Greek-Australian Society signs historic memorandum with Athens University


The Greek-Australian Society (GAS) has announced that it has signed a historic agreement with the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) and its MBA International Program, following extensive discussions across 2023 and early 2024.

Established in 1920 and located in downtown Athens, AUEB is the premier Economics and Business University in Greece and is the third oldest in the country.

Designed to support educational and professional collaboration between Greek Australians and the University, the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is the first of its kind entered into by GAS and an innovative first between a Greek Australian community organisation and a Greek tertiary institution.

Central to the MoU is AUEB’s English-language MBA International Program, which was established in 1998 and has been globally accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) since 2005, making it one of only three accredited MBAs from a tertiary institution in Greece.

GAS members will benefit from the MoU with exclusive access to AUEB content, including the MBA International Program, beginning with an information session and panel webinar on Tuesday 5 March.

The upcoming webinar will feature AUEB academics Dr. Eric Soderquist, Professor of Innovation & Knowledge Management and Dr. Emmanuel Alexandrakis, Adjunct Professor – Strategic Development and Internationalisation Advisor, MBA International Program, as well as Nick Gonios, Founder of Circulist and Athens-based GAS Mentor.

GAS thanked Nick Gonios, returning GAS Mentor, who was instrumental to the establishment of relations between GAS and AUEB leading to the signing of the MoU.240222-MR01.

“The MBA International of AUEB, the leading MBA Program in Greece, fully taught in English, is thrilled to engage in this partnership with GAS, aiming to advance exchanges and a dialogue around business topics between our two countries, Greece and Australia,” Professor of Innovation & Knowledge Management, Director, MBA International Program, AUEB, Dr Eric Soderquist said.

The Adjunct Professor – Strategic Development and Internationalisation Advisor, MBA International Program, AUEB, Dr Emmanuel Alexandrakis said, “At the MBA International of AUEB, we believe in the power of the Greek Diaspora.”

“We now think it’s time to open academic corridors between Australians of Greek origin and the motherland and show to the Greek Australian Community that Greece can offer world class post-graduate Business Studies, in addition to immemorable cultural experiences,” Dr Alexandrakis said.

The Secretary & Co-Founder of GAS, Mr George Mpliokas said, “GAS is creating a new paradigm for collaboration between Greece and Greek-Australians by signing this Memorandum of Understanding with AUEB.”

Webinar: Innovating Modern Transformation: Why do we need Circulists?

  • Tuesday 5 March 2024
  • Virtual: Exclusive GAS Member link TBC 6:00pm – 7:00pm AEDT / 9:00am – 10:00am GMT+2


  • Dr. Eric Soderquist (Athens): Professor of Innovation & Knowledge Management, MBA International Program at Athens University of Economics and Business
  • Dr. Emmanuel Alexandrakis (Athens): Adjunct Professor – Strategic Development and Internationalisation Advisor, MBA International Program at Athens University of Economics and Business
  • Nick Gonios (Sydney / Athens) Founder at Circulist
  • Peter Dracakis (Brisbane): Vice-President of the Greek-Australian Society


  • George Mpliokas (Sydney): Secretary at The Greek-Australian Society




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