Welcome to the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Welcome Message by the Rector of AUTh

The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki has the pleasure to host in its main campus in Thessaloniki, Greece, the BUA 2019 Conference and the 5th Annual Meeting of the Balkan Universities Association (April 16-18, 2019).

The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, founded in 1925, draws its inspiration from the ideas of the Greek scientist and philosopher Aristotle, who established the concepts of nature, learning, and practice, as the pillars of education. Upon entering the campus, the visitor is greeted by the statue of Aristotle, a constant reminder of his philosophical beliefs, underlining that our future ultimately depends on the goals we set.

The goals of academic freedom, service to community, and, above all, the relentless pursuit of knowledge motivated the foundation of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Ever since, for almost a century, the University’s mission is guided by the excellence in scientific research.

In accordance to our vision as an educational institution, we firmly believe that cross-national initiatives in the Southeastern region of Europe are vital in achieving the goal of a new image of the Balkans based on cross-cultural synergies that would promote academic collaboration, scientific research and technological innovation along with sustainable and inclusive growth.

The BUA 2019 Conference aims at providing a high level scholarly platform for discussing extensively these issues. Topics range from Agriculture and Forestry, Sustainable Development and European projects to Quality Assessment and Quality Assurance in Education along with the Impact of Universities in Local and Regional Economies.

The ancient city of Thessaloniki, with its rich history, diverse multicultural heritage, and stunning archaeological monuments, is today a modern and vibrant metropolis that offers numerous choices for cultural visits and entertainment. A captivating destination with its museums, Byzantine churches, Roman and Ottoman sites, restaurants, cafes, and shopping centers set along the bay and in the shadow of Mount Olympus, renders Thessaloniki the ideal environment for our conference.

As Rector of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and President of the Balkan Universities Association, I expect this conference to be a unique gathering of top scholars from our region and we are looking forward to welcoming you all in our home town.

Professor Pericles A. Mitkas