Bogazici University in Turkey

The University of Haifa in Israel

Inside view of the Library of Alexandria

Bogazici University in Turkey

The University of Haifa in Israel

Columbia University, New York

Columbia University, New York


Promotion of Hellenic Studies
The Foundation offers financial assistance to universities with Greek chairs, departments or programmes in Europe, the United States, Canada, South America, Africa, Australia and Asia, where Greek studies are taught.

In appreciation of the contribution made by these Universities, as well as of the difficulties they encounter, the Foundation funds established university Programmes of Greek Studies which have done important and consistent work. It also supports primary and secondary schools in Europe and the United States that teach the ancient and modern Greek language and culture.

The Foundation"s support covers the teaching of ancient and modern Greek language, literature, history, philosophy, archaeology and culture. The Foundation donates series of works by the classical ancient Greek authors, Classical Works publications, dictionaries, Greek grammar and syntax books as well as the necessary technical equipment, to the academic institutions concerned.

The Foundation has supported more than 100 educational institutions in 40 countries. The financial contribution refers to specific programmes for a fixed period of time, with the provision that the University concerned contributes to the expense, as specified in a signed agreement. Endowment of the Chair is not an option. As a matter of principle, the Foundation reserves the right to monitor, at its own discretion and at any time, the proper use of the allocated funds, as well as to renew or not the grant in question.
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Hellenic Studies Program
Head: Prof. Nevra Necipoglu
Collaboration establishment: 1995

The Foundation’s collaboration with Bogazici University began ( in 1995 and has been an excellent one ever since. The following courses are being offered with the Foundation’s support:

→ Ancient and Modern Greek
→ Ancient Greek Philosophy
→ Ancient Greek Culture
→ Byzantine History & Art
→ Ancient Greek History
→ Classical Archaeology
→ Modern Greek & Balkan History*

*The fall semester of 2015 began with the sad news of Dr Evangelos Kechriotis’ demise, instructor up until then of Modern Greek and Balkan History at the University’s Department of History, through the financial support of the Foundation.

Bogazici University is one of the most renowned and widely acclaimed universities in Europe and USA having 113 bachelors, masters and doctoral degree programs and 4 faculties, as well as a very well equipped digitized library with more than 600,000 titles and more than 25,000 periodical subscriptions. Its students are easily accepted in the highest ranked universities of Europe and USA to pursue post-graduate and doctoral degrees.

Diffusion of Greek culture and education is achieved through the aforesaid courses that mostly Greek but also foreign instructors offer, having been approved by the Foundation; through these courses, Turkish and international students are exposed to the Greek heritage and history through the said courses and also through seminars, outreach programmes and summer courses in Greek Universities. They are thus inclined to follow post-graduate studies and doctoral research related to Greek civilisation and culture.

The University offers an international academic environment, top facilities and classes which provide excellent learning environment, access to online libraries and research projects.

Modern Greek & Byzantine Studies Programmes

The Foundations collaboration with the University of Haifa began in the year 2000, with the financial support of the Modern Greek Studies Programme. The Programme of Modern Greek Studies provides students with a comprehensive and interdisciplinary perspective of the language, literature, history, politics and culture of Modern Greece, from the fall of the Byzantine Empire to the present time. Through a wide range of courses, students are exposed to a variety of topics which allow them to appreciate the historical, geographical, religious, cultural and political realities of Modern Greece and matters related to Greece, as well as the means in which Greece has assimilated the multifaceted phases of its past and homogenized them as part of its own self. The Programme also focuses on the position of Modern Greece as a crossroads between Western Europe, Mediterranean countries and the Middle East. In addition, the students learn the literary and artistic traditions of Greece. In 2006, the collaboration was extended with the incorporation of the Byzantine Studies Programme, where courses of introduction to Byzantine History, art, civilization, music and religion are taught, including a few relevant seminars. The Programme offers numerous cultural and intellectual activities, lectures given by Greek scholars, conferences and educational trips to Greece.

Also, the Programme gives students the opportunity to study in Greece during the summer. A number of scholarships are granted every year to outstanding students. The Programme aims to attract students keen to acquire a firm training in the language and through the language, grounding in culture and society of Modern Greece. For this purpose three levels are proposed, over two semesters each.
Programme in Hellenic Studies

The Foundation has been funding the Programme in Hellenic Studies at Columbia University (PHS at CU), since the academic year 1996-1997. The Programme offers an undergraduate curriculum in Modern Greek and Greek-American Studies, interdepartmental support for graduate students working on Greece and the Balkans, and a series of events and conferences for the larger academic and Greek communities in the New York area. Under the auspices of the Classics Department, the Programme allows students to study Greece through a contemporary lens and prepares them for further academic study and later professional work in the field. Students are encouraged to study in Greece in the summer and during their junior year. The curriculum aims to build a strong linguistic base, knowledge of the field, and a theoretical framework for analyzing cultural difference more generally. Many writers and artists from Greece and the greater New York community in the work of the University are involved by awarding semester and year-long fellowships and creating cross-disciplinary teaching opportunities for them.
Centre for Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies

The Foundations collaboration with Queens College began in the academic year 1996-1997, for the instruction of Byzantine and Modern Greek. Queens College is a public institution addressed to Greek working class families, offering young people of Greek descent the opportunity, through low tuition fees, to follow Greek and other studies and to have a good chance for a successful professional carrier.

The Center was established in 1974. It is the largest and oldest of its kind, with 400 students of Greek descent enrolled. Students that attend the courses of the Center obtain a Bachelors degree in Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies. Courses are taught in both Greek and English languages, so that second and third generation students are encouraged to learn to speak Greek well. The Center differentiates itself from others by not operating within a literary framework but being more interested in current, living aspects of Hellenism, defending its rights.

In 2007, a Chair of Byzantine Studies was established. Its mission is to initiate, support, and coordinate the teaching of Byzantine and Modern Greek subjects at Queens College; to promote Byzantine and Neo-Hellenic scholarship and publications; and to relate research and teaching to the needs of the Greek community.

The Center has a library with 6,500 Greek and English titles, mostly about Byzantine and Modern Greek issues. It is the only Center of Greek Studies that publishes its own scientific journal.
Centre for Byzantine, Modern Greek and Cypriot Studies

The Foundation approved in June 2004 the funding of the establishment of a second Lectorate of Modern Greek in the Centre for Byzantine, Modern Greek and Cypriot Studies in the University of Granada, the oldest University in Spain, ranking second in the country.

Its legal entity consists of the University of Granada, the Greek & Cypriot Embassies in Spain and the Ministry of Culture of Spain. A building in the historical centre of the city has been rented in order to host the library of the Centre [having recently acquired the Tsatsos (father and daughter) personal libraries] and the administrative offices, while 6 rooms house the classes for the courses taught and host the researchers who undertake the various research projects. The scopes of the Centre are: a) the coordination of the interdisciplinary research in the fields of modern Greek, Byzantine and Cypriot studies in the sectors of philology, archaeology, art, history etc, b) the promotion of the teaching of modern Greek language in the secondary schools in Spain by training professors and producing the appropriate pedagogical material, c) the organization of conferences and academic seminars, d) the publication of specialized academic series and journals, e) the organization of cultural events and activities that promote Greek Culture in Spain. The Centre organizes courses of Modern Greek, Byzantine philology, and master courses in Hellenic studies. Its students come from the Faculty of Philology and from the School of Translators and they take credits from the courses attended.
Programme of Modern Greek Studies

The Foundation has been supporting the Programme of Modern Greek Studies at the Department of Modern Languages of the National University Del Sur since the academic year 2003.

The University is rather small and in a small town away from the countrys capital but the Programme operates based on the personal interest and love for the subject, of the coordinator of the Programme, Dr. Mario Ritacco. More than 60 students enrol every semester and take two or three levels of Modern Greek language, culture and history.
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