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Chinese culture and language: an on-line introduction

Invitation to attend the free on-line course: 'Chinese culture and language: an on-line introduction'

Want to get closer to the Chinese language & culture? Then you are invited to attend the introductory courses ‘Chinese culture and language: an on-line introduction' at the University of Thessaly during the Spring Semester of the 2020-21 Academic Year.

The University of Thessaly Confucius Institute (UTH CI) was established in 2020, under an agreement between the University of Thessaly and the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban), in co-operation with Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE) in Beijing.   

UTH CI main objectives are:  
to strengthen sinology studies,  
to promote scientific research and academic exchanges and  
to introduce Chinese culture.   

Towards these direction UTH CI engages in various language and culture courses offering useful knowledge for students and professionals. UTH CI aims to serve as a bridge between Greece and China in the domain of education, culture, and business. By bringing together these two great civilizations and historic nations, we support business, local government, and community bodies in developing links with China through language training, cultural awareness, and networking.

At least B1 level of English language knowledge.

05/03/2021 - Brief Introduction to Chinese Language, by YUAN Shaofeng
12/03/2021 - Brief Introduction to Chinese Culture through Q & A (Part 1), by Prof. YUAN Shaofeng
19/03/2021 - Brief Introduction to Chinese Culture through Q & A (Part 2), by Prof. YUAN Shaofeng
26/03/2021 - Looking Back to Different Periods in China, by Prof. WANG Xiaohong
02/04/2021 - Chinese Solar and Lunar Myths, by Dr. WANG Shanshan
09/04/2021 - Chinese Philosophy and Religions, by Prof. WU Xinyun
16/04/2021 - Origin of Chinese Characters: Oracle Bone Script, by Prof. AN Xiaolan
23/04/2021 - Papermaking: An Ancient Craft from China, by Prof. ZHANG Liying
14/05/2021 - Chinese Calligraphy, by Miss ZHOU Hongyuan
21/05/2021 - Traveling to Different Places in China, by Prof. WANG Xiaohong
28/05/2021 - Reform and Opening-Up: How the Chinese Economy Catches Up with the World, by Dr. XU Xiang
04/06/2021 - Chinese Culture in Belt and Road Initiative, by Prof. HUANG Zhenhua
11/06/2021 - Introduction to Chinese Festival-Dragon Boat Festival, by Prof. WANG Xiaohong

For the 1st online lecture register here !
COST: free of charge
Every Friday at 14:00
Location: University of Thessaly Confucius Institute (MS Teams online platform)

Contact Us
The University of Thessaly Confucius Institute
+302421074880 | confucius@uth.gr  


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CSUM2020 is moving Virtual on new dates, 17-19 June 2020

Considering the growing concern over COVID-19 and supporting the need to showcase cutting edge research in the domain of urban mobility and broaden the network of researchers, we are announcing that CSUM2020 is moving to a Virtual Conference.

For more information please visit:

University of Thessaly, Department of Civil Engineering
Traffic, Transportation and Logistics Laboratory - TTLog
Pedion Areos, GR-38334
Volos, Greece
E-mail: infocsum@civ.uth.gr
Conference website http://csum.civ.uth.gr/


Erasmus+ Coding4Girls

According to the EU survey of women active in the ICT sector, out of 1.000 women with a bachelor degree only 29 carry a degree in ICT. This disparity continues at the professional level. According to the same report, only 30% of the approximately 7m individuals working in ICT in Europe are women; they are underrepresented at all levels of the sector, especially in decision making processes. According to the National Center for Education Statistics in the US, women represent just 18% of university graduates in computer science. However, in 1985 37% of computer science majors in the US were female. This demonstrates a decline I women participation in computer science. Professionally, 80% of top-level employees in Silicon Valley are male and only 10% of the technical positions at the same companies are occupied by females.
The reasons that lead women to avoid ICT are not related to competencies and skills. While the PISA report demonstrates that at age 15 girls perform as well as boys in related STEM subjects, girls may feel that ICT is a difficult subject. Girls choose to not follow STEM principles, which lead to engineering and ICT careers, as early as in lower high school under stereotypical perceptions that these careers are not suitable for them. Social perceptions further miss the links between ICT and the societal well-being; this further discourages girls, who wish to feel that their work is socially beneficial, from following ICT careers.  
The Coding4Girls project (http://coding4girls.eu) introduces a learning intervention that aims to engage girls aged 10 – 15 in programming with the objective of encouraging a broader participation of girls in ICT. The project is implemented by the Creative Technologies Learning Lab (http://ctll.e-ce.uth.gr) of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Thessaly. A game-based learning environment has been developed that deploys design thinking principles for fostering innovation and engagement. Game-based learning principles encourage users to explore and experiment hands-on with programming concepts in a virtual world. By exploring the virtual environment users discover and engage with mini games that demonstrate coding elements such as loops, conditionals, variables, statements, sound, movement, parallelism, operators, and events. Once they understand the coding principles, users are challenged to deploy them in coding exercises. For this step the platform is integrated with Snap!. The platform goes a step beyond exploration and encourages group collaboration towards solving jointly owned activities. Deploying the design thinking principles of empathy, ideation, prototyping, and evaluation the platform encourages users to brainstorm through a common digital canvas that they can simultaneously edit to post ideas towards a solution and to review the ideas of others in a process that encourages innovative thinking.
The platform further offers services for educators through which they can structure coding activities in steps through an easy to use web-based interface. The educator activities are transparently integrated into the student virtual learning environment, introducing an easy to use interface for educators to interact with the student virtual environment.
The proposed learning intervention is currently being evaluated with students in Greece, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, and Bulgaria with very positive feedback by both educators and students. The project is funded by the Erasmus+ Program of the EU and runs from 2018 to 2020.


5th Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility (CSUM2020)

The University of Thessaly, Department of Civil Engineering, Traffic, Transportation and Logistics Laboratory – TTLog organizes the 5th Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility – CSUM2020, which will be held in Skiathos Island, Greece on 27 – 29 May 2020.



5th International Staff Training Week 30th March – 3rd April 2020

The University of Thessaly kindly invites you to its 5th International Staff Week from March 30 to April 3, 2020, in Volos, Greece. We will be happy to host a maximum of 25 participants. We highly encourage the staff interested in visiting the UTh and getting acquainted with the way it is run as a public university, to do so within this Erasmus Staff Training Week. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to receive staff apart from those in the Erasmus+ Exchange Programme. In the selection process, priority will be given to partner universities.

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"Experience Exchange Fair" in Varna, Bulgaria – Call for participation

The University of Thessaly, partner in the project "Entrepreneurial Learning Exchange Initiative for Sustainable Hospitality in the Balkan-Mediterranean Region - HELIX", which is part of the European Territorial Cooperation Programs and is co-funded by the European Union and by the National Resources of the countries that participate in them, invites students or business representatives in the field of tourism, hospitality and / or catering to apply for participation in the "Experience Exchange Fair" to be held in Varna, Bulgaria on 19-20 June under the D.6.2.4 "Experience Exchange Fair"


Participation of an Engineer in the iGEM Thessaly 2019 Team

This is happening! The first interdisciplinary team from the University of Thessaly will take part in the iGEM Synthetic Biology International Contest that is held in Boston in November 2019.
In the context of the International Genetically Engineered Machine (IGEM) competition, over 6,000 students of Science, Health Sciences, Engineering, and other fields not related to Bio-Sciences will flock from all over the world to Boston, to present their research projects and compete in the Giant Jamboree. The concept of the competition emerged during MIT's independent activity in 2003 and 2004 and is now the main program of the iGEM Foundation, an independent, nonprofit organization devoted to the advancement of Synthetic Biology and Education.


Washed-Up Sea Turtle Incident

On Sunday, October 28, 2018, a dead sea turtle (Caretta caretta), without obvious trauma, was washed-up in the Alikes sea area of ​​the Municipality of Volos. A team of the Department of Ichthyology and Aquatic Environment rushed to the area to assess the incident under the guidance of Associate Professor Anastasia Komninou (Veterinary School – Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Rescue and Care Center for Marine Cetaceans - ARION). Mrs. Foteini Koutina and Mrs. Vaso Kotsi, members of the Arion Network of Veterinarians, in collaboration with Assistant Prof. Georgios Gafas (Department of Ichthyology & Aquatic Environment) conducted the autopsy and data collection for macroscopic and histological analysis to determine the cause of death.
The photos taken on the spot were by the Ph.D. candidate of the Department of Ichthyology and Aquatic Environment of the University of Thessaly, Mr. Grigoris Karamitros.