WASHINGTON, DC—The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) hosted 60 students from the University of Piraeus (Athens) in two separate groups, at the Hellenic House on Tuesday, February 6, 2018. The students were in Washington to explore possible career opportunities and professional development in fields of economics and law.
Staff members from the University of Piraeus were also in attendance including: Professor Victoria Economou, Director of Postgraduate Programs, Law and Economics; Aristotle Tziampiris, Chair of the Department of International and European Studies and Director of the MScProgram in Energy: Strategy, Law & Economics; Athanasios Platias, Professor of Strategy, Department of International and European Studies; John A. Paravantis, Associate Professor of Global Politics in Technology, Energy and the Environment; Sofia Tampouri, Career Office Manager; and Sofia Mastrokoukou, Education and Career Counselor.
AHI President Nick Larigakis spoke to the students about AHI's history and its mission. He spoke about the advocacy process in the United States and the role of Greek-Americans in educating their elected officials on policy issues. The students shared their perspectives of the United States, as well as their interest in future career opportunities.
"These students dedicated their time and personal savings to travel to the United States for professional and educational development. It is a significant investment that they undertook, but this trip has the potential to benefit their future success," Larigakis said. "The University of Piraeus has done exceptional work in preparing these students, who represent some of Greece's best. We wish them the greatest success in their futures."