by Vicky Kaliakou
The new English-taught undergraduate program of the Medical School at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), has exceeded expectations so far.
1,200 candidates applied for just 60 places, which translates to a 5% acceptance rate. AUTH can pride itself on being very selective like some of the world’s top universities. For example, Harvard University has a 5% acceptance rate, Stanford University 4%, Yale University 6% and MIT 7% (niche.com).
Sixty students from Australia, the USA, China, Vietnam, India, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Turkey, Cyprus, Sweden and France will study Greek medical terms in their place of origin.
“Asclepius, Hippocrates and Galen are not ancient history but living paradigms” is written in the Medical school’s website.
“The response is truly impressive. Approximately 1,200 candidates around the world expressed their interest and applied online to the AUTH School of Medicine. We interviewed almost 200 of them that matched our high standards”, professor Kyriakos Anastasiadis, head of the AUTH Medical school, told GBF. “60 students will be enrolled to ensure the quality of our studies. There are 304 tutors who will support this project; therefore, the proportion of teacher-students is ideal.”
But is AUTH ready in terms of infrastructure and teaching staff?
The Rector, professor Nikolaos G. Papaioannou, clarifies: “The existing infrastructure will be utilized, while the excellent colleagues of the School of Medicine have undertaken the teaching, laboratory and clinical work. Our School of Medicine is world-renowned, with brilliant scientists, and offers a very high level of studies to its students”.
It was a very tough job to create this undergraduate program.
“The Aristotle University is one of the largest universities in Greece and is hosting the most prominent school of Medicine. The undergraduate program in English is a complete six-year program for foreign citizens. Our primary goal is to educate medical students and provide health professionals with the highest scientific standards, using the latest technology and innovation. Our students perform high-quality research in collaboration with other Greek and International Research Centers. We ensure that our young medical doctors will acquire all scientific knowledge that will enable them to diagnose and effectively manage all health problems providing excellence, innovation, and supportive quality in the care of patients,” professor K. Anastasiadis, head of the AUTH Medical school, says.
The full article is part of the Cover story on the Greek Higher Education published in the September/October issue of Greek Business File, available here.