[MGSA-L] New York College: One of the Best Greece Has to Offer

June Samaras june.samaras at gmail.com
Sun Oct 30 20:13:47 PDT 2011

New York College: One of the Best Greece Has to Offer


Posted on 30 October 2011 by Andy Dabilis

With Greek universities locked in interminable gridlock over reforms,
and some United Kingdom colleges set to triple tuition, the
Athens-based New York College seems set to pick up even more students
keen to take advantage of its relatively low costs, seasoned faculty,
and a chance to go to school in one of Europe’s most exciting and
ancient cities, where the very idea of education was founded.

“The innovations we have made through the years is paying off … we
have the quality,” the school’s General Manager and Associate Dean in
the Department of Business, Dr. Dimitrios Andreou, a scholar with
Doctorate and Master’s Degrees in Information Systems from Drexel
University in Pennsylvania, and an MBA from San Jose State University
in California, as well as a degree in physics from the University of
Athens, explained in an interview with GreekReporter.com.

He said the school, which has its flagship campus in the heart of
downtown Athens and has campuses in Thessaloniki, with the University
of New York in Prague, Tirana, Belgrade, and Georgia, has worked to
position itself as one of the country’s premier universities by
offering Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D degrees in a variety of
disciplines in collaboration with distinguished colleges in the U.S.
and Europe, with many programs taught by the teaching staff.

There are practical benefits, besides the value of the quality
education students receive at the college. A survey found that
graduates of the Prague school earn the highest average gross monthly

New York College has at its heart a core of Greek students, but also
draws from throughout Europe and Africa, and is attracting more
students from the United States, especially a fertile audience of
young Greek Americans with a predilection to come to Greece and get a
quality education at a far lower cost than most private colleges in
America, with the advantage of being in the homeland of their

One of the great advantages, Andreou said, is the collaboration with
noted schools elsewhere, particularly in the U.S., partnering with
schools such as LaSalle in Philadelphia, Nova Southeastern University,
National American University, and European colleges including
Unviersite de Toulouse and Ecole Superieure de Gestion Paris Graduate
School of Management, University of Greenwich and University of
Bolton, both in the U.K., and Institute Universitaire Kurt Bosch in

With such a diversified grouping, the college, which is affiliated
with the State University of New York Empire State College, is able to
offer a wide range of degrees, including in Business Administration,
Finance, Marketing, Management, International Business, Communications
and Journalism, Business Communications, Computer Science, Information
Systems, International Relations, and Psychology, while its European
affiliates bring in fields such as a Professional MBA, Marketing,
Human Resources, Tourism and Health Care Management, and even Film
Studies.  It’s a selection that has brought in students from as many
as 70 countries.  Andreou said a key market now is the U.S.

“We have had a presence there but we are going to do more now,” he
said. The school offers English-language teaching, although there are
some key programs that include Greek, and also has Graduate degree
programs. “We want to expand collaboration with American schools and
offer more varieties of academic disciplines,” said Andreou, who
brings an impressive background to bear, including degrees in
Electrical and Computer Engineering from Drexel University in
Philadelphia, and a varied career, including at the noted Foxboro
Company in Massachusetts, as well as working in his fields in the U.S.
before coming back to Greece, where he established himself further
before joining New York College, where he still teaches as well.

His work experience includes teaching at Drexel University, as well as
Director of Business Development and Internal Audit, at the
Agricultural Bank of Greece Group; IT Manager at Deloitte & Touche;
Senior Technology Consultant and Senior Application Engineer at
companies in Silicon Valley in California. Even with Greece’s
difficult economic times, he said, “The school is doing well.” With
rising costs in colleges in other parts of Europe, particularly the
U.K., he said New York College is a perfect alternative. “It makes it
much more attractive for students who are thinking of going to the
U.K. to get a degree to stay here, “he said.

One of the most sought after courses now, he said, is Psychology. “We
see interest not just from the traditional 18-year-old student but
professionals with degree who want to supplement their education,” he
said. An offshoot of that is interest in teaching Special Needs
students, especially as Greek society overcomes it anathema to a
problem that had been hidden. “It’s becoming more popular for Greek
educations to handle these cases that used to be in the closet.
Parents wouldn’t talk about kids with problems like dyslexia. Now they
can,” he said, and because of that, teachers in the field are going to
be in demand and he said the college is perfectly positioned to fill
that special need.

The college has seen an increase in enrollment of 10-15 percent, he
said, because it has attuned itself to courses that prepare students
for real-world careers. A burgeoning field, he said, is in courses
aligned with the nation’s famed shipping industry. “There is the
expectation for finding something in this job market easier than other
fields,” he said, but it’s competitive and demanding and he said the
college has prepared course studies to make students ready to step
into the industry.

Greek shipping dominates the world and is a bulwark of the country’s
economy, and New York College graduates can find themselves as desired
as Ivy League law school graduates are in the U.S., Europe and
throughout the world. Anticipating needs in the job market has helped
the school too, he added, such as courses in fields such as Renewable
Energy Systems and Energy Policy Security and Risk Management,
especially in Europe, where energy is interconnected between countries
and where energy policy is a mainstay of the European Union’s trade
strategy. There are critical energy and pipelines deals between the
E.U. and countries such as Russia, Ukraine, and others in Eastern
Europe, especially Turkey, a key transit country.

These are the kind of 21st Century professions for which New York
College is preparing students, he said.  The school offers high
quality multicultural education and was established in 1989, founded
by Elias Foutsis, who is still its President, who noted that that
while the economic crisis has rocked the world: “History has proved,
as older people can assure you, that well-qualified, hard-working and
optimistic individuals can turn the crisis into an opportunity.” It’s
easier with a the kind of quality education they can obtain at New
York College, which is licensed by the Greek Ministry of Education and
the British Accreditation Council.

In his position, Andreou said he’s been able to draw on the
experiences of his education and career and said when he came back to
Greece in 1996 from the U.S. that, “There were a lot of
opportunities,” with Greece’s elevation in the E.U. and as it rose to
become the most influential country in the Balkans and Southeast
Europe. He said the college has a prominent faculty of teachers who
are experienced professionals in their field as well as having
academic credentials. Admission standards are high as well, and
require proficiency in English.

As President Foutsis makes clear in his message to students: “We are
proud of our commitment to education, to prepare students to become
scholars and thinkers of a new century in which technology will
continue to transform the way we advance the boundaries of knowledge.
Our aim is to provide our students with prestigious degrees and more
importantly, with the values and ethics necessary to excel in society
in general.”

June Samaras
2020 Old Station Rd
Canada L5M 2V1
Tel : 905-542-1877
E-mail : june.samaras at gmail.com

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