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“Education Unites: From Camp to Campus”

An academic scholarship program for young refugees in Greece

“We are really pleased to work with people who have potential but need some support to see that potential realized in the future.” – President Horner on reviving hope, building a future and empowering refugees through the “Education Unites: From Camp to Campus” program.

The goal of the program is to give opportunities to displaced students to continue their education; provide them with knowledge, skills and academic credits they can use either in Greece or in any other European country they move to in the future; help them get out of the camps and become integrated in local colleges; and offer young refugees hope for the future.

The program is the result of the collaboration between the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Deree – The American College of Greece, the American College of Thessaloniki – Anatolia College, and Perrotis College – American Farm School.

It offers two courses per student for the two semesters (Fall 2017 and Spring 2018) in the three U.S. affiliated colleges in Athens and Thessaloniki. The courses offered include preparatory English classes, academic classes in diverse fields based on the participants’ educational background, as well as vocational training.

During the first week of October, 78 young refugees started their academic studies as part of the “Education Unites: From Camp to Campus” scholarship program.

After reviewing over 400 applications and interviewing dozens of refugees and asylum seekers, the three U.S. affiliated colleges selected the first group of students who began their academic studies. For the first semester of the academic year 2017-2018, 48 students have started classes at Deree, Athens, 14 students at The American College of Thessaloniki, and 16 more students at the Perrotis College in Thessaloniki.

For application and admissions information, please contact:

Deree – The American College of Greece: Kathleen Macdonell, Consultant, tel: 2106009800 (ext. 1511), |

American College of Thessaloniki – Anatolia College: Mona Siksek, Coordinator, tel. 2310 398-346 | email: |

Perrotis College – American Farm School: Ms Penna Leighanne, Education Unites Coordinator, tel. 2310 492-702 | email: |

Deadline for applications: November 24

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Deree Student Christos Gionas-Kontos Chosen to Perform at the National Piano Festival 2017

It is with pride that we announce that our student, Christos Gionas-Kontos, after his audition in July, has been selected to perform at the National Piano Festival 2017. This is the first time that the Festival will take place in Athens, and the melodic sounds of the piano will downpour both stages of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.

The National Piano Festival which will take place on November 18-26 at the Greek National Opera in the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, is an important musical event organized by the Greek National Opera in collaboration with the Thessaloniki Piano Festival.

The festival’s rich program includes two concerts by the Piandaemonium ensemble consisting of six pianos and twelve pianists, five recitals of distinguished soloists with international careers, and concerts by such young artists as Christos.

Christos will perform Prelude in E major, Scriabin’s Fantasie Op.28, 15 Little Variations by N. Skalkotas, and Ballade no.4 by Chopin, on Sunday, November 19 at the Alternative Stage of the Greek National Opera in the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.
About Christos Gionas-Kontos

Christos Gionas-Kontos, born in 1993 in Athens, is a Hellenic American Educational Foundation alumnus, and a graduate of the International Baccalaureate Diploma program. In 2016 he received his Piano Diploma with Distinctions from the Musical Horizons Conservatory accompanied by Betty Gaitanou Barzouka. During his musical studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia, he studied piano with Stephen McIntyre.

Christos has actively participated in several Piano Masterclasses and has won First Prizes at the Unesco Panhellenic Piano Competition in 2016, and the X.O.N. National Piano Competition in 2015, as well as a Third Prize at the Dionysia Trust Piano Competition in 2011. He has given performances at the Greek Contemporary Music Festival 2017 in Chios as well as the Musical Meetings Festival 2017 in Naxos; has also made pianistic appearances at the Michalis Kakogiannis Foundation, the Cultural Foundation of Tinos the Mozarteum Summer Academy, and the Lilian Voudouri Music Library.

Learn more about his upcoming performance here:

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Recycling Event

On Friday, October 27, students, faculty, and staff, gathered at the Deree Main Corridor to put their recycling skills to the test and up their expertise, in a fun atmosphere.

With the International Campus Sustainability Month in full swing – and our new recycling bins placed all around campus – a Waste Reduction and Recycling Campaign has been initiated, with the October 27th Recycling Event being the first in a series of activities and events that will run during the course of this academic year across Pierce, Deree, and Alba.

Seeing the excitement on the faces of members of the entire ACG Community who had come to participate and learn more about recycling, as well as the effort and time they took in order to properly recycle on the spot, was truly inspiring. Besides the interactive recycling exercise, the participants also seized the opportunity to take the ACG Sustainability Pledge and turn these simple actions and behaviors into a daily habit and lead a more environmentally, socially, and economically responsible life. Because ACG Cares!

The activity was organized by the Center of Excellence for Sustainability at the Office of Public Affairs, in collaboration with: the ACG Offices of Operations and Technical Services, the Adjunct Preceptor of Environmental Studies, Maria Vitoraki, the Environmental Studies Program, the Environmental Studies Society, and the Deree Student Government.

For those who could not attend the event, there is a comprehensive list of useful waste reduction and recycling guidelines on the Sustainability@ACG website. And if you want to have some fun while also educating yourself, you can play the ACG Sustainability Game!

Stay tuned for the Waste Reduction and Recycling Campaign future events and similar sustainability initiatives. Get Involved!