratulations to our recent EMBA graduates, Margarita Angelidou, Ioanna Papachristou, Stavros Barmpas and Spyros Sofianos, for winning the Environmental Awareness Award OIKOPOLIS 2018, for their assignment 'Strategy for increasing awareness about the benefits of pedestrian mobility and accessibility to public spaces for the citizens of Thessaloniki'! The award ceremony was organized for the tenth consecutive year by the organization ECOCITY on 2 June 2018 on the island of Milos, Greece, under the auspices of the Municipality of Milos.

The assignment was carried out in the framework of the Field Trip of IHU’s EMBA programme, under the valuable guidance of Dr. Korina Katsaliaki and Dr. Stavroula Laspita. The purpose of the assignment was to develop an integrated strategy for increasing the awareness of citizens of Thessaloniki, as well as businesses and public organizations about the benefits of active, unobstructed and safe pedestrian mobility in the city. The strategy was based on an extensive investigation about the preferences of the city’s inhabitants (over 500 fully completed questionnaires). The consultation was given to the “Union for the Rights of Pedestrians” (, a well-known local NGO promoting pedestrian mobility and public space accessibility in the city of Thessaloniki, Greece. In addition, the NGO received tailored advice towards effectively addressing their most pressing organisational and management challenges.

Through the developed strategy, the four EMBA graduate students intend to highlight the need to introduce strategic thinking and high quality organizational management in civil society.


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