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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 11 March 2017
NEWS 6 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 11 MARCH 2017 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM New MBA scholarship to strengthen Melbourne’s Greek connection Melbourne Business School, home to Australia's first MBA program, has launched a new Hellenic Scholarship to support students living in Greece or Cyprus to study in Australia. Exploring Greek communities around the world The Greek Festival presents a joint lecture by Hellenic Studies Foundation Costa Vertzayias and culture writer Billy Cotsis President of the Hellenic Studies Foundation at the University of New South Wales, Costa Vertzayias, will team up with writer Billy Cotsis to discuss a range of Greek communities around the world including those that became extinct in the last century. The pair will present in- formation based on years of their own research and travels to explore these unique communities. Mr Vertzayias is a practicing lawyer, author and the former President of SAE Oceania. Through his work with SAE, he was able to visit and directly help communities in Europe. This direct contact allowed him to gain an un- derstanding of Greek speakers with a long history. He recently returned from visiting former Greek places in Asia Minor (Turkey) which he is documenting. Mr Vertzayias told Neos Kosmos,"The talk is essentially about surviving Greek communities and ones that became extinct in the twentieth century: Magna Graecia, Spain, Corsica, Syria, Pontus, Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria, FYROM." Neos Kosmos' own Billy Cotsis, director of the film Lesvos: Fall in Love and a writer focusing on Greek communities, agreed that it made sense that two people who have travelled extensively to these commu- nities should share their stories. "I actually read Costa's book on Magna Graecia around 2000," Cotsis explained. "Two years later, I took the book with me and met just about everyone in that book. This book enabled me to realise the extent of Greek culture and history is not merely confined to the Balkans, it goes far and wide. Hellenes founded hundreds of colonies and territories in the Mediterranean, Black Sea, Africa and Asia." A number of these communities survive, with many inhabitants speaking a dialect of Greek and maintaining differing aspects of Hellenic culture. The lecture will provide an overview of the key communities that survived and those that essentially became extinct last century. ‘Surviving and Extinct Greek Communities Worldwide’ takes place on Wednesday 22 March at 7.00 pm at the Greek Community Club, 206210 Lakemba Street, Lakemba, NSW. Bookings are essential for this free lecture. Phone (02) 9750 0440 or go to www.greekfestivalofsydney.com.au. Billy Cotsis’ latest book is From Pyrrhus to Cyprus: Forgotten and Remembered Hellenic Kingdoms, territories, entities and a fiefdom. The Greek Australian Cultural League literary competition returns for 2017 The Greek Australian Cultural League (GACL) literary competition is now an established annual event in the cultural and literary scene of the Greek community in Australia. It includes works written in Greek or English, by writers of all ages residing in Australia, and accepts submissions in poetry, short story, and one-act theatrical play categories. Participants may submit one entry in one or all the categories for both languages, however, the adjudication will be separate for each lan- guage. All submissions should be the original work(s) of the authors and should not have been submitted in another competition or previously published. Entries should be signed by a pseudonym (nom de plume) and the same pseudonym is to be used in signing all the entries submitted by the same person. Works that do not comply with the limits of content as described in the Cultural League’s website will be automatically rejected and will not be forwarded to the judg- ing panel. Winning entries in each category and language will be published at the launch of the 63rd issue of the annual bilingual periodical Antipodes and the results will be announced on Sunday 15 October at the Panarcadian Association O Kolokotronis. The first prize in each category and in each language will be a commemorative certificate and a monetary prize. Second and third prizes including commendations will be a relevant award certificate and books. Participants are required to complete a registration form which can be downloaded from the GACL website www.gacl. com.au and should be emailed by Friday 14 July to firstname.lastname@example.org Additionally, in a separate text sent to the same email address, participants are required to forward their particulars, including pseudonym, full name, address and telephone numbers as well as the number of verses in their poems and number of words in their short stories. Poem can be 100 verses (lines), short stories 2000 words, and one-act plays shouldn't exceed 15 minutes duration. Melbourne Business School's Director of Corporate Relations and Partnerships, Alex Christou, said the new Hellenic Scholarship would provide financial assistance to candidates who meet the requirements of entry into the School's full-time MBA program. "Melbourne is home to the world's largest Greekspeaking community outside of Europe, who contribute greatly to our city's economy, culture, and community. "The Melbourne Business School Hellenic Scholarship will further strengthen these ties between Melbourne and Greece, by providing opportunities for Greek MBA candidates to study in one of the world's top 10 MBA programs," Mr Christou explained. Meanwhile, Melbourne Business School's fulltime MBA program was ranked ninth in the Bloomberg Businessweek Best International Business Schools 2016 ranking. The scholarship was created in a collaboration between Melbourne Business School, the Greek Community of Melbourne, and the Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HACCI). "Together with the Greek business community this scholarship will help talented individuals acquire the skills to make them highly desirable in any workplace around the world. "As a non-profit provider of business education, our donors are essential to achieving our mission of enabling individuals and organisations to be global leaders through the creation, application, and dissemination of business and economics knowledge," Mr Christou added. Bill Papastergiadis, President of the Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria, stressed the importance of supporting "those most talented in Greece" with the opportunity to realise their full potential by completing a reputable and world-class MBA program such as that being offered by Melbourne Business School. "We will work with the community to provide the worthy recipients of the scholarship accommodation and support for the duration of the program whilst in Melbourne," he said. Chair of the Board for HACCI, Georgegina Poulos, agreed that this opportunity has come at a critical point where many of the most gifted individuals in Greece have very few employment prospects and that the MBA program will build on their previous studies and work experience whilst opening up new employment opportunities. Funding for the scholarship was provided by anonymous donors to the School, and Alex Christou thanked the donors for their support. For further details visit mbs.edu/hellenicscholarship Alex Christou and Bill Papastergiadis.
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