The presentation of the results of the cooperation between the National Kapodistrian University of Athens (EKPA) and the Committee “Greece 2021” took place on Tuesday in the Great Hall of the University of Athens.
The Rector of EKPA, Meletis-Athanasios Dimopoulos, in his speech stressed that the two bodies in their cooperation, drew inspiration from the 200 years of Greek independence and wanted to show the importance and role of public higher education and especially EKPA, . the oldest university in the country, in the development and progress of the country.
At the same time, Mr. Dimopoulos noted that the ties between EKPA and the Commission “Greece 2021” are close and inseparable, as many of the members of the committee belong to the scientific community of EKPA. He also stressed that all actions were dedicated to the highest level of education and at the same time to raise awareness and information of the new generation.
The symbolism of cooperation
“The search for ways of synergy with EKPA was out of the question for the committee. The participation of EKPA in the program coordinated by the committee, in addition to the respective practice of value, had a symbolism: The university institution that is almost the same age as the Greek state, all these years with its work participated decisively in shaping of identity. of our people. This university is also present on this symbolic anniversary “, the chairman of the committee, Gianna Angelopoulou, emphasized in her speech.
Then, Ms. Angelopoulou proceeded to a small report of the activities of the Commission “Greece 2021” emphasizing that the goal was “with respect to our history, to highlight our country, to honor our people and to define our future . “Despite the adversity caused by the pandemic, we have proven, and I say this out of knowledge, consistent in our commitment.”
In addition, Ms. Angelopoulou stated that the collaborations with EKPA are a special honor for the committee and thanked the rector and the professors of the university.
The associate professor of the Department of History and Archeology of the School of Philosophy, Evangelos Karamanolakis, presented the two actions in which EKPA and the Committee “Greece 2021” collaborated. The first action is the 6th Student Competition for students of secondary education (high school) with the theme: “1821-2021: From the Struggle for Independence to the cultivation of knowledge. The University of Athens in the newly formed state “. In the competition, the students were invited, as Mr. Karamanolakis said, to choose items from the rich legacy of the University of Athens, related to the celebration of the Revolution, but also to its memory and study. The purpose of the competition, as Mr. Karamanolakis said, is to connect the idea of independence and freedom with the idea of education. The committee supported the action by awarding prizes to students and their schools. The action was scheduled to be completed by the end of the year, but due to the pandemic it was extended until April 2022.
The second action presented by Mr. Karamanolakis that took place under the auspices and with the help of the Commission “Greece 2021” was the digital hub called “EKPA e stories”. A new website of the University of Athens for the promotion and promotion of its cultural heritage and long history. The website consists of six sections. The first contains important parts of the history of EKPA that the visitor can study. The second is an interactive 3D timeline. The third section is a map that contains all the buildings of EKPA in Athens. The fourth section contains the cultural heritage of EKPA and contains presentations of its museums, its historical archive and its libraries. In the fifth section, the visitor can interactively tour the Propylaea. The sixth action of the website contains all the current actions of EKPA, while it also hosts periodic digital exhibitions.
For his part, the Vice Rector of EKPA, Emeritus Professor of the School of Sciences, Thomas Sfikopoulos, stressed that the platform “EKPA e stories” is a modern digital project of Athens to promote and promote . its cultural heritage, the emergence of its history of 184 years and its role as the first university institution of the newly formed Greek state. “This effort is part of the general policy of the institution for the digitization of its architectural heritage and all university museums and their exhibits, which are valuable evidence for the history of university education in Greece.”
The event closed with the awarding of an honorary plaque to the chairman of the Committee “Greece 2021”, by the rector of the University of Athens.