Article by Christos Giannopoulos on the Symposium organized by the Center for Hellenic Studies of Harvard University and the IOA (July 2013) / 4th IOA Journal (October 2013 issue)
Subject: The 2nd International Symposium "Sports, Society and Culture"
"The International Olympic Academy, in cooperation with Harvard's Center for Hellenic Studies (CHS), organized the Second International Symposium on "Sports and Politics" in Ancient Olympia, on July 16-19, 2013. Like last year, the Symposium hosted scholars from around the world and brought together more than a hundred students and professors from Greek and American Universities.
The 2013 Symposium was meant as a dialogue between "Ancient and Modern Perspectives."
In the evenings, all conference participants were divided into smaller workshop groups, which developed the themes of the lectures, broadened the thematic components of the Symposium, and drew connections with contemporary issues. The Symposium ended with closing remarks by Professors Gregory Nagy, on behalf of the Center for Hellenic Studies, and Dionyssis Gangas, on behalf of the International Olympic Academy.
The International Olympic Academy and the Center for Hellenic Studies are constantly working together in order to improve the academic and cultural components of the Symposium. The next step in this direction is the development of a core curriculum that will make this Symposium into a complete educational program for all participants, students and professors."
Article by Prof. Stelios Perrakis (Panteion University) on the Intensive Programme organized at the IOA premises (September 2013) / 4th IOA Journal (October 2013 issue).
Subject: The Intensive Program for the Civil protection and the humanitarian action in the EU
"Panteion University through the European Education and Research Centre on Human Rights and Humanitarian Action and the support of UNESCO chairs on "Democracy, Human Rights and Peace" and Jean Monnet "Democracy and Human Rights in the EU", organized in the facilities of the International Olympic Academy in Ancient Olympia from August 29 to September 11, a Summer School in the form of an intensive program on "Civil Protection and Humanitarian Action in the European Union".
Thirty-one post-graduate students participated in the Intensive Program and three observers from the partner-universities attended lectures delivered by ten professors and experts among whom was the European MP, Marilena Koppa. Moreover, during the Summer School, participants conducted a series of interactive and practical simulations on subjects related to international humanitarian law, humanitarian action and civil protection in the EU, negotiations, as well as medical issues such as Public Health and handling of immigrant and refugee issues combined with human rights at times of crisis."
Extract from the article of Prof. Benoît Séguin (School of Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa, Canada), teaching professor at the Master's Degree Programme in Olympic Studies organized by the University of Peloponnese and the IOA since 2009 / 3rd IOA Journal, April 2013 issue.
Subject: Personal experience in the Master's Degree on Olympic Studies
"The Master's on Olympic Studies programme provides students from around the world an exceptional opportunity to study various aspects of the Olympic Movement in one of a kind environment. Indeed, by its location in Ancient Olympia, the IOA offers a real University campus overlooking the site of the Ancient Olympic Games. This is like nothing else in the world.
Students are being offered an exceptional educational experience in an environment that is conducive to learning and sharing...
By being on the IOA campus for one or two weeks at a time, it is possible for professors to get to know the students on a personal level and assist them with their studies. To me, this is the most enjoyable part of teaching in this programme. The time spent in the classroom serves as a springboard to involve students further. Consequently, discussion on certain topics continues far beyond the classroom. It goes on in the cafeteria, at the library, on a walk to Olympia, or even by the pool! For some, it continues long after leaving Olympia as they work on these projects."