Professor Kriari, Rector of Panteion University, explains the rationale behind the Cultural Cluster of Syngrou and how this initiative can encourage economic development projects
Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, founded in 1930, is located at 136 Syngrou Ave. The University with its nine Departments is dedicated to Social and Political Sciences. Harokopeion University, also founded in 1930, has its campus only one mile away from our university.
In the vicinity of our premises there are organizations off ering a wide variety of cultural experiences: The National Museum of Contemporary Art, The Acropolis Museum, Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center incorporating the National Library and the Opera House, the Onassis Foundation and the Onassis Stegi, Antonios & Ioannis Angelicoussis Foundation, the Maria Tsakos Foundation, the Evgenidis Planetarium, the Athanasios & Marina Martinos Foundation, to name just a few. The nearby municipalities of Kallithea, Nea Smyrni and Faliron boast various cultural monuments, including the History Museum for Asia Minor refugees, the Benaki Toy Museum, the Averoff Battle Ship Naval History Museum.
Some of these establishments are well known and well visited. The activities of many others are familiar only to experts or locals. This is the reason why it was decided to take the initiative to form a cluster of all the cultural establishments on and near Syngrou Avenue with a twofold purpose:
a. To offer the possibility to become acquainted with the cultural richness of the area as a whole. The net-working of all these establishments provides quick and reliable information about all the cultural, educational and academic activities in these establishments on http://syngrou-network. panteion.gr/index.php/about-us
b. To examine potential economic development projects based on the cultural fingerprint of the area, using the tools offered by technological progress. We consider this possibility as a contribution to suspending the brain-drain by creating new jobs and new working positions.
Up to now we have organized two conferences in Panteion University: a. The importance of benefaction and its influence on the development of the Greek Society, 20th March 2018.
Given that many of the institutions mentioned above were founded by Greek benefactors we wanted to underline the importance of the vision of said benefactors to the modernization of the Greek Society and the impact of their work on social and economic life. During the Conference the book by Mrs. Matoula Sideri-Tomara, Professor of Panteion University,: “Benefaction in Modern Greece – History and Theory” was presented. There was also an overview of the work of various Greek benefactors originating from Greece, Europe, America and Africa. b. The developmental strategy of the region and the cultural cluster of Syngrou Avenue, 7th – 8th November 2018 In this conference issues related to sustainable development on Syngrou Ave. and the nearby districts were examined Together with cultural development associated with tourist development. Many professors of Panteion University whose specialization is in the fi eld of cultural enterprises and regional policies outlined potential projects.
The next steps to be undertaken will focus on the examination and drafting of possibilities for the creation of cultural and creative enterprises with the collaboration of the local administration of Kallithea and Nea Smynni. Participants in the projects are:
Panteion University; Harokopeion University; The Evgenidis Foundation; Stavros Niarchos Foundation; Alexander Onassis Foundation; Athanasios & Marina Martinou Foundation; Antonios & Ioannis Angelicoussis Foundation; Maria Tsakos Foundation. The Municipality of Kallithea, Nea Smynni and Palaion Faliron. Participants in conferences were: the President of the Economic Chamber of Greece; the President of the Merchants’ Chamber of Kallithea: the President of the Bank of Attica; the Bank of Piraeus Cultural Institution; the Onassis Stegi; the National Library of Greece; the Libraries of Panteion and Harokopeion University; the Evgenidis Foundation Library; the National Museum of Contemporary Art and the National Opera