The University of Macedonia was established in its current form in 1990 and is located in Thessaloniki, in Northern Greece. It is a State University under the responsibility of the Ministry of Education. It is a dynamic institution with four faculties consisting of eight undergraduate academic departments covering thirty graduate programs (Master Degrees) in disciplines with a high demand in the labour market. About 16.000 undergraduate and 2.000 graduate students attend courses in the University of Macedonia. They key areas of interest are related to the fields of economics, administration, applied informatics and social and political sciences. The decision making bodies are the senate, the rector and the council. The University of Macedonia employees 241 people as teaching and research staff of various academic levels. Also, the Research Committee employs a number of researcher and scientific staff during the implementation of research projects.
Τhe scientific team of the project belongs the department of Business Administration which is conducting research and educating students on issues of decision making, Business Administration analysis and provide sophisticated and critical theories and techniques to help students achieve the highest quality necessary for managerial and professional careers in the public and private sector.
The University of Macedonia has implemented projects under most of the former Erasmus programmes (Tempus, Life Long Learning and Jean Monnet chairs), former framework (FP7) and Industrial Relations and Social Dialogue programmes as well as many European Territorial Cooperation Programmes. In the present it participates as a coordinator or a beneficiary in projects under the Erasmus+ programme, as well as the Horizon 2020 programme.
Members of the team
Jason Papathanasiou is an Associate Professor at the Department of Business Administration, University of Macedonia, Greece. He holds a PhD in Operational Research and a degree in Physics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has worked for a number of years at various institutes and has organized and participated in a number of international scientific conferences and workshops. He has published papers in international scientific peer referred journals like the Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, Regional Studies, European Journal of Operational Research, PNAS, Fuzzy sets and Systems, and has edited or authored a number of books. He has participated and coordinated many research projects in FP6, FP7, Horizon 2020, Erasmus+, Interreg and COST; he was also a member of the TDP Panel of COST. His research interests include Decision Support Systems, Operational Research and Multicriteria Decision Making.
Georgios Tsaplesis a PhD candidate in the Department of Business Administration. He graduated from the Aristoteleion University of Thessaloniki with a Master’s Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering, with a specialization in the Energy Sector and a focus on the policies of the liberalization of the electricity sector in various countries of the European Union. He holds a Master’s degree (MsC) in Engineering and Policy Analysis from Delft University of Technology, where he was introduced to simulation (especially System Dynamics and Agent-Based Modelling) and Decision Analysis (Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis). He has worked as a Research Fellow at Center for Cyber Intelligence and Information Security of the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, where he was part of the System Dynamics group, working on European projects related to infrastructure security (CRISADMIN,ATTACS).
Anastasia Blouchoutzi is a Research Fellow at the University of Macedonia working on a “Horizon 2020” project, which focuses on Migration and Asylum Crises. She is also in the research team of a project funded by the “Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation” examining the tendencies of diaspora towards Greece. She has considerable research experience in various Greek and EU-funded projects like Erasmus+ and Interreg Europe. She holds a BA in International Studies, an MSc in International Economics and a PhD in Migration Studies. Her research interests include International Migration, Migrant Integration and Labour Economics. She speaks five languages and she has ten years’ experience in project management.