The University Ecclesiastical Academy of Thessaloniki (UEATH) is a new higher education institution in Greece founded in 2006. It collaborates with the other Universities, Ecclesiastical Academies, research institutions and foundations in Greece, the EU, eastern Europe, the USA, the Middle East and northern Africa.
The UEATH consists of two programmes of study:
- Programme of Management and Conservation of Ecclesiastical Cultural Heritage Objects
- Programme of Pastoral Studies
The Programme of Management and Conservation of Ecclesiastical Cultural Heritage Objects maintains a high-level vocational and professional approach by adhering to the benchmark standards of the major professional bodies for cultural conservation in the EU. Conservation of cultural heritage objects is a multidisciplinary practice. The well-equipped labs and teaching spaces provide students with a professional working environment. Approximately two-thirds of the students' time is occupied with conservation theory and practice. Professional work placements play an important role in students' development and students are encouraged to undertake work placements during summer recess between the 3rd and 4th year of studies, as well as during the last semester. The Staff is continuously involved in seeking, negotiating and administering placements in Greece and abroad, an objective that fits in well with the Erasmus programme.
The Programme of Pastoral Studies maintains an important role in developing the professional abilities of students to understand theology and practise the different aspects of church as well as non-profit foundation management. During the first two years, students study history of the church, cultural and dogmatic aspects of Christianity, while in the next two years they study Information Technology, Accounting and Management, practising at the same time on different aspects of church services.
At the time being we have an agreement with the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki for second and third cycle studies on conservation and we are currently in negotiations with institutions in the UK, Germany, Romania and Cyprus for common curricula in Theology for first and second cycle studies.
Our policy is to take part in different activities for the cooperation with other european institutions. One of our main objectives is to develop Greek and English language courses within the scope of the Erasmus Programme and continual education policies. The modernization agenda of our institution can only be realized through an extravert attitude and the collaboration with other european academic institutions for the exchange of good practices. We are interested in extending the EU boarders aiming at strengthening our curriculum and attracting students from Russia and the Middle East. We are also planning to apply for the Erasmus Mundus programme for a prospective collaboration with Ecclesiastical Schools of the Russian Patriarchate. Our main target is to systematically integrate learning mobility into the curriculum, eliminate any unnecessary barriers between study cycles and cross-border co-operation and exchanges.