Centre for the Study of the Hellenic Language and Culture (HeLaS)
The main mission of HeLaS is to promote Greek traditions (particularly the local traditions) and to encourage familiarity with the traditions of other countries through teaching and promoting the Greek language and culture. In addition, HeLaS aims to meet educational/research needs related to the development and promotion of Greek culture, both in Greece and abroad. For this reason, HeLaS organizes activities which aim to:
- spread the Greek language and culture and its timeless values;
- encourage intercultural contact of people, showing respect to peoples’ heterogeneity and diversity;
- strengthen and preserve ties with the Greek Diaspora;
- strengthen and enrich teaching practices through psycho-pedagogical, teaching and linguistic seminars for Greek as a foreign language;
- organize meetings and conferences focusing on teaching the Greek language and culture;
- develop teaching material and linguistic manuals for teaching Greek as a second/foreign language;
- run branches of the Centre which aim to teach Greek as a second/foreign language in other regions of Epirus, following the approval of the University of Ioannina Senate and in collaboration with the local authorities.
Lifelong Learning Centre (KEDIVIM)
The Lifelong Learning Centre (KEDIVIM) of the University of Ioannina operates as part of the “Stavros Niarchos” International Centre of Hellenic Culture and Vocational Training (ICHCVT). It carries out continuing education and training programmes both by physical presence and through e-learning.
Accreditation – Distinctions
The KEDIVIM has been certified for its structure and services by the National Organization for the Certification of Qualifications & Vocational Guidance (EOPPEP).
In 2012, the Centre was awarded by the State Scholarships Foundation (IKY) and in 2015 its activities were incorporated in the Academic and Research Excellence Initiative for Higher Education in Greece launched by the Ministry of Education. The KEDIVIM programmes have been distinguished as examples of good practices both at national and European level, by the European Commission.