Foreword from the Head of School
On behalf of the School, I would like to warmly congratulate you on gaining admission to the School of Economic Sciences of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
This year a new chapter will be opening up in your lives. Your student years at the University should be productive and open up new horizons for you. It is the School's duty to ensure that you are given every opportunity to acquire the knowledge that you need. The knowledge that the University offers you is, by definition, not restricted to academic knowledge, which is cultivated by each individual scientific discipline, but is much broader in character. We try to provide you with a comprehensive education.
You will experience great changes. At high school you were used to small classes, you probably enjoyed personal contact with your teachers and your daily activities were all planned for you. At University, and especially in the School of Economic Sciences, the situation is different, with large numbers of students, lecture theatres and rooms and corridors teeming with people. The academic and administrative staff make every effort to ensure that the School runs smoothly. My colleagues are conscientious in their work, although they do not always have the best conditions to work in.
Dear freshers, despite the difficulties that exist, I would like you to see the challenges, stimuli and opportunities that will be presented to you in your new learning environment. Don't let opportunities pass you by because you didn't feel at home right from the start. Your active participation in class, tutorials and the activities organised at your School and University will provide you with the key to an exciting life as a student.
The School of Economic Sciences of the Faculty of Law, Economic and Political Sciences at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki was one of the first schools to be established at the University and has been in continuous operation since 1928, functioning as part of the Faculty of Law, Economic and Political Sciences. Since 1928 it has operated as an autonomous school. In terms of student numbers, it is one of the largest schools in our University. Graduates from our School have gone on to work in the public and private sectors, higher education and also politics.
The curriculum offered at the School of Economic Sciences satisfies the need to provide a solid foundation of theoretical knowledge, while also providing students with opportunities to experience practical applications of this knowledge. At the same time the curriculum is quite flexible and constantly open to improvement and revision. It also has a satisfactory combination of compulsory and optional courses. The student handbook presents detailed descriptions of the courses and details of the School's academic staff. Briefly, the curriculum consists of two cycles of study. In the first cycle all students attend the same courses, which provide the basic knowledge required in all the main fields of economic science. In the second cycle students choose one of three fields of study: Business Economics, General Economic Theory and Policy, or Programming and Development.
The Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs has recently approved a proposal put forward by the School of Economic Sciences for the operation of an independent Programme of Postgraduate Studies in Management and Economics. This programme comprises four individual sub-programmes: 1) Business Administration; 2) Services Management; 3) International and European Economics, and 4) Economics and Regional Development. All of these courses were run for the first time in the academic year 2007-2008, the very first being that in Services Management, specialising in Logistics, Supply and Value Chain Management, which is also being run in the current academic year (2008-2009).
The School of Economic Sciences is also participating in the Interdepartmental Postgraduate Programme in ?Business Computing' in collaboration with the University's School of Informatics.
During your studies at the School of Economic Sciences you will have the opportunity to participate in one of the EU's European Educational Programmes (Socrates) and broaden your experience by studying for three months or a maximum of twelve months at a university in the European Union. Both the Aristotle University and our School have close ties with s number of universities in the European Union that facilitate the reciprocal transfer of students.
Students will find detailed information on educational programmes (e.g. undergraduate and postgraduate studies and Socrates), research opportunities and administrative matters on the School of Economic Sciences' Internet website: http://www.econ.auth.gr/undefined/econ.
Modern work environments require a knowledge of foreign languages and a familiarity with computers and related software, so it would be wise to acquire these while you are working towards your degree: they will be of great assistance to you both during the course of your studies and in your later careers.
In the hope that during your time here you will come to see the importance of knowledge as a lifelong pursuit, I welcome you to the School of Economic Sciences and wish you a wonderful and fruitful journey.
Assos.Prof. D. Kousenidis
Head of School