Search for Greek Community of Melbourne’s Hellenic Chair in Diasporic Studies at the University of Melbourne has begun

The Greek Community of Melbourne’s Hellenic Chair in Diasporic Studies at the University of Melbourne, first announced in the Federal Parliament as part of its 2019-20 budget, has taken the next important step in its establishment by announcing that it is now global is seeking a distinguished academic to be named Chair in the Studies of the Hellenic Global Diaspora.

Importantly, the chairman will also bear the name of the Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM). This is another important step in the further development of the GCM’s educational programs, which now range from Pre-Prep to Tertiary.

The $2.5 million grant obtained by the GCM has been paid directly to the University of Melbourne and the university has in turn put the money into a trust fund. The university also contributes a significant amount of its own to fund the ongoing costs of running and administering the chair.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison with David Coleman, GCM President Bill Papastergiadis and esteemed GCM board members. Photo: Delivered

The GCM thanked the Morrison Government for all its support and efforts to help make the Chair a reality, as well as the University of Melbourne for its willingness to both accept and co-fund the Chair.

It is also important to recognize the efforts of GCM staff and board members who have contributed to the long run. In particular, GCM board members Costas Markos, Bill Papastergiadis OAM and Dr. Nick Dallas, not to mention Professor Nikos Papastergiadis whose tireless efforts, enthusiasm and hard work were crucial in the establishment of the chair.

dr. Nick Dallas is also on the Committee for the Chair at the University of Melbourne.

The Melbourne University Chair complements the work Melbourne’s Greek community has done with many others, including the Archdiocese, in saving and advancing Greek studies at La Trobe University.

Bill Papastergiadis and Spiros Papadopoulos, along with many other members of the community, will continue to serve on La Trobe University’s Greek Studies Board.

Meanwhile, another success has been the settlement with the new building at 272 Russell Stree, which will expand the Greek center’s operations into a cultural hub that will attract young and old alike.

As has been reported for many years, the purchase was primarily funded by the federal and state government to help set up the hub in the city near the Greek center.

More to come.

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