Artistotle University of Thessaloniki
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh) is a state institution established in 1925. Its structure, its range of activities and its size make it the largest and most complex institution of higher education in the country. More than 95,000 students study in the University’s 41 school and the teaching and research staff number is approximately 3,000. AUTh has decided to run lifelong learning programmes, aiming to meet the increasing needs and demands of the Greek society for instruction, training, and specialization. Thus, the Senate decided (during its meeting no. 2827/3-11-10) to establish the Scientific Committee for Lifelong Learning, which has dealt in detail with the institutional framework for, the international and national experience in, the purpose and requirements for the implementation of Lifelong Learning programmes by AUTh. The Committee considers that the operation of self-funded Lifelong Learning programmes will contribute significantly to a decrease in social exclusion with regards to education, as well as contribute to the modernization of the Greek educational system and to the improvement of the quality of education. The Committee also maintains that Lifelong Learning programmes have to operate within a framework that will guarantee high quality studies, their compatibility with the role assigned to public universities, the efficiency, credibility and validity of the content of offered educational services, as well as ensure the recognition of the qualifications obtained, and transparency in fund management.
The Department of Chemistry has nearly 500 students and 98 staff members and is perfectly appropriate for coordinating a project dealing with ‘Bologna tools’, since it has extended expertise in multilateral co-operations and Erasmus mobility schemes; and is bearing close connections to the Greek labour market. In the last five years AUTh has participated in 491 projects on education.