Professor Kyriaki Kosmidou
Head of the School
Dear First-Year Students,
On behalf of the School, I would like to warmly congratulate you on gaining admission to the School of Economics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. This year you are starting a new chapter in your lives.
The School of Economics in the Faculty of Economics and Political Science is one of the University’s oldest Schools and has been in continuous operation since 1928. In terms of student numbers, it is one of the largest schools in our University. Our graduates have gone on to work in the Public, Private and Higher Education sectors and some of them also got involved in politics.
In this new environment, you will experience many great changes. In High School, you were used to small classes, possibly having personal contact with your teachers, and had a daily routine. Don’t let the opportunity slip away, even if you don’t feel at home right from the start. Both the academic and administrative staff are there to help you find your way around the School. Despite the difficulties, I would like you to see the challenges, stimuli, and opportunities that will be presented to you in your new learning environment. Your active participation in the lectures, tutorials, and labs as well as your engagement with the events organized by the School and the University will be key in providing an exciting student life.
The years you will spend in University should be creative and open up new horizons for you. The knowledge you will obtain through your studies with us will be both specific to the subject areas you will be exposed to but also allow you to gain a broader perspective over current issues. Through the invited lectures and the subsequent discussions, our School is making an effort to familiarize students with the current economic and societal issues, aiming at providing a well-rounded education.
Students can consult the student handbook, available on the School’s website, to familiarize themselves with the new curriculum and access other useful information. Our curriculum is designed in such a way as to provide solid theoretical foundations in the areas of Economics and Management and at the same time to give students the opportunity to apply this knowledge in practice. Our undergraduate programme is quite flexible and consists of a number of compulsory and elective courses. The student handbook provides a detailed description of the courses offered and an introduction to the School staff.
The programme consists of two cycles of study; the first cycle offers the same courses for all students, providing them with the basic knowledge in the areas of Economics and Management. In the second cycle students can choose one of the following pathways: Economics or Business Administration.
I would also like to highlight that our School offers three Postgraduate programmes, including a Master’s in Economics, a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) and a Master’s in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Also, working closely with other Schools in the University as well as other educational institutions, we offer the following postgraduate programmes: MSc in Business Administration and Information systems (with the School of Informatics, AUTH), MSc in Networks and Complex Systems (with the School of Mathematics, AUTH), MSc in Tourism and Regional Development (with the Schools of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment, Spatial Planning and Development, Theology and Law, AUTH). Finally, we also have an established PhD programme, which lasts minimum three years.
A modern and well-equipped library, which is constantly updated to include more academic journals and books, and accessible library staff will help you towards obtaining your degree and enhancing your educational experience. Computer skills, familiarity with relevant software programmes as well as foreign languages are now considered essential skills in the job market. The School is equipped with a computer lab and provides students with the opportunity to improve these skills during the course of the programme.
During your studies with us, you will have the opportunity to participate in one of the European Educational Programmes (Erasmus) and broaden your experience by studying for three months or a maximum of twelve months at a university in the European Union. Both 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 can get more information about our programmes (undergraduate, postgraduate, Erasmus), research and administration on the School’s official website.
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 Economics and wish you a wonderful and fruitful journey.
Thessaloniki, September 2020
Professor Kyriaki Kosmidou
Head of the School