Semester at Sea made headlines in a number of Greek news outlets following its one-day special event with Greek officials and Deree College administrators and students. Click on the images of the news stories to go to the links. But, be forewarned, one article is in French (go figure) and the other in Greek.
Translation for the Greek article is below.
Deree – Semester at Sea: Floating University [appeared in Kerdos news]
The passenger ship Explorer, on board which the Semester at Sea program—sponsored by the University of Virginia –takes place, is visiting Piraeus with more than 700 students from various universities of USA and other countries around the world.
During this visit, the cooperation between SAS and Deree college has been corroborated. This cooperation allows exclusively Deree students to participate to SAS program which will also offer scholarships in order to boost that participation.
It is only the second agreement of SAS with international educational institution outside US. The first was the one with the prominent University of Shangai.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Miltiades Varvitsiotis, and number of Greek officials visited the Explorer. Deputy Minister addressed the visiting students for the challenges Greece and the greater area about Greece are facing and for the initiatives of Greece. The Minister praised SAS and the Deree for this agreement and pointed out that it will further widen (Deree’s college) students’ horizons.
A group of students and staff from Deree college visited the Explorer and they received a guided tour on board the vessel. They were introduced to the educational offers of SAS and they expressed their interest into participate in the program.
SAS is a fully recognized educational program on university level. Participating students are able to transfer (SAS) credits to their own university and they will widen their knowledge by studying on board this floating university. Explorer is fully equipped with library, classrooms and amphitheatre, visual and audio means and can offer more than 70 different courses in each voyage.
Deree college, part of the American College of Greece, is a non-profitable educational institution, recognized and certified by NEASC, with long history in Greece. The American College of Greece was founded in 1875 in Smyrna of Asia Minor and moved in Greece after the disaster (resulting from war) in Asia Minor. It offers five master’s programs and 19 bachelor’s, following the American model of higher education.
Today, Deree counts more than 28,000 alumni who have earned jobs in more than 1,700 companies and organizations in Greece and internationally.