September-October 2021: Study in Greece. The country opens to foreign students

This issue of Greek Business File is dedicated to Education, the internationalization and the extroversion of the Greek Higher Education. A sector that many argue could become as lucrative for Greece as tourism currently is. Greece makes the first steps for tapping a flourishing international market. In 2018, 5.6 million tertiary students worldwide crossed their home country’s borders to study, more than twice the 2005 number.

We talked with the pioneers of these efforts and present the first English taught Bachelor’s offered by Greek Universities, postgraduate studies, colleges’ programs and practicalities useful to foreign students.

We host interviews from:

  • Athanasios Dimopoulos, Rector of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • Nikolaos G. Papaioannou, Rector of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • Kyriakos Anastasiadis, Head of the AUTH Medical School
  • Triantafyllos A.D. Almpanis, Rector of the University of Ioannina
  • Christos Michalakelis, project manager of “Study in Greece”
  • Vassilios Daskalakis, President of the Hellenic Colleges Association
  • Nikos Kiritsis, Provost of Perrotis College
  • Megaklis Petmezas, Vice President for New Developments, Marketing and Recruitment of CITY College

The Real Estate story presents the development and promising rise of the student accommodation market.

Dimitris Vergados, director of Business Issues and Media Communication at SEV Hellenic Federation of Enterprises, writes about the new employment landscape, the green jobs and occupations arising from the need to combat climate change.

The main interview of this issue comes from the Secretary-General of OECD, Mathias Cormann, who explains the new international taxation rules and the global initiative to ensure that multinational enterprises pay a fair share of tax wherever they operate.

In the Digital Economy section, Leonidas Christopoulos, Secretary General of Digital Governance and Simplification of Procedures at the Ministry of Digital Governance presents the next plans for the digitalisation of the public sector and the introduction of Artificial Intelligence technologies to fight tax evasion, collect public revenue, monitor  fuel trade and assist public procurement.

Furthermore, Greek Business File interviewed Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General of the United Nations’ World Tourism Organization, about the importance of sustainability policies, the impact on Greek tourism and the potential the new forms of tourism present for Greece.

In the September/October issue of Greek Business Planet we also read:

  • First-hand accounts from the Greek community in Libya
  • After Afghanistan, who is next?
  • Cyprus’s attractiveness as international maritime center
  • The upward trend of Greek exports
  • The course of Sunlight Systems, from Xanthi to North Carolina powered by batteries
  • How Cenergy Holdings connects the energy & data world for a greener future.

In the Bicentennial column we present the brief but eventful life of Ioannis Pesmazoglou, the man who laid the foundation of Greek banking.

Photini Tomai writes about Greece’s decisive role during World War II.

Finally, in our opinion columns:

  • Antonis Papagiannidis writes about the “European technocrat at the forefront of the fight against climate crisis”
  • Antony Kefalas wonders “The West’s educational system: Did it fail?”

Nick Papandreou notes that “Finally, common sense rules” are introduced to boost the global financial recovery..



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  •  Release date: October 2021 / No 133
  • Publisher: economia Publishing
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 76
  • ISBN: 1109 1592 10
  • Cover type: Soft Cover
  • Managing Editor: Antonis D. Papagiannidis