Dr Patricia Koromvokis receives honorary plaque from International Summer University of Ioannina

Dr Patricia Koromvokis, Lecturer and Head of the Modern Greek Studies Program at Macquarie University, was awarded on July 14 with an honorary plaque from International Summer University during the 8th International Summer University in Kastellorizo.

Dr Patricia Koromvokis virtually “received” the honorary plaque from the Founder and Academic Director of the International Summer University, Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Ioannina, Nikoletta Tsitsanoudi-Mallidis.

“With this symbolic distinction, we express our gratitude to Dr Patricia Koromvokis, with whom we have been collaborating with unique consistency over the last two years in the co-organisation of the 7th International Summer University in Hydra and the 8th International Summer University in Kastellorizo,” Associate Professor Tsitsanoudi-Mallidis said when presenting the award virtually.

“Dr Koromvokis is the ‘soul’ of this international collaboration between the two universities. She was unable to be here with us physically today, however we really hope that she will be present at the 9th International Summer University next year.

The honorary plaque.

“I would like to express the University’s and the Laboratory’s willingness to continue this successful collaboration not only with the Modern Greek Studies Program of Macquarie University, but also with the Macquarie Greek Studies Foundation. We greatly thank Dr Koromvokis.”

In response, Dr Koromvokis warmly thanked the Associate Professor and the University of Ioannina “for this special honour.”

“This distinction firmly seals our very successful collaboration which has been marked by honesty, integrity and ethos. The huge distance between Australia and Greece could not prevent us from co-organising not one but two International Summer Universities, in Hydra in 2021 and in Kastellorizo ​​in 2022,” Dr Koromvokis added.

“I believe that it is rather symbolic that I am in Australia during this very honorary moment as the outermost Greece in Kastellorizo ​​and the Greek diaspora in Australia are parts of Hellenism that represent the concept of patriotism in its highest expression.”

The volume of the minutes of the 7th International Summer University Greek Language, Culture and Media in Hydra was published in Sydney, Australia this year.

The University of Ioannina, School of Education, Department of Early Childhood Education, and the Department’s Social Issues, Mass Media, and Education Studies Laboratory, in cooperation with the Modern Greek Studies Program of the Department of Media, Communications, Creative Arts, Language and Literature, Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University, and the support of the Macquarie Greek Studies Foundation, in Sydney, Australia, with the participation of The Circle of Hellenic Academics in Boston, and the Boston University Philhellenes in Boston, organised the 8th International Summer University in Kastellorizo on July 10 – 15, 2022, at the Hall for Cultural Events of the island.

The program this year held the special title “Outermost places, language and culture” and was held under the auspices and the support of the General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad and Public Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as the auspices of the Municipality of Megisti.


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