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Greek Universities go West

1 October 2014

First stop: Washington, D.C.!
The heads of the career centers of the University of Ioannina, Patras, University of the Aegean, and the Athens University of Economics and Business along with a Ministry of Education representative, travelled to our nation's capital to explore how university career centers operate in the U.S. to contribute in youth entrepreneurship, innovation and job creation.

The visitors held meetings, among others, with the University of the District of Columbia, World Learning NGO, the National Career Development Association, the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers, the University of Delaware and the Embassy of Greece in the United States, but still managed to find time to take a photo in front of the White House and Lincoln Memorial!

 

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Second Stop: Philadelphia!
Is that the Rocky statue?

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was the second city that the heads of the career centers of the University of Ioannina, Patras, University of the Aegean, and the Athens University of Economics and Business along with a representative of the Ministry of Education visited during their U.S. study tour.

Philadelphia is a great example of how a city can revive its economy and stop brain drain through partnerships between local government, universities, and the business community. The group visited the Fox School of Business of Temple University, Villanova University Career Center, and the Department of Commerce in Philadelphia to learn about innovative methods to engage students, alumni and the business community to promote youth entrepreneurship, innovation and job creation.

Final stop: Detroit, Michigan
Despite common misconception, our exchange program visitors discovered that Detroit is much more than Motown records and Big Three golden eras' photos hanging on the walls.

Detroit is a city that is slowly starting to recover after more than 30 years of economic crisis, and the role of secondary schools and universities is of paramount importance for the economic growth and social cohesion of the greater area. During their study tour, the heads of the career centers of the University of Ioannina, Patras, University of the Aegean, and the Athens University of Economics and Business along with a representative of the Ministry of Education visited Wayne State University, the Henry Ford County Community College, TechDown Detroit innovation hub, and held meetings with local government and business representatives to explore how public-private partnerships can make an economy flourish.

 

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The program is an initiate of the U.S. Embassy in Athens and the State Department to support youth employment and job creation in Greece.

 

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