The solemn ceremony of signing the Agreement of Cooperation between MSPU and Hellenic Open University took place On September 26, 2018.
MSPU was represented by the Rector, A. V. Lubkov, Vice-Rector and Head of the Department of Theology V. V. Strakhov, Head of the Institute of International Education N. I. Zamerchenko, Deputy Head of the International Relations Office O. A. Morozova, and staff members of the Institute of International Education A. V. Kuznetsov and S. A. Danilin.
Hellenic Open University was represented by the President Vasilis Kardasis, the first Vice-President Anna Russou, Head of the Educational program, Nikolaos Sifakis, Assistant President Evangelos Koltsidas.
In his opening remarks A.V. Lubkov highlighted long-standing historical, spiritual and cultural connections between Russia and Greece. The Rector also pointed out that academic exchange and cooperation between Russian and Greek Universities are vital for strengthening relationships between the two countries. In addition, since Hellenic Open University is the only University in Europe that has launched Orthodox Theology program, one of priorities of MSPU became the development of affiliated Russian educational programs.
President Vasilios Kardasis expressed his interest in organizing joint summer schools for students as well as creating the following programs: Russian as foreign language, Spanish, the Greek language and culture. Moreover Hellenic Open University, being an internationally recognized leader in distance education, is willing to share its experience in digital learning.
As a final point, both sides expressed firm belief that these ceremony and meeting are the beginning of a long-term harmonious partnership.
The discussion ended up with signing Agreement on Cooperation and Agreement to organize Master educational programme “Modern Technologies in Teaching English” by the two Universities. Programme graduates will receive 2 diplomas.
Hellenic Open University (greek Ελληνικό Ανοικτό Πανεπιστήμιο) is a self-administered State University with its premises located mainly in Patras Greece. The University accepted its first students in 1998. It has four Schools (Social Sciences, Applied Arts, Science and Technology and Humanities). Currently, over 30.000 undergraduate and postgraduate students are registered in. They are educated by an outward looking academic faculty of around 50 members, supported by 2000 adjunct lecturers, professors, post-doctoral researchers, laboratory support staff, instructors e.t.c, as well as around 200 administrative support staff. The University received Mark of Merit by the Ministry of Education of Greece.