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 Foundations 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

The Foundation is collaborating with Bogazici University ( supporting the following courses:

→ 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 Foundation's 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.

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 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.

Department of Philosophy

This collaboration is two-fold and includes:
a. funding of four PhD Students’ research for three academic years; this overall research effort is expected to be later presented in national and international conferences and
b. funding for the instruction of Ancient Greek courses

The study of ancient Greek thought, drama, political theory and philosophy has been the intellectual core of the activity of the Philosophy Department at The New School for Social Research for many decades. Continuing on a rich tradition of the study of ancient thought, the Philosophy Department teaches many courses in the area of the Pre-Socratics, Greek tragedy, Plato and Aristotle, etc. 

As a consequence of this depth of teaching and research activity, NSSR has a significant number of students pursuing PhD research in the area of ancient Greek thought.  This collaboration will build on these strengths and provide support for four students in the PhD program. 
Program in Modern Greek Studies

The Board of Directors of the Foundation has decided to approve funding towards the Program in Modern Greek Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This funding will be used to keep the program growing, to enhance its curriculum by offering more culture courses and proceed with the establishment of a Minor in Modern Greek Studies, as well as to enhance its visibility and outreach activities. The initiative also provides for one or two lecturers to teach all language courses and further develop the program’s language component, as well as to provide secretarial support to the program and its director.

The Program in Modern Greek Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) was established in 2008 with the aim to foster the study of Greek language, history and culture, and to explore past and current perspectives on Hellenism.
The program will continue its efforts to disseminate Hellenic education and culture on campus, in Illinois and beyond and keep developing cross-cultural connections within the community.

This is a newly established collaboration with the Sub-Faculty of Byzantine and Modern Greek at the University of Oxford. Funding will be extended for the realization of Greek language and culture courses, a lecture series, a Modern Greek Seminar and a number of Workshops/Colloquia & Study days. Any funds remaining unused at the end of the academic year, will go towards the support of students that are in need of financial assistance.
Research Program of Hellenic interest

In 2016, the Foundation established this collaboration for the realization of the Research Program entitled The Greek diaspora: Homeland ties in times of crisis”.  

South East European Studies (SEESOX) at the University of Oxford is a pioneering program dedicated to understanding the economics, politics, history and sociology of Greece and other South East European countries. Their research is widely recognized and promotes greater understanding and policy-making in the EU, bringing together policy-makers, politicians, businesses, media and leading academics.

The current “Greek diaspora: Homeland ties in times of crisis” program will explore the relationship between Greece and its diaspora in the current context of economic crisis; it will investigate how engaging the Greek diaspora can affect Greece’s political and economic transformation and explore ways for the Greek state, economy and society to interact with its diaspora. This program will be purposely designed to reach a wide audience beyond academia, aiming to inform the Greek public, to influence policy development, and to provide new ideas and training on the subject, wishing to be a point of reference for the study of Greece’s diaspora and the preeminent forum for this debate.

Hellenic Studies Program

The Foundation and representatives of the Greek Studies specialty at the University have worked together in this newly established collaboration, to come up with mutually agreed activities that promote Greek Studies in various ways; these include scholarships to outstanding students, the purchase of technological equipment and other educational material, the scientific development of instructors, the organization of an educational trip to Athens for a significant number of students, the modernization of the curriculum and the communication/publicity of the Modern Greek Philology Department.

Comparative Instruction Courses

The Foundation’s Board of Directors has approved funds for the establishment of collaboration with the University of Veliko Turnovo, for the creation of courses for the comparative instruction of the Greek Enlightenment and the Bulgarian Revival, as well as for the operation of the “Greek Language and Culture” Library and Information Centre functioning at the University.

The said courses are mainly designed for students interested in the Modern Greek language and the history and culture of Greece and will offer training for additional qualification by obtaining new knowledge and broadening the already obtained expertise.
The needs of the Library and Information Centre will be re-evaluated each year; technical equipment and educational material (books) has already been offered.

Master’s Program in the Classical Archaeology and the History of Macedonia

The International Hellenic University offers studies on a post-graduate level and is the only Greek State University that offers courses entirely in English. The Master’s Program in the Classical Archaeology and the History of Macedonia is being offered by the School of Humanities and aims to offer specialty training in the Archaeology, History and Culture of Ancient Macedonia and other Hellenistic Kingdoms. The Foundation’s funding is offered to financially support the Program’s operation, as well as the archaeological dig that takes place in the wider area of Thessaloniki and, apart from its apparent value aims to offer valuable digging experience to the Program’s students.

Project Hellas

The Foundation has been offering financial support to the School for the instruction of Modern Greek to the students on a beginning and intermediate level.

The program offers knowledge of the Greek Language through textbooks, audio/video tapes, subscriptions to newspaper and magazines (kept in the classroom and the school library), electronic educational material and field trips to local museums, theatres and other cultural centres.

Furthermore, the school has been organizing various activities to enhance the students’ Greek learning experience, such as workshops on Greek theatre and drama (offered by professional actors). Students have been participating in various events celebrating Hellenic Culture, such as contests held in and outside of the school, a nationwide film-making competition for Greek-American teenagers, the annual Greek language proficiency exam for the Certificate of Attainment in Modern Greek (given by the Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs), the school’s annual Earth Day activities, the Greek Independence Day Parade on Fifth Ave. etc.

The Program’s interdisciplinary approach to the instruction of Greek has expanded since the beginning, with courses offered in various departments having integrated units of study in Hellenic language, history and culture into their curricula.

Hellenic Program

The Classical Gymnasium of Zagreb has been funded since the year 2000 for the instruction of Modern Greek to students as well as to teachers of the School; books and other educational material have also been offered by the Foundation for this purpose.

Courses are offered systematically on a beginner and an intermediate level, while introductory courses of Modern Greek are being offered to all of the school’s interested students as an optional course. 3rd graders find this option quite useful as the School organizes each year a mandatory trip to Greece to get students acquainted with Greek culture.

The school’s drama class has formed a tradition to present a yearly play by Ancient Greek authors, with a few of the play’s parts being in ancient and Modern Greek.

From the beginning of this collaboration, the Foundation has been assisted by the Greek Embassy in Zagreb, in order to make sure that the relevant funds are being properly attributed to the School.

Recognizing the exceptional work done by the School and to assist its efforts in the dissemination of Greek Language and Culture, the Foundation has agreed to cover the cost of 30 scholarships or monetary awards, for students of all classes, according to their exceptional school performance and high ethical standards. sosyal haber

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