University of Macedonia

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University of Macedonia (U.O.M.)
Πανεπιστήμιο Μακεδονίας (Πα.Μακ.)
University of Macedonia logo.png
Motto University of Economic and Social Studies
Established 1957; 57 years ago (1957) in Thessaloniki
Type Public
Chancellor Hajidimitriou Yannis
Vice-Chancellor Christos Konstantatos
Achilleas Zapranis
Harry Papapanagos
Academic staff 147
Students

approx. 15,339 registered

approx. 6,000 active
Location Thessaloniki, Makedonia, Greece
Campus Urban (approx. 40.000 square meters)
Former names

School of Higher Industrial Studies of Thessaloniki

(in Greek: Ανώτατη Βιομηχανική Σχολή Θεσσαλονίκης)
Colours Dark blue, Yellow, Orange
Nickname PA.MAK. (in Greek: "ΠΑ.ΜΑΚ" that comes from the Greek: "Πανεπιστήμιο Μακεδονίας")
Website http://www.uom.gr
The campus of the University of Macedonia

The University of Macedonia (Greek: Πανεπιστήμιο Μακεδονίας or Panepistímio Makedonías) is located in Thessaloniki, Macedonia, Greece. It is the second largest university in the city (following the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki). It currently consists of ten departments which deal mainly with social, political and economic sciences.

Before 1991, it was known as "School of Higher Industrial Studies of Thessaloniki" ("Anotati Viomihaniki Sholi Thessalonikis"). After the change of its name (and location), more departments were added expanding its scope beyond management and economics. A Local Committee of AIESEC (the first one in Thessaloniki) is in operation (has its office in the ground floor of the main building) and is very active with promoting AIESEC's scopes. Also a local section of Erasmus Student Network, ESN UOM Thessaloniki (the first section in Thessaloniki) is active in promoting, developing and supporting the Erasmus community.[1]

Facilities[edit]

The University of Macedonia is located on 156 Egnatia Street. The campus is made up of a group of buildings with a total area of approximately 40.000 square meters, consisting of amphitheaters, teaching and seminar rooms, offices and the areas of the administration sections, a restaurant (which operates during the whole academic year), a gymnasium and a book-store; also a child-care station will soon be operating. There are also two guestrooms where 4-8 persons (mostly official visitors) can be accommodated.

The University has recently added a main auditorium that will become one of the most contemporary conference centers with international standards and will also host important cultural events of the city.

Academic Evaluation[edit]

An external evaluation of all academic departments in Greek universities will be conducted by the Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency (HQAA) in the following years. [2]

Departments[edit]

Department of Economics[edit]

The objective of the Department of Economics is to train highly specialized economists.

This goal is achieved through research and organization of the proper curricula which are regularly revised to keep up with new development in science, the economy and society.

Department of Business Administration[edit]

Study in Business Administration at the University of Macedonia is based on the principle that the well-trained manager must achieve a sophisticated and critical grounding in theory.

This principle, along with a commitment to vigour in the formal tools and techniques of Business Administration analysis, guides the course of both undergraduate and graduate programs of our Department.

The Department of Business Administration aims:

  • to provide students with undergraduate and master's (MBA) degree programmes of the highest quality needed for managerial and professional careers in the public and private sector.
  • to promote excellence in teaching, research and other relevant professional activities
  • to interact with other national and international educational and research institutions, in the pursuit of mutual goals.
  • to anticipate the needs of the business community and to work closely with business and professional organizations.

Department of International and European Studies[edit]

The Department of International and European Studies was established in 1990 as The Department of International and European Economic Studies. In 1993, according to presidential decree, it changed its name and academic content, which has been retained ever since.

The subject areas of the department include: International and European Finance, Political Science, International Relations, Foreign Politics and Diplomacy, Political Theory, Comparative Political Institutions, International Law, Institutions of the European Communities, the European Union and International Organizations.

The mission of the department is the study and the instruction of these subject areas as well as the preparation of well-grounded executives for the coverage of specialized needs of this country particularly in the staffing of European Community/Union services.

Department of Accounting and Finance[edit]

The goal of the Department of Accounting and Finance is to create and disseminate knowledge that enriches its students and allows them to lead in the job market in the areas of Accounting and Finance.

To achieve this goal the Department offers a wide range of courses that provide

  • general knowledge in the areas of Business Administration and Economics
  • specialized knowledge in the areas of Accounting and Finance.

Furthermore, the necessary knowledge of the legislation concerning business activity is provided through a series of law courses.

Research in topics that concern companies and organizations is another area where the Department concentrates.

Department of Applied Informatics[edit]

According to the Establishing act of the Department of Applied Informatics, its mission is to promote and further develop the science of informatics, with special emphasis on the development of systems for managerial and economic applications and the training of high level executives for the country's needs.

In addition to the theoretical education offered to the students, particular attention is paid to their practical training on developing software for economic and managerial applications.

The programme of studies includes courses from the disciplines of Computer Science, Economics and Business Administration. The department's graduates are well qualified to meet the demanding requirements of the modern business world.

Department of Educational and Social Policy[edit]

The Department was established by Presidential Decrees 267/93 and 391/95 (published in the Governmental Gazette No. 217/25-10-95). The first students were admitted in the Department in September 1997.

The Department of Educational and Social Policy was established in an effort to serve certain areas of science that have become of special interest to the international community. In particular, the mission of the Department is:

  • to advance the social sciences in the sectors of educational and social policy by promoting academic and applied teaching and research;
  • to offer its graduates the necessary theoretical and practical training for their scientific and professional careers and development;
  • to promote research in educational and social policy and particularly in the fields of continuing education, the education of adults and of persons with special needs, training techniques, and the development and evaluation of social policy regulations.

Department of Balkan Slavic and Oriental Studies[edit]

The Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies is an interdisciplinary department. It was established according to the Presidential Decree 363/20-9-96 and the first students were admitted in September 1998. The admission terms and the number of students admitted per year is specified according to the decrees in force regarding the admission of students in a graduate level institution.

Department of Music Science and Art[edit]

The Department of Music Science and Art was founded in 1996. Its mission is to provide its students with quality, well-rounded education by fostering the conditions that will allow for the fertile interaction between the diverse fields of applied and theoretical music studies. The Department offers four set majors in:

  1. European (Classical) Music
  2. Byzantine Music
  3. Greek Traditional (Demotic) Music
  4. Contemporary Music

Through the holistic character of its curriculum, the Department aims at developing musicians well equipped to face the professional challenges of a wide array of career settings in music performance, research, and education. Moreover, as a consequence of its aspirations to maintain communicative ties with society, the Department encourages the development of performance groups (orchestras, choirs, chamber music ensembles, traditional music ensembles etc.) that may represent Greece in music events of national and international scope.

The Department of Music Science and Art is a member of Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen (AEC).

Department of Marketing and Operations Management[edit]

The Department of Marketing and Operations Management is one of the most recent Departments of the University of Macedonia. It was established in the summer of 2004 (Government’s Gazette Issue 138/22.7.2004) and its first year of operation was the academic year 2004-2005. The mission of the Department is the creation of executives, specialized in Marketing and Operation Management that will be able to pursue high-powered careers in businesses and organizations of the public and private sectors. The Department is based in the city of Edessa where all classes are held.

The aim of the Department according to the founding charter is to promote knowledge in the domains of marketing, sales, distribution network management, imports, advertising, market research, production management, logistics, design and analysis of procedures, quality management, demand forecasts, production programming and stocks management. Also to provide students with the expertise that is essential for a promising scientific and professional career. Finally, it aims at the creation of a postgraduate programme that will lead to the higher specialization of graduates on the scientific domains of the Department.

Finally, it should be mentioned that the new Department is financed by the 3rd Community Support Framework, through the implementation of the actions of the Operational Programme “Education and Initial Vocational Training II, “Expansion of Higher Education (2004-2006)” and “Equipment for the Support of the Actions of the European Social Fund (E.S.F.): New Departments - Expansion of Higher Education, Phase 3 (2004–2006). The aforementioned actions have contributed significantly to the efficient organization of the new Department, both on the level of administration and teaching, as well as on the level of infrastructure, equipment and facilities (library, laboratory, auxiliary facilities).

Department of Technology Management[edit]

Within the boundaries of a society and economy dependable on knowledge, the technology ?know-how?, and particularly the comprehension of new and emerging technologies, constitute an invaluable asset and an enabler for business or organizations, in order to gain sustainable competitive advantage within markets, or simply to improve the operational efficiency and effectiveness, both within the public and private sector. Thus, Technology Management underlies a critical part of strategic decision making and thinking within a contemporary business or organization.

Technology Management focuses mainly on enabling businesses and organizations to become reorganized and produce new or better products and services, by acknowledging technology as the starting and referral point. In other words, Technology Management promotes the Management of Innovative Technology Change, so much in products and services that enterprises and organizations offer, as well as to the business itself, in total.

The managerial personnel of a Technology Management Department associate the strategic operations with the managerial or transactional operations of business or organization by forming a bridge between the strategic ? enterprising logic on the one hand and the scientific ? technological approach- on the other. The major task is to link and to coordinate systematically science and technology with managerial or operational strategy.

The Technology Management Department emphasizes the development of managerial and production executives employed by business and organizations with strong technological orientation so much in their structure and operation, as well as in their products and services being offered, with digital and telecommunication technologies always being at the focal point.

According to the foundation memorandum of the Technology Management Department, the graduates should compound

a) organisational and administrative knowledge for business and organizations and

b) technological knowledge with particular emphasis on the areas of telecommunications and digital systems.

Graduates will be particularly suited in the areas of design and standardisation, research and development of technological products, marketing, sales and support of corresponding services, administration and quality management of IT department of businesses and organizations, technological innovation and change management, technological and entrepreneurial feasibility studies, etc.

Therefore, a lengthier but more accurate designation of the Department could be ?Department of Production Management and promotion of innovative products and services, management of technological innovation and change into business and organizations, with the support of digital and telecommunication technologies?.

Cognitive regions

The profile of the identical graduate of the Department is a scientist who shall be able to:

a) participate in the process, which relates to the design, production and support of innovative (or the improvement of an existent) technological product or service, where the semantic of ?technological? refers to products or services of the digital and telecommunication technologies.

b) compile techno ? economical studies, strategic and managerial plans, market research, studies for production cost and configuration, quality control, promotion and support of the product or service of digital and telecommunication technologies.

c) study and reinforce the procedures of technological innovation at the level of the business or organization, by encountering technology change as a combination of administrative and technological factors based on digital and telecommunication technologies.

d) participate to the organization and administration of a business or an organization with strong technological orientation, emphasizing in digital and telecommunication technologies.

To achieve these goals, the graduate of the Department must employ a combination of managerial, scientific and technological skills, in order to comprehend all the parameters being related both with the manufacturing entrepreneurial practice in the lifecycle of an innovative product or service.

Over the years, both in the Greek and the European level, there has been an ongoing effort to reinforce Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In several relevant surveys, it is acknowledged that one of the major predicaments in Europe and Greece is the delaying integration of the technological innovations to products and services as well as business and organizations, in addition to the great difficulty in taking over innovative entrepreneurial initiatives. Moreover, it has be has been identified that the progression of Research and Development (R & D) in the private and public sectors is minimal. The Technology Management Department aims to contribute at the extent of its potentiality towards the improvement of this situation.

The knowledge of Organization and Administration are being divided in three particular sections which include

a) the prerequisite theoretical knowledge of Organization and Management of Production and Services

b) basic techno-economic knowledge of business as well knowledge relevant with entrepreneurship and innovation, and

c) the Management and Production Technologies in which the emphasis is given to the contribution of emerging technologies

c1) business and organizational administration, succeeded by the extended enterprise and the e-business, and also

c2) the design, production and support of innovative products and services.

The Department concentrates particularly in two new technologies, in particular Digital Systems and Telecommunications. It is inevitable that these technologies not only are the center of the economical and manufacturing activity, but are increasingly being involved in other important aspects of society life such as, education, entertainment, information, health, governance etc. This has resulted in the development of an important infrastructure, which tends to be comparable to similar infrastructures in transportations or in energy production and distribution. This infrastructure constantly evolves and attempts to become as obscure (invisible) as possible and more perceivable (user-friendly) by the end user, having as a superior goal the development of totally human-centred systems, that is systems where the user interface will be integrated in objects of everyday use and the communication with the human will be accomplished in terms of daily activities. This effort has led to

a) a significant increase of vertically organized applications which embody microcomputers, interactions and the application to an integrated system of a special task, and

b) development of complex programmed telecommunications systems which administrate the information interchange and the integration of particular systems in a distribute aggregation.

The survey of Career-Space ?New ICT Curricula for the 21st Century? is typical of the trends within the European Union and Greece. The survey examines the perspectives of labour market by presenting a spectrum of specialities, the existing curricula, by emphasizing the voids that appears in the educational needs of the new specialties. Conclusively, it gives some guidelines for adjustment or development of curricula. Notably, although the study refers to issues of management, innovation and entrepreneurship, it does not designate them with the corresponding preciseness. Based on these guidelines the Technology Management Department lies in the area of IT Networks, with a minor in the areas of IT Systems and IT Electrical Engineering. It is evident that the referred specialties include a significant percentage of management, entrepreneurial and innovation courses, which are not included in the survey of Career?Space.

Research[edit]

Library[edit]

The Library of University of Macedonia is a modern academic library which aims to offer essential educational and reference work, responding to the demands of a dynamically arising academic institute, such as the University of Macedonia.

With the University Senate's no. 13/28/6/01 decision, which approved its internal operation regulation, the Library was from then and on operated as Library and Information Service (L.I.S.), in the level of Management. With the article 16 of the regulatory law on University and Technological Sector in Higher Education, the LIS is renamed Library and Information Center. The Library and Information Center includes 7 organic Departments.

University of Macedonia has created two new departments, the Technology Management Department in Naousa, and the Marketing and Operations Management in Edessa, where the respective departmental Libraries also operate.

University of Macedonia also supports the development and enrichment of the Library of the Experimental School.

Sports and Athletic Activities[edit]

Academic reputation and rankings[edit]

Memberships - Cooperations[edit]

University of Macedonia is currently member of the following associations/organizations:

  • Member of European University Accosiation (EUA)
  • Hellenic Academic Libraries Link (HEAL-Link)
  • EMAS - Green University
  • OLYMPIA - Summer seminars

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°37′31″N 22°57′36″E / 40.6253°N 22.9600°E / 40.6253; 22.9600