Issue 11, January 2009
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Inauguration of the Alexandria
Center for Hellenistic Studies
Snapshot from the press conference
 
 
Internal aspect of the building of the Library of Alexandria
Internal aspect of the building of the Library of Alexandria
Following its founding by Alexander the Great in 331 B.C. and for over 600 years, Alexandria was the cultural capital of the world displaying significant bloom especially during the Ptolemaic period. The Hellenistic period –specifically in Alexandria but also throughout the Mediterranean– witnessed many achievements and contributions to the entire spectrum of academic fields, which have greatly added to human knowledge and the progress of civilisation.

However, despite the importance of the period, few academic titles are granted today in the field of Hellenistic studies. The Alexandria Center for Hellenistic Studies was therefore established, upon the initiative of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, the Vardinoyannis Foundation and the Library of Alexandria, to cover this absence by focusing especially on the prosperous Hellenistic Period and its immense contribution to human knowledge. Its operation was inaugurated over a unique ceremony at the Library of Alexandria which will house the Center. Mr. Anthony S. Papadimitriou President of the Onassis Foundation, Mrs. Marianna V. Vardinoyanni UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and President of the Vardinoyannis Foundation, Theodoros Kassimis Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Ismail Serageldin Director of the Library of Alexandria, and Dr. Okasha Abdel Aal Vice President of the University of Alexandria, all honoured the inauguration of the Center with their speeches.

From the left, Dr. Ismail Serageldin, Mrs. Marianna Vardinoyanni, Mr. Anthony Papadimitriou and Dr. Okasha Abdel Aal
From the left, Dr. Ismail Serageldin, Mrs. Marianna Vardinoyanni, Mr. Anthony Papadimitriou and Dr. Okasha Abdel Aal

The Center will commence its operation in January 2009 and is expected to attract scholars from all over the world who are keen on obtaining diplomas, Masters and Doctorates in Hellenistic studies. More specifically, during the 2009-2010 academic year the following courses are scheduled to be offered as part of the preparatory diploma (Non-Specialist Diploma): Greek, Latin, Greco-Roman History, Greco-Roman Literature, Greco-Roman Art, Introduction to Greco-Roman Culture. Moreover, for the postgraduate degree (Master’s Degree), the following courses will be available: History; Literature; Science and Philosophy; Art, Archaeology and Architecture

Dr. Sahar Hamouda of the University of Alexandria has been appointed Director of the Center, which will be managed by the Board of Directors and an Academic Council. The seven-member Board of Directors chaired by Dr. Ismail Serageldin will undertake the administrative and financial management of the center, and will be responsible for the review and approval of the annual and the long-term work program, the review and approval of the annual budget, the supervision of operations, the appointment of the academic staff, the appointment of independent auditors and the receipt of their reports. The members of the Board of Directors are: Dr. Mohammed Awad, Director of the Alexandria and Mediterranean Research Center of the Library of Alexandria; Dr. Ashraf Farrag, Dean of the Faculty of Arts at Alexandria University; Dr. Jean Yves Empereur, Director of the Centre Etudes Alexandrins; Mr. Stefanos Tamvakis, representative of the Onassis Foundation and President of the Council of Hellenes Abroad; Mr. Andreas Zaimis, representative of the Vardinoyannis Foundation and former minister; Mr. Dimitrios Pantermalis, President of the Organization for the Construction of the New Acropolis Museum and Professor Emeritus of Archaeology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

In order to ensure a more complete fulfilment of its duties, the Board of Directors has appointed an Academic Council whose members will serve for a three-year term and will be responsible for the design of the curriculum, the selection of the staff and setting the required criteria for the enrolment of students.

The members of the Academic Council are: Dr. Ismail Serageldin, chairman; Dr. Ashraf Farrag from the University of Alexandria; Dr. Hamdy Ibrahim from the Cairo University; Dr. Ahmed Etman from the Cairo University as well; Dr Mohammed Abdel Ghani from the Alexandria University; Dr. Dimitrios Pantermalis from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; and Dr. Amfilochios Papathomas from the University of Athens.

More information is available at the following link: http://www.bibalex.org/hellenisticstudies/Admission/default.aspx

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