The Port of Thessaloniki (ThPA S.A.) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Hellenic University alongside the German Hellenic Chamber of Industry and Commerce with the aim of sharing their know-how, infrastructure, and capabilities.
The agreement will allow all three organisations the opportunity to co-utilise valuable knowledge, both academic and practical with the prospect of undertaking joint initiatives, planning educational and research programs, and launching new professional synergies in the fields of port development and operation, freight transport and supply chain management.
“Today’s agreement marking our cooperation with the International Hellenic University of Greece and the German Hellenic Chamber of Industry and Commerce is fully inline with our vision for the Port of Thessaloniki as a growth gateway for the economy and society and the main gateway to the south, east, central and Eastern Europe,” said Mr. Athanasios Liagkos, Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of ThPA S.A.
Professor Athanassios Kaissis, President of the International Hellenic University, added “The purpose of the innovative initiative is to promote knowledge in the fields of shipping, port management and intermodal transportation through leveraging the multiple years of experience, know-how and extroversion of the collaborating partners.”
Dr. Athanassios Kelemis, General Manager and Member of the Board of Directors at the German Hellenic Chamber of Industry and Commerce, also commented “The partnership of an academic institution, a powerful business entity and a bilateral entrepreneurship support body, aiming at common investments in higher education, in research, in vocational training and in technical implementations, can bring only positive results, especially when it is orientated to the shipping logistics market.
“The stimulus for this triple partnership was the common interest for the creation of communication channels between the student community, professionals with long experience in logistics and shipping and entrepreneurs with strong investment interest, coming from the biggest economy in Europe, Germany.”
ThPA S.A also recently signed a separate 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.
Announced in September 2021, the agreement initially stemmed from the Greek university department’s postgraduate program (MSc) “Organisation, Operation, Development and Administration of Ports” and focuses on the fields of education, consulting, information, exchange of know-how and research, while also forming a framework for joint initiatives.