Bill Papastergiadis at the 7th Delphi Economic Forum 2022 — Greek City Times

Delphi is a four-day flagship conference taking place in the ancient city.

Bill Papastergiadis was a speaker alongside Nick Lairgakis and Jimmy Kokotos, who focused on the contribution of the diaspora to structural change in Greece.

Papastergiadis at the Delphi Economic Forum said, “Greece, with its rich history and culture, should become a global educational destination.

With Nick Larigakis from Greece (co-presenter) and the presentation organizer (Andreas Zamboukas)

Bill also said, “Now is the time to invest in the development of different programs at the university level, especially in the fields of humanities, which will help the Greek economy and increase its influence in the world”.

Papastergiadis noted that Australia’s education sector at the tertiary level before COVID contributed $32 billion to the economy, with over 700,000 students and 130,000 people employed in this sector.

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The contribution of the education sector at the tertiary level in Australia is comparable to the value of tourism in Greece, which pre-COVID was 37 billion.

Greece has already made some progress in its higher education sector. Yet a concerted effort to develop courses and degrees in English alongside the Greek language would be imperative in many faculties, including science, medicine, and architecture.

Papastergiadis said that by bringing together its ancient Greek history with modern practices and investing more in the humanities, students from the faculties would be attracted from all over the world.

As is currently the case in Australia, Greece could become a global education destination. It has all the necessary prerequisites including its rich cultural heritage and deep history.

In particular, the BJP said, “Greek Diaspora research units should be established at different universities across Greece, including in Athens, Crete and Thessaloniki. These centers in Greece would work with other universities around the world, in particular the new Melbourne Greek Community Center for the Hellenic Global Diaspora at the University of Melbourne and the Greek Program at La Tobe University”.

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With Ms. Avgerinopoulou (Member of the Greek Parliament) and Larigakis

Likewise, bilateral agreements are needed between Greece and other countries and its universities for the exchange of teaching staff and students. For example, it would be essential for Australian students to study in Greece and for this work to be recognized in their degrees in Australia.

In addition, Greece should also invest in expanding its education programs to include additional courses on Greek language and culture taught in English to attract international students.

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