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EDUCATION, RESEARCH & INNOVATION


UPDATING AND DISSEMINATING THE 17 UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

"EARTH 2030" Educational Suitcase: The Educational Suitcase is an interactive game created by specialized teachers, which contains educational material in order to raise students' awareness of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. In 2019 the suitcase "traveled" to the European School and the Kestekideio Greek School in Brussels, as well as to the Donoussa High School. In 2020, 2 suitcases will "travel" to Primary and Secondary Schools throughout Greece. Based on the curriculum of each class and the maturity of each age, each school can divide the Goals into different classes, because the "EARTH 2030" educational material proposes activities for all educational levels.

More information is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ls0oR1pFHV8
 

Student Competition: Collaboration with AGONI GRAMMI GONIMI, in the context of the "Energy for life… travels" program for the organization of a student competition on the topic of "Developing an action that combines one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, based on innovation and the applicability of the idea in everyday life". The first place was won by the "BRIDGE… POETS" team, consisting of 9 students of the first grade of High School at the 4th General Integrated High School of Arta, which worked on Goal 11 "Sustainable Cities and Communities" and presented its ideas for the Arachthos River. The prize for the winning team was a three-day trip to Brussels, the capital of Belgium and the administrative center of the European Union, where students and their teachers visited the city's monuments and sights, the European Parliament and the headquarters of the European Union.

 

“HELPEforGlobalGoals” Program: Collaboration with AIESEC Greece, offering 42 scholarships to young people aged 19 to 28 years, with the aim of communicating and disseminating the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. In 2019, 27 scholarships were given to students to gain significant intercultural experience through 2 months of voluntary work at NGOs abroad, 9 scholarships to students to gain professional experience through internships in foreign companies, and 6 scholarships to students to gain expertise and professional experience working for 3 months in a start-up company (Start-up Unicorn Project) in Egypt.

• Scholarships for postgraduate studies abroad: Scholarships to excellent students from all over Greece for postgraduate studies at internationally renowned Universities abroad specializing in the fields of Engineering & Energy, Economics & Management, and Science. The program is being implemented for the 7th consecutive year and a total of 62 scholarships have been awarded.

• Scholarships for postgraduate studies in Greece: Collaborations with Greek Universities for postgraduate studies, doctoral studies and postdoctoral research from the academic year 2017-18 to 2022-23 (University of Piraeus, Technical University of Crete, Athens University of Economics and Business, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Democritus University of Thrace etc.). So far, various memoranda of cooperation have been signed, creating more than 188 annual scholarships.

• Internship program: Employment opportunities in the Group for university students and young excellent graduates.

• Awards for newly admitted students in universities and technical colleges: Awards for students from the neighboring Municipalities of Thriasio and W. Thessaloniki for their successful entry to higher education. The program took place this year for the 12th consecutive year and 3,491 students have been awarded to date.

• Support for STEM experiential education: Creation of modern science laboratories, which contribute to the improvement of the learning process and give new stimuli to students. To date, a total of 40 school units in the neighboring municipalities of Thriasio and W. Thessaloniki have been equipped with scientific and electronic equipment, as well as in the areas of Rodopi, Thesprotia, Preveza and Kefalonia, in collaboration with the Bodosaki Foundation.

• “Mentoring the new generation” program: In collaboration with “Tipping Point”, 37 group sessions were held in which 671 students from 5 public schools in Rhodes, Filippiada, Pyrgos, Athens and Patras participated. They had the opportunity to chat through live video with people - role models (mentors), in order to be informed about their academic choices and professional fields of interest. Executives of the Group attended the program as mentors, sharing their knowledge and experiences from their profession.

• The Earthquake Suitcase: An integrated educational system to inform and familiarize children with the phenomenon of earthquakes was designed by the Department of Geology and Geoenvironment of the University of Athens. Through the "Energy for life… travels" program, it enables students all over Greece to be informed in an experiential manner. The Earthquake Suitcase includes interactive toys, an experiential earthquake simulation experience in a seismic bank, an accelerometer, books, leaflets and an emergency backpack.

• Support for Innovation-Entrepreneurship and Student Competitions: Support for the "Virtual Enterprise" program of the Youth Entrepreneurship Association, where the 1st Vocational High School of Aspropyrgos and the 1st General High School of Elefsina participated, as well as for student competitions such as the EUSO Pan-Hellenic Competition, the “Robocup” robotics competition, and the 25th ECONOMIA Student Competition etc.

• Donation of equipment to schools and libraries: Donation of books, desktops, chalkboards and air conditioners to schools, as well as donation of books to libraries.