Hellenic Studies Programme
The Foundation has been subsidizing Bogazici University since 1994, for the instruction of Ancient and Modern Greek Language and Ancient Greek Philosophy. This collaboration was extended in 2002 with the additional support of the instruction of Byzantine History & Art and again, in 2003 and 2009, with the further support of the instruction of Modern Greek & Balkan History and Ancient Greek Culture respectively. Following a request on behalf of the University in 2010 and based on the fruitful collaboration between the two institutions throughout the years, the Foundation agreed to provide funding yet again, this time for the instruction of Ancient Greek History & Classical Archaeology.
The said courses are taught by Greek Ph.D holders that reside in work and Turkey. Bogazici University is one of the most renowned and widely acclaimed universities in Europe and USA having 113 bachelors, masters and doctoral degree programmes and 4 faculties, as well as a very well equipped digitized library with 600.000 titles and 25.000 periodical subscriptions. Its students are easily accepted in the highest ranked universities of Europe and USA for Masters and Ph.D.
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.