Educational partnership launched with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Pete Tsolis, Director of Business Programs with students at the FDF Festival.

Hellenic American University and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America have announced the formation of a partnership to facilitate educational opportunities in the U.S. and Greece. The scope of this cooperative initiative, as outlined in a Memorandum of Understanding that was signed on March 22, 2023, includes the development of opportunities for study abroad, civic engagement, and faculty and student exchange.

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros and University Executive Vice President and CFO Dr. Leonidas Tzonis.In a recent letter sent to 500 parishes across the US, the Archdiocese noted that the study-abroad options include both semester- or term-study and faculty-led programs on aspects of Greek culture, religion, and heritage. As University Executive Vice-President and CFO Dr. Leonidas Tzonis points out, the latter could take the form of small parish-based groups of college students, who would travel to the University’s Athens campus at Hellenic American College for a series of custom-designed credit-bearing courses. The University is also planning to offer the option of summer Advanced Placement courses for high-school seniors.

As an early step in establishing the partnership, the University’s Director of Business Programs and assistant professor Pete Tsolis delivered a workshop for high school and college students in the 46th annual Faith Dance Fellowship Festival, which was held in Phoenix, Arizona this past February. During the festival, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros announced the offer of ten scholarships to members of the Greek American community for study in Athens.

Image at the top: Pete Tsolis, Director of Business Programs with students at the FDF Festival.

Inside image: His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros and University Executive Vice President and CFO Dr. Leonidas Tzonis.

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