THE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS OFFICE ( IRO)
University of Thessaly
Founded in 1984, University of Thessaly is a non-profit public higher education institution located in all four cities of Thessaly region (Volos, Larissa, Trikala, Karditsa) as well as in Lamia (Sterea Ellada region). Officially accredited and recognized by the Greek Ministry of Education, University of Thessaly (UTH) is a dynamic higher education institution that offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees in several areas of study. Its ultimate goal is the promotion of knowledge through teaching and research, as well as the general contribution to the cultural and economic development of the society.
The envisioned development is expected to occur by creating a learning environment which will be steadily fostering and promoting the critical thinking, the innovation, the unhampered creation and exchange of ideas and the faith in democratic ideas.
The University of Thessaly has followed a rapidly ascent path within its 30 year span and nowadays enjoys a highly rated position in the Greek and international map of the scientific research, even in comparison with much older Universities. The constant support of research and educational projects as well as the international recognition of this relatively new and regional University are some of its major priorities
The University of Thessaly, with the continuous scientific interaction, the researcher’s mobility, the cross-fertilization among the different disciplines and fields and the interaction with the local society, promotes in a promising way culture and science in the region of Thessaly and in the whole country. In our website (www.uth.gr ) you may find an overview of the University’s historical development, as well as of its academic, institutional and administrative structure and function. However as rich as a website can be, it could never fully describe the present true picture of our University.
We are sure you have chosen to take part to the Erasmus+ European Programme aware that mobility is one of the keys to improve the quality of European competiveness. Mobility contributes to build up a knowledge-based society where awareness of cultural diversity and traditions is an incentive, rather than an obstacle, to innovation and international cooperation.
Studying in the University of Thessaly will not only enrich your study experience but will also broaden your cultural background and improve your professional skills.
We wish you a pleasant stay and we hope that your time here will be an important part of your academic and professional career.
International Relations Office
The International Relations Office centralizes, coordinates and manages international cooperation activities at the University of Thessaly:
- Providing information & advice to the University community about the international programs available, within the scope of higher education
- Promoting, encouraging & managing the mobility to and from foreign institutions
- Coordinating exchange within bilateral agreements and providing administrative-financial assistance to UTH students, recent graduates, teaching & administrative staff
- Providing information & assistance to prospective international students, recent graduates, teaching & administrative staff with the procedure to be followed, and the necessary documentation
- Connecting the foreign exchange students with the Academic Departments, and assisting them with practical issues concerning their stay in Greece.
- Ensuring the presence of UTH at international educational meetings and forums.
- Supporting activities related to initiating and coordinating international cooperation of UTH, with other universities and research institutions
- Preparing bilateral scientific cooperation agreements and providing support to UTH units that are willing to make such agreements on faculty and institution level
- Organising Erasmus Staff Training Weeks
Erasmus+ is the EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Its budget of €14.7 billion will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain experience, and volunteer abroad.
Set to last until 2020, Erasmus+ doesn't just have opportunities for students. Merging seven prior programmes, it has opportunities for a wide variety of individuals and organisations.
- Individuals: Erasmus+ has opportunities for people of all ages, helping them develop and share knowledge and experience at institutions and organisations in different countries.
- Organisations: Erasmus+ has opportunities for a wide range of organisations, including universities, education and training providers, think-tanks, research organisations, and private businesses.
The aim of Erasmus+ is to contribute to the Europe 2020 strategy for growth, jobs, social equity and inclusion, as well as the aims of ET2020, the EU's strategic framework for education and training. Erasmus+ also aims to promote the sustainable development of its partners in the field of higher education, and contribute to achieving the objectives of the EU Youth Strategy.
Specific issues tackled by the programme include:
- Reducing unemployment, especially among young people
- Promoting adult learning especially for new skills and skills required by the labour market.
- Encouraging young people to take part in European democracy
- Supporting innovation, cooperation and reform
- Reducing early school leaving
- Promoting cooperation and mobility with the EU’s partner countries
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