Sino-Hellenic cooperation in HE for double degrees, research, and innovation

The National Technical University of Athens is hosting the 2nd Higher Education Forum between Rectors of Chinese and Greek Universities on November 1 and 3, 2023, at the Lavrio Technological and Cultural Park and the Polytechnic Campus of Zografou.

The purpose of the Forum is to discuss the tools, activities, and methodologies that will enhance exchanges and cooperation in Higher Education between China and Greece, to make progress in student and academic mobility between Chinese and Greek universities, to facilitate joint scientific research cooperation and to discuss the framework for joint and dual degrees.

As emerged from the discussions that took place at the NTUA forum, the range of scientific disciplines where collaborations between Chinese and Greek universities can find ground is huge: from agriculture and veterinary medicine to sports, medicine, environment, and astronomy.

The round tables that followed discussed – among others – issues related to chemical engineering or computer science, but also issues from the field of Arts and Humanities, related to archaeology, social sciences, and performing arts.

The participants were given a guided tour of the Lavrio Technological and Cultural Park yesterday. On Friday 3 November, the second and last day of the event, the representatives of the universities visited the NTUA’s laboratories at the Zografou campus.

A delegation of Rectors of Chinese Universities, 58 Presidents, Vice-Presidents and representatives from 33 prominent Chinese universities are participating in the Forum. Rectors and vice-rectors of 14 Greek universities are also participating.

The participants were welcomed by the Ambassador of China to Greece, Mr. Xiao Junzheng, and the Rector of the Technical University of Athens, Andreas Bountouvis, while the Deputy Minister of Education, Religious Affairs and Sports, Mrs. Zetta Makri, and the Secretary General of Higher Education of the Ministry of Education, Odysseas-Ioannis Zoras, greeted the participants. On the Greek side, presentations were made by the President of the Rectors Assembly and Rector of the Athens University of Economics and Business, Dimitris Bourantonis, and by Christos Michalakelis, Associate Professor of the Department of Computer Science and Telematics of Harokopeion University, who is the President of the “Study in Greece” the national agency, which supports and promotes the extroversion and internationalisation of Greek universities.


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