On May 23rd 2019, Rector Mrs Chryssi Vitsilaki gave a speech at the Chinese-Hellenic Forum in Higher Education held at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in Athens, Hellas. A one-day conference took place with welcoming address by Kostas Gavrogloy, Minister of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, and Her Excellency Zhang Qiyue, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in the Hellenic Republic and many other participants of note. The event was attended by university leaders from both Greece and China.
Rector Chryssi Vitsilaki of the University of the Aegean spoke about the teaching of both language and civilization in her talk “The Sino-Hellenic Academic Project for Science and Culture: An Initiative of the University of the Aegean”. In her presentation, Rector Vitsilaki extolled the remarkable achievements of our collaboration were dedicated researchers have made great efforts in comparative human history, archaeology, and ancient science & technology. The success however is not measured in words but in actions and the Sino-Hellenic Academic Project has in a short time achieved student exchanges between Greece and China, collaboration between top experts from both countries, the co-publications of high quality academic work, the establishment of both our centres, and the organization of important conferences to mark these achievements.
This event is of great importance as our collaboration between the University of the Aegean and Henan University was shown to have already great success. The Sino-Hellenic Academic Project has the potential to grow and encompass much of the institutional and academic affairs between Greece and China. So far, the establishment of our centres, and the creation of tangible and effective collaboration was acknowledged and praised by fellow conference participants. This is a clear indication of the great prospects of our project in the future.
The Sino-Hellenic Academic Project was created from an MOU agreement between the University of the Aegean and Henan University in 2016. The provisions agreed upon have been gradually and effectively being met over a very short time. The partnership is growing at an accelerating pace and is gradually gaining more and more recognition as a succesful, enduring, and substantial cooperation between the two countries. Prof. Vitsilaki’s invitation to speak at this forum is a clear indication that the Sino-Hellenic project has been one of the most succesful academic cooperations between Greece and China, and the opportunity to present our achievements to University and government leaders from both countries will undoubtedly lead to increasing support and validation for our mission.
We are all very glad to see this collaboration flourish and grow with strong roots and attractive research!