The Port of Thessaloniki (ThPA S.A.) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Department of Business Administration of the Management Economics and Social Sciences of the University of West Attica (UNIWA) with the aim of exchanging knowledge and applied best practices.
Initially stemming from the Greek university department’s Postgraduate Program (MSc) “Organisation, Operation, Development and Administration of Ports”, the agreement signed by both parties focuses on the fields of education, consulting, information, exchange of know-how and research, while also forming a framework for joint initiatives.
“The Port of Thessaloniki is a gateway to develop that leverages business opportunities and promotes innovation, sustainability and social responsibility,” stated Athanasios Liagkos, Executive Chairman of the BoD of ThPA S.A.
“The University of West Attica is an important ally in our actions for continuous upgrading and development on multiple levels. The signing of this MoU is a springboard towards new activities, which will create efficient and sustainable practices, with mutual benefits for both sides, the port industry, the economy and society at large.”
The Rector of UNIWA, Professor Panagiotis Kaldis, added “UNIWA, the most developing university in Greece, with a green identity and the emergence of innovations, responds with great pleasure to the educational and research synergy that is developing between ThPA S.A. and the Department of Business Administration of the School of Management, Economics and Social Sciences.”
In February 2021, ThPA S.A. also announced the purchase of two new, specifically designed ship-to-shore (STS) cranes for the Port of Thessaloniki. With a total value of €15.7 million ($19 million), the cranes would work to further increase the ports competitive geographical advantage.