Από το Harvard στο πανεπιστήμιο Columbia ο Γιώργος Παπανδρέου

 Ο Γ. Παπανδρέου θα ξεκινήσει νέο κύκλο σεμιναρίων με θέμα την »Ευρωπαική Οικονομική και Ελληνική  Κρίση», και αυτήν την φορά από το Ηarvard της Βοστώνης θα βρεθεί στην Νέα Υόρκη στο Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.  Δείτε το δελτίο τύπου του πανεπιστημίου που επιδιώκει να διαφωτίσει τους φοιτητές του με όλες τις πτυχές της περιόδου της μεγαλύτερης οικονομικής κρίσης ύστερα από την εποχή του »the Great Depression»6755-greek-prime-minister-george-papandreou

Dean Robert Lieberman announced today that  George Papandreou, former prime minister of Greece, will teach a seminar at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in the spring 2013 semester.

“It’s a great privilege to welcome George Papandreou to our community as a SIPA Global Fellow,” said Lieberman. “Greece today is a living laboratory for some of the key global public policy challenges of our time — including economic policy, social policy, and more — and I know our students and faculty look forward to learning about decision-making at the very highest level.”

Papandreou’s seminar course will focus on the European financial crises of recent years. The former prime minister has also been invited to speak to the SIPA community at large.

“It is an honor for me to join and contribute to such timely discussions at SIPA,” said Papandreou. “This is a critical juncture, not only for Greece and Europe, but for the developed world at large. New ideas and shared perspectives are critical as we face mounting economic, environmental and democratic challenges on a global level.”

George A. Papandreou served as prime minister from October 2009 to November 2011. He was selected as one of Foreign Policy magazine’s Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2010 for “making the best of Greece’s worst year.” He previously held government posts including undersecretary of culture, minister of education, and, from 1999 to 2004, foreign minister. As leader of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement political party, or PASOK, from January 2004 to March 2012, Papandreou launched radical reforms of the Greek party political system.

“George Papandreou has been a leader in challenging times,” said Provost John Coatsworth.  “He brings to Columbia and SIPA a wealth of knowledge and experience from more than 30 years as a policymaker in Greece, as a major participant in the development of the European Union and its evolving institutions, and as a thoughtful commentator on a wide range of global public policy issues.  I am confident his presence will be of great value to our community.”

Papandreou has received several honors for his work to promote peace and democracy and to fight racism — efforts highlighted by his successful campaign, as foreign minister, to engineer a rapprochement between Greece and Turkey. He is vice chairperson of the International Olympic Truce Foundation, an institution he actively promoted when the city of Athens was awarded the 2004 Olympic Games. An active supporter of the information society and e-democracy, Papandreou was selected in 2003 as one of the “25 People Who Are Changing the World of Internet Politics.”

He graduated from Amherst College and holds an MSc in Sociology and Development from the London School of Economics. Papandreou was a fellow at Harvard University’s Center for International Affairs in 1992-93 and a visiting fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics in fall 2012.

First elected to parliament in 1981, Papandreou remains an MP today. He has also served as president of Socialist International, an international coalition of like-minded political parties, since his unanimous election in January 2006.

“We’re pleased to give our students access to the insights of such a highly sought-after figure as George Papandreou,” Lieberman added. “There was considerable demand to participate in his informal study group at Harvard last fall and I expect his course at Columbia SIPA will be equally popular.”

Columbia University and SIPA are honored to welcome numerous international leaders to campus each year. Among the former heads of state or government who have received instructional appointments at SIPA are President Mary Robinson of Ireland and Prime Minister Gordon Bajnai of Hungary. In recent years, SIPA has also welcomed distinguished figures including Kofi Annan, a former secretary-general of the United Nations, and Alfred Gusenbauer, a former chancellor of Austria, as lecturing Global Fellows.

About the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA):

SIPA’s mission is to empower people to serve the global public interest. Our goal is to foster economic growth, sustainable development, social progress, and democratic governance by educating public policy professionals, producing policy-related research, and conveying the results to the world. Based in New York City, with a student body that is 50 percent international and educational partners in cities around the world, SIPA is the most global of public policy schools. For more information, please visit www.sipa.columbia.edu.

 About Columbia University:

A leading academic and research university, Columbia continually seeks to advance the frontiers of knowledge and to foster a campus community deeply engaged in understanding and addressing the complex global issues of our time. Columbia’s extensive public service initiatives, cultural collaborations, and community partnerships help define the University’s underlying values and mission to educate students to be both leading scholars and informed, engaged citizens. Founded in 1754 as King’s College, Columbia University in the City of New York is the fifth oldest institution of higher learning in the United States



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