University of Macedonia

The University of Macedonia (UoM; Greek: Πανεπιστήμιο Μακεδονίας (Πα.Μακ.), Panepistímio Makedonías (Pa.Mak.)) is a public research university in Thessaloniki, Macedonia, Greece. It is a modern institution, renowned for the quality, freedom, democracy, meritocracy and individual development it provides to its members.[12]

University of Macedonia
Πανεπιστήμιο Μακεδονίας
Facade of the University of Macedonia.jpg
Latin: Universitas Macedoniae
Former names
University of Macedonia Economics and Socials Sciencies (in Greek: Πανεπιστήμιο Μακεδονίας Οικονομικών και Κοινωνικών Σπουδών)
School of Higher Industrial Studies of Thessaloniki (in Greek: Ανώτατη Βιομηχανική Σχολή Θεσσαλονίκης)
MottoΠοιότητα, Αξιοκρατία, Καινοτομία (Greek) [1]
Qualitas, Meritocratia, Innovatio (Latin)
Motto in English
Quality, Meritocracy, Innovation [2]
TypePublic research university
Established1930; 91 years ago (1930) as Evening Business School of Thessaloniki’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry[3]
1948; 73 years ago (1948) as the Graduate School of Industrial Studies of Thessaloniki[4]
1957; 64 years ago (1957) as School of Higher Industrial Studies of Thessaloniki [5]
1990; 31 years ago (1990) as University of Macedonia[6]
Budget€1.64 million (2021)[7]
(state funding only)
RectorStelios Katranidis
Academic staff
273[8]
Students19,910[9]
Undergraduates14,361[10]
Postgraduates3,549 (including doctoral students)[11]
Location, ,
Greece

40°37′31″N 22°57′36″E / 40.6253°N 22.96°E / 40.6253; 22.96Coordinates: 40°37′31″N 22°57′36″E / 40.6253°N 22.96°E / 40.6253; 22.96
CampusUrban (approx. 40.000m2)
ColoursYellow & Blue
   
NicknameUoM, Pa.Mak. (Πα.Μακ.), College (Κολλέγιο)
AffiliationsEUA, IAU, BAUNAS, Black Sea Universities Network
Websitewww.uom.gr
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Founded as School of Higher Industrial Studies of Thessaloniki (in Greek: Ανώτατη Βιομηχανική Σχολή Θεσσαλονίκης) in 1948 and started its first operation during the academic year 1957-1958, it is the second largest university in the city (following the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki). It currently consists of eight departments which deal mainly with social, political, economic sciences and Information Technology.[13]

The language of instruction is Greek, although there are programs in foreign languages,courses and for international and local students, carried out in English, French, German, Italian, Turkish, Russian, Serbian, Bulgarian and Arabic.

HistoryEdit

OriginsEdit

 
The university campus as seen from Egnatia Street

In 1930 the evening Business School is founded by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Thessaloniki which can be considered the antecedent of the Graduate School of Industrial Studies of Thessaloniki. In 1948 the three-year Graduate School of Industrial Studies of Thessaloniki is founded in accordance with Emergency Law 800/1948 as a legal entity governed by private law under the authority of the Ministry of National Economy.

In 1954 the first Council of the Graduate School of Industrial Studies of Thessaloniki is established under the Ministerial Decree 70139/15-1-1954 of the minister Director- General of Northern Greece. In 1956 the “Internal Rules of Procedure of the Graduate School of Industrial Studies of Thessaloniki” got approved. The internal rules specify in detail all administrative and education matters for the organization of the School. One year later, the operation of the School starts with the admission of the first students. In 1958 the school is renamed as “School of Higher Industrial Studies of Thessaloniki”, attendance is for four years, “the degree is equivalent to those provided by all four-year attendance Schools of Higher Education”, operation is under the auspices of the Ministry of Industry. 4 years later, the School is governed by a Council appointed by the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs. Thus, the School operates under the auspices of the Ministry of Education. Specializations are introduced for the first time in the school’s curriculum. In 1966 the school is renamed as “School of Higher Industrial Studies of Thessaloniki” and it operates as a legal entity governed by private law. Until the issuance of the Royal Decrees provided for by the relevant Decree-Law, the School is temporarily governed by a five-member Senate. In 1973, the first PhDs are awarded. Shortly before the collapse of the dictatorship, the administrative bodies are established within the School. The school’s administration is now carried out by the Rector and the Senate.

Contemporary historyEdit

In 1985, the School is divided into two departments: the Department of Economics and the Department of Business Administration. In 1990 the School of Higher Industrial Studies of Thessaloniki is renamed to “University of Macedonia Economics and Social Sciences” and three new departments are founded: Department of International and European Economic Studies, Department of Accounting and Finance, Department of Applied Informatics. 8 years later, the first Department of Educational & Social Policy is founded. The Department receives its first students in September 1997. In 1996, two new departments are founded: the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies, and the Department of Music Science and Art. Those new departments received their first students in September 1998. In 2004, two more decentralized departments are founded: The Department of Marketing and Operation Management based in the city of Edessa and the Department of Technology Management based in the city of Naousa.

In 2013, with the “Athena” reform plan the designation “Economics & Social Studies” is removed from the University’s official title, the decentralized departments (in Naousa and Edessa) are merged with the departments based in Thessaloniki and for the first time Schools are founded. Today, the University of Macedonia has four Schools which consist of a total of eight Departments based in Thessaloniki (School of Economic and Regional Studies, School of Business Administration, School of Information Sciences and School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts).

CampusEdit

The University of Macedonia is located in Thessaloniki's center, on 156 Egnatia Street. The campus is adjacent to the campus of Aristotle University and to Thessaloniki International Fair complex. It is made up of a group of buildings with a total area of approximately 40,000 m2, consisting of amphitheaters, teaching and seminar rooms, offices and the areas of the administration sections, a restaurant (which operates during the whole academic year), a library, a basketball court, a gymnasium and a book-store; also a child-care station will soon be operating. There are also two guestrooms where 4-8 persons (mostly official visitors) can be accommodated.

Administration and organizationEdit

 
The rector of the University of Macedonia, Stylianos Katranidis

The University of Macedonia is a public, non-profit university run by a four-member rectorate. The incumbent rector is Dr. Stylianos (Stelios) Katranidis.

From 2011 until 2017 the university has been administered as a public trust governed by a board of trustees known as the University Council. The powers of the Council were provided by Law 4009/2011 and amongst others are as follows: a) to organize the Rector’s nomination procedure by selecting 3 candidates from those applying for the Rector’s position elected by the University’s professors and lecturers in a direct, universal and secret suffrage after an international invitation; b) to approve and update the Rules of Procedure; c) to set up the Quality Assurance Unit; d) to select the University’s Secretary upon the Rector’s recommendation; e) to approve the budget; f) to define the University’s development strategy.

AcademicsEdit

AdmissionsEdit

 
A garden by the entrance of the university

The University of Macedonia is considered one of the selective universities of Greece. Admissions are mandated by the Greek government through the Panhellenic Exams and traditionally the university had amongst the highest entance marks of all Greek universities in the respective fields of study.

Teaching and learningEdit

The University of Macedonia follows a quarter system with the autumn quarter usually beginning in late September and the spring quarter ending in mid-June. There are no academic fees for the university's graduate programmes, while the fees for its postgraduate programmes range from approximately 2,000 to 4,000 Euros.

Schools and departmentsEdit

The University of Macedonia is divided into four academic schools, which are further divided into eight departments.[14]

Schools Departments
School of Business Administration
School of Economic and Regional Studies
School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts
  • Department of International and European Studies (1990)
  • Department of Educational and Social Policy (1998)
  • Department of Music Science and Art (1998)
School of Information Sciences

LibraryEdit

The library of the University of Macedonia was founded in 1962 and is located in a central location inside the university's central campus.[15] It includes study areas and public computers running Linux. Its infrastructure is built entirely with open source software. [16]

University of Macedonia also supports the development and enrichment of the Library of the Experimental School.

ArtsEdit

 
The concert hall of the University of Macedonia

The university has its own performance venue, with a 2,000 seat auditorium and a stage. Its official name is the Ceremonial Amphitheatre (in Greek: Αμφιθέατρο Τελετών) and it is used for the performances of the music department, theatrical plays, as well as all the official ceremonies of the university, such as graduations. In 2012, vandals entered the space and burnt a 35,000 Euro piano. The remains of the burnt piano have been turned into an artwork, a monument against violence, placed at the entrance of the space. [17][18]

Reputation and rankingsEdit

The University of Macedonia is a good business school with strong regional influence according to Eduniversal, it has received 2 palmes of excellence by the ranking agency.[19]

In 2016 the external evaluation committee gave University of Macedonia a Positive evaluation.[20]

An external evaluation of all academic departments in Greek universities was conducted by the Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency (HQAA).[21]

  • Department of Economics (2014)[22]
  • Department of Business Administration (2010)[23]
  • Department of Accounting and Finance (2014)[24]
  • Department of International and European Studies (2014)[25]
  • Department of Balkan Slavic and Oriental Studies (2014)[26]
  • Department of Music Science and Art (2014)[27]
  • Department of Educational and Social Policy (2013)[28]
  • Department of Applied Informatics (2013)[29]

Student LifeEdit

Student bodyEdit

Dormitories and student housingEdit

 
A building at the student dormitories in Kalamaria

The university has its own university recidencies in Nea Krini neighborhood of Kalamaria, in the south suburbs of Thessaloniki.

AthleticsEdit

 
The fencing team of the University of Macedonia training in the indoor sports hall.

The university has its own sports indoor hall and its own gym. It is active in many sports and is taking part in university competitions in Greece. Its most successful departments are fencing and volleyball. The university's volleyball team was coached by former Greece men's national volleyball team and Iraklis VC former coach Alekos Leonis.[31][32][33]

TraditionsEdit

According to the university's tradition, caps and gowns are worn only by members of faculty at graduation ceremonies.

Student groupsEdit

 
A terrace in the University of Macedonia refurbished by student volunteers of the environmental team and of the Erasmus Student Network

The university has a wide variety of student groups. There are political groups representing all major political currents in Greek politics, that regularly take part in student elections. There are also volunteering student groups such as a local section of Erasmus Student Network, ESN UOM Thessaloniki (the first section in Thessaloniki) active in promoting, developing and supporting the Erasmus community.[34] and a Local Committee of AIESEC, the first one in Thessaloniki, active with promoting AIESEC's scopes.

The university also has an environmental student team doing various activities on and off campus, such as tree and flower planting.

TEDxEdit

The University of Macedonia hosts an annual TEDx event since 2013 organised by students.[35]

Memberships and cooperationsEdit

University of Macedonia is currently member of the following associations/organizations:[36]

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  18. ^ "Ένα καμένο πιάνο γίνεται εικαστικό έργο".
  19. ^ "University and business school ranking in Greece". www.eduniversal-ranking.com. Retrieved 2019-04-23.
  20. ^ "University of Macedonia - External Evaluation Report" (PDF). www.adip.gr. 2016."The UoM endeavours to play a central role as an academic institution in the Balkans. The general operation has been very positively evaluated and the EEC feels that the Institution has the potential to evolve into a major educational and cultural pole for northern Greece and the Balkans."
  21. ^ "Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency". Archived from the original on 2016-04-21. Retrieved 2014-12-30.
  22. ^ HQAA Final Report - Department of Economics, University of Macedonia, 2014
  23. ^ HQAA Final Report - Department of Business Administration, University of Macedonia, 2010
  24. ^ HQAA Final Report - Department of Accounting and Finance, University of Macedonia, 2014
  25. ^ HQAA Final Report - Department of International and European Studies, University of Macedonia, 2014
  26. ^ HQAA Final Report - Department of Balkan Slavic and Oriental Studies, University of Macedonia, 2014
  27. ^ HQAA Final Report - Department of Music Science and Art, University of Macedonia, 2014
  28. ^ HQAA Final Report - Department of Educational and Social Policy, University of Macedonia, 2013
  29. ^ HQAA Final Report - Department of Applied Informatics, University of Macedonia, 2013
  30. ^ "World University Rankings 2021". Times Higher Education. Retrieved September 2, 2020.
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  34. ^ ESN UOM Thessaloniki Section in University Of Macedonia[permanent dead link]
  35. ^ https://tedxuniversityofmacedonia.com/
  36. ^ "Partnerships- Memberships". Retrieved 2020-07-10.

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