Exciting News from Alba

Alba Dean Axarloglou at The Economist’s Athens Gala Dinner

The American College of Greece was honored to be represented at the Athens Gala Dinner ‘The World in 2017’ organized by The Economist.

The event that took place on January 27 at the Athenaeum Intercontinental Hotel, opened with the executive editor of The Economist and editor of The Word in 2017, Daniel Franklin, who presented a brief review of the world in 2016, while a forecast for 2017 followed.

Daniel Franklin welcomed on stage the internationally renowned professor and author, Francis Fukuyama, opposition leader and president of the New Democracy party Kyriakos Mitsotakis, and Dimitris Papadimitriou, Minister of Economy and Development.

Professor Konstantinos Axarloglou, Dean of the Alba Graduate Business School later joined the speakers, along with the COO of Henley & Partners Juerg Steffen, for a lively discussion on business and academia. The panel discussed on major international and economic developments of Greece, each representing their own field.

Top executives, politicians, academics, intellectuals, and many journalists attended the annual event, including: Giannis Mourmouras, Vice Chairman of the National Bank of Greece; Takis Athanasopoulos, Chairman of the Board of IOBE; Dr. David G. Horner, President of The American College of Greece (ACG); Dr. S. Sue Horner, Resident Scholar at Deree; ACG Vice President for Marketing Niki Boutari; Dr. Nikos Travlos; and Alba’s Directors A. Kalkavoura, C. Georgopoulos, and M. Gryllaki.

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Alba recognized for Driving Innovation in Business Education Worldwide

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) recently recognized the innovative activity of ALBA Graduate Business School to support 65 Greek companies with the active involvement of graduate students. On Monday, February 6, at the 2017 Deans Conference, AACSB International, the world’s largest global education network, unveiled 35 innovations that represent critical work being done by business schools to better their communities and society at large.
Alba Graduate Business School was recognized for their submission “Student Consulting Projects for Struggling Businesses” in the category “Engagement with Business.” The overarching concept of this innovation is to match new, small, and medium businesses that have specific needs to a group of students that will undertake a professional consultancy project. Via this project, Alba actively supports vulnerable Greek businesses, helps them overcome challenges created by the financial crisis, and identifies alternatives for growth – all through student consulting projects through which Alba students are taught how to become agents of change.

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The 4th Business Unusual Award

Theodore Vasilakis received the fourth Alba Business Unusual Award at the ceremony that took place at Hotel Grande Bretagne, on Tuesday, March 21, where approximately 290 distinguished guests from various sectors of the business, political, and academic spheres attended.

For the 4th award, Alba decided to focus on the visionary and self-made Greek entrepreneur, honoring Vasilakis who, through his hard work, perseverance, and moral values, has managed to thrive, becoming one of the most respected business people of Greece. Vasilakis embodies the meaning of the self-made entrepreneur in the best possible way by being a person who has proved to have the strength and the vision to do wonders in the entrepreneurial community, in Greece, and internationally.

ACG President Dr. David G. Horner and the Dean of Alba Professor Konstantinos Axarloglou welcomed the attendees, and Nikos Ebeoglou, the Chairman of Alba’s Board of Directors, spoke about Vasilakis’ life, work, contribution, and love for Greece.

The Business Unusual Award was introduced in 2010 to highlight important activities that have a positive impact on the Greek society and economy. The award, offered every two years at a fundraising event, honors exceptional individuals who serve as role models for personal and professional behavior.

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Gold at the Tourism Awards 2017

Alba’s MSc in Tourism Management was awarded the Gold award in the category ‘Education and Connection to the Tourism Industry” at the recent Tourism Awards. The Academic Director of the Program, Dr. E. Baralou, was there to receive the award.

The result reflects both Alba’s commitment to educate the new generation of tourism executives, as well as the constant focus on partnerships, internship opportunities, and of course, the #BusinessUnusual combination of academic rigor and practical know-how!

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Tourism Award

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