On Thursday November 17, representatives from the Hellenic Medical Society of Australia and Hellenic Diaspora World Congress met with delegates from the University of Melbourne’s faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.
The University of Melbourne, the University of Patras, and the National Kapodistrian University of Athens signed an agreement that will result in exchange programs for undergraduates, postgraduates, and PhD students.
Professor Marinis Pirpiris, the conference chair, and the treasurer of the Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) said that this is a crucial agreement that will advance cooperation in teaching and research among the three universities. They will look into involvement opportunities like joint lectures, seminars, workshops.
Professor Nicola Lautenschlager, the Head of the Melbourne Medical School said that the University of Melbourne “values deeply this new and promising relationship with the Universities of Athens and the University of Patras.
Professor Georgios Adonakis, the Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Patras said that he was honoured to sign the agreement with the University of Melbourne School.
Dr. Marios Themistokleous, the General Secretary of the Ministry of Health in Greece, expressed his happiness to be in Melbourne and shew his support for this partnership.
Mr. Bill Papastergiadis, the president of the Greek Community, stated that Greece and Australia share a wealthy past and common values. Later, he continued by saying that the relations and shared research will “add significantly to the educational and cultural fabric of Australia and Greece.
Mena Giannelis, Assistant Treasurer of the GCM underlined the significance of the agreement calling it “a great honour”.
On Friday, November 18th, the Hellenic Medical Society of Australia and the Hellenic Diaspora World Congress will open and run a number of panels with experts on topics such as accessing global health care and new medical technologies.
The Congress will end on Saturday, the 19th with a Fundraising Gala for PRONIA and Fronditha Care, two local organizations.