The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki opened the Russian Language and Culture Department. It was organized a few months ago with the support of the Ivan Savvidis Charity Foundation.
In 2016, the university and the Ivan Savvidis Charity Foundation signed a memorandum of cooperation which saw, among other things, the launch of the new department.
Russian history and culture outreach, and teaching Russian as a foreign language are the main objectives of the new department. Aside from that, various activities of scientific and humanitarian nature are planned at the base of this university.
Consul General of the Russian Federation in Thessaloniki, Alexander Scherbakov; Greek Deputy Minister of Education and Science, Konstantinos Zuraris, and the best Russian and Greek Universities representatives were present at the official opening ceremony on October, 5th.
Aside from the Russian Language and Culture Department, University of Thessaloniki is going to open a Pontic studies department.