The International Hellenic University (IHU) was established in October 2005 and is based in Thessaloniki. The IHU is Greece’s first public university where programmes are taught exclusively in English. Financed by the European Union and the Greek state, the three central tenets of IHU’s philosophy are academic excellence, practical relevance and international outlook. The university comprises three schools, namely the school of economics, business administration & legal studies, the school of humanities and the school of science and technology. The University specializes in offering postgraduate programmes aimed at international students who are interested in studying in Greece but also at Greek students seeking an international outlook. One of the many programmes is the renowned MA in Black Sea & Eastern Mediterranean Studies.
The national coordinator Dr. Giorgos Antoniou is historian and senior researcher, academic associate and lecturer at IHU. His research interests include the legacy and memory of conflicts in post-conflict societies; the Holocaust in Greece; the study of collective memory; historiography; civil wars; genocides; the Second World War; public history and the role of the media in historiography. He received his PhD in History and Civilization from the European University Institute of Florence (2007). He is a former Research Fellow of the Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah in Paris (2005-2007) and a former visiting lecturer at Yale University (2007-2008). He was also a visiting lecturer at the University of Cyprus (2008-2009).
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Iakovos D. Michailidis, is Associate Professor in Modern and Contemporary History. His interests focus on population movements, the status of minorities and interventions by the world powers in South-Eastern Europe. He is also a member of many Greek and international associations such as the Society for Macedonian History, Centre for Macedonian History and Documentation, Commission of History of International Relations. During the academic year 2012-2013, he was invited as visiting professor at the University of Cyprus.