Home/Greek Business File/The active role of Greece in South and Eastern Europe and the Black Sea Region

by Grigoris Zarotiadis,

Dean of the Economics and Political Sciences School

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki


The School of Political and Economic Sciences was one of the first academic units of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Established in 1928–9, it now opens its doors to the international academic community

The internationalization of Greek universities is a national goal.

On the one hand, due to the economic benefits that arise, but mostly because it is believed it will help Hellenism respond to its historical heritage.

In this context, the School of Economics and Political Science of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki has long set the internationalization of its activities as one of its main strategic goals. After all, its scientific orientation is inextricably linked to the international socio-economic and political environment.

The 8th ASECU Youth International Conference and Summer School team

To this end, the School has proceeded with the following actions and initiatives:

1. Forming international networks:
– The School holds the presidency of the Association of Economic Universities of South and Eastern Europe and the Black Sea Region (ASECU) with 60 member universities.

ASECU publishes the international scientific journal South-Eastern Europe Journal of Economics (http://www.asecu.gr/Seeje). The journal covers the topics of economic and business administration and finance research with special emphasis, albeit not exclusively, on the economic problems of the South and Eastern Europe and of the Black Sea region area. Research on the problems of other countries are also included.

At the Founding conference that took place on Saturday May 26th 2018 in the historic old building of the Faculty of Philosophy at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Rectors and delegates form 26 Universities, signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the foundation of the Black Sea and Eastern Mediterranean Academic Network (BSEMAN).

ASECU’s annual international conference brings together Professors and PhD students as well as leading experts from CEE countries, the Black Sea Region and around the world. The 18th International Conference of ASECU will be held at the University of Korce, Albania, in September 2022. The ASECU Youth Association holds international summer schools and youth conferences every year. In 2022, the 11th ASECU Youth International Conference and Summer School will take place at the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, Slovakia.

– Initiative for the establishment of the Black Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean Academic Network (BSEMAN), whose main goal is to develop common research projects in a wide range of scientific disciplines, oriented in global and regional issues, such as water supply, energy, environment, green economy and blue Growth, security and safety issues, countering the legalization of criminal profits as well as the financing of vicious, inhuman activities etc. BSEMAN’s 4th General Assembly is scheduled for mid-June in Nicosia.

– The School of Political and Economic Sciences participates in the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN Black Sea). SDSN Black Sea has been operating since 2012 mobilizing global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical solutions for sustainable development, including the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement.

BSEMAN 4th Annual General Assembly and Hybrid Conference took place in April, 2022 under the title “Beyond Networking”

2. International research initiatives:
-The Interdisciplinary Laboratory of Black Sea and Eastern Mediterranean Studies LABSEM was founded in 2019 to meet the teaching and research needs of the Departments of the School of Economics and Political Sciences, as well as of other Departments of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki at undergraduate and postgraduate level, regarding topics that pertain to the Mediterranean and the Black Sea region.

– Establishment of the international scientific journal Black Sea and Mediterranean Studies (BSEMR) in collaboration with the University of Nicosia.

– International educational collaborations: The School organizes exchanges of professors, researchers and students both within the European Union (under the Erasmus Community Initiative) and internationally. The recent signing of a memorandum of understanding with the University of Westminster in the UK is such an example. Furthermore, there is active participation in the Chinese Language Learning Program “Chinese Bridge” of the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics.

This article is published in the May/June 2022 issue of Greek Business File, available here. 


By |2022-07-10T16:34:38+03:00July 10th, 2022|Greek Business File|

Share This Post With Others!

Go to Top