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The Postgraduate Program has three examination periods: the examination period of January – February; the examination period of June; and the examination period of September. An examination period shall not extend over three weeks. The dates that said periods start and end are decided by the Special Interdepartmental Committee within the framework of the annual planning of the Postgraduate Program.

All subjects shall be examined at a final examination held at the end of the term during which said subject was taught.

A student is considered to have passed a subject if on a scale of 0 to 10 the student’s overall mark is equal to or higher than 5.

If a student fails an exam they can retake the exam during the re-sit examination period in September of the same year. If a student fails one subject in the re-sit examination period they can request retaking that subject at an exceptional examination. If a student fails two or three subjects then the student shall be obliged to register again for those subjects and attend the lectures during the respective terms of the next academic year. In this case, the postgraduate student shall not be obliged to pay additional fees. If a student fails four or more subjects during the re-sit examination period of September they shall be required to withdraw from the Postgraduate Program.

The overall mark, as well as any prior assessment of students, is the result of oral and/or written and/or practical examinations and/or of the entire progress and participation of students in the educational process. Special attention is paid to presentations of essays on special issues which aim at helping students become aware of their knowledge and promoting their critical ability and scientific thinking. Essays presented during a term must be submitted for assessment prior to the end of the term during which the respective subject was taught. Otherwise, the supervising Professor shall be entitled to decide whether an essay shall be accepted for assessment during the examination period of September or whether a different way of examination is to be determined.

Professors are solely responsible to determine the means and processes for the assessment of students in their classes.

Cheating during the examinations either by cooperating with one another of by using any methods for the interception of examination material is prohibited. If an examination supervisor or a Professor realises any case of interception, the responsible postgraduate student shall be required to withdraw from the Postgraduate Program. The same applies also in case of academic misconduct, i.e. plagiarism or bought essays or theses.

 

Studies

Educational Process

Each subject represents three (3) teaching units and three (3) teaching hours per week.

Class attendance is compulsory. The same applies also to other educational and research activities, as these are defined in this Regulation and specified by the Professor of each subject.

If a free-choice subject is chosen only by 1 or 2 students, then the subject will not be taught during that term. The students will be called, within a predefined period of time, to choose any of the other subjects in order to meet the minimum number of subjects and units of this category.

In case of disease or other serious impediment, postgraduate students are entitled to have excused absences exceeding 30% of the total hours that a subject was taught during a term. In this case students are required to produce all necessary evidence. Absences exceeding 50% of the total teaching hours of a subject cannot be excused and the student shall be obliged to attend the subject during the respective term of the next academic year. Upon application of the interested party, the Special Interdepartmental Committee shall be called to decide on the aforementioned issues.

The teaching and examination material, the literature and way of examination of each subject are determined exclusively by the Professor, who is responsible for that subject.

The schedule of lectures and the description of each subject shall be announced in due time by the Secretariat following a consultation with the professors.

The Special Interdepartmental Committee can decide to accredit the teaching units of any other Postgraduate Programs of the University of the Aegean or of any cooperating Higher Educational Institution.

Students can complete the study programme and be considered Postgraduate Program graduates after having completed three full terms since their enrolment at the Postgraduate Program.

Thesis

Writing up a thesis on a topic approved by the supervising Professor is a basic condition for the completion of the postgraduate studies at the Postgraduate Program. The topic of said thesis must be related to the cognitive field of the studies.

The Special Interdepartmental Committee appoints as a Supervisor of the Thesis a member of the Teaching Staff or a member of the Institution’s Scientific Staff. For the assessment of the postgraduate thesis a three-member committee is appointed, which is comprised of the supervisor and two members of the teaching staff or the scientific staff; all of them must be PhD holders. The members of the committee must have the same or a similar scientific specialisation as the cognitive object of the programme.

The thesis represents six (6) teaching units and is written during the 3rd term of studies. It is regarded as a compulsory term subject, with the difference that its completion can be extended by one more term. Students who fail to comply with the above shall be required to withdraw from the Postgraduate Program.

At the end of the 3rd term, the thesis is presented before the three-member committee.

The thesis and its abstract (in Greek and English) must be submitted to the Secretariat of the Postgraduate Program in electronic form (CD) and to the Library (in Chios) in both electronic form (CD) and in hard copy (in duplicate).

Degree Mark

The degree mark is calculated as the weighted average mark of all marks obtained by a student in all subjects considered necessary for the completion of the studies that the student has passed.

The studies at the Interdepartmetal of the Postgraduate Program  are finished upon successful completion of the subjects (attendance and examination as stated above). The student must have at least 48 teaching units (T.U.) or 90 credits (ECTS) analysed as follows:

  • 36 T.U. or 54 credits from compulsory subjects;
  • 6 T.U. or 6 credits from free choice subjects;
  • 6 T.U. or 30 credits from the thesis.

Degree marks are followed by the classifications mentioned below:

  • Excellent, degree marks from 8.50 to 10.00
  • Very Good, degree marks from 6.50 up to 8.50 (8.50 not included)
  • Good, degree marks from 5.00 up to 6.50 (6.50 not included)

A successful completion of studies leads to the awarding of a degree certificate. Degrees are awarded in terms of a special ceremony called “oath of the graduates” held after the examination periods at a date specified by the Dean's Council of the University. The “oath” is an official statement-declaration made by graduates before the Dean, the Chairman of the Department and their colleagues. It is a student affirmation that they shall be devoted to their science and to the principles taught at the Institution.

The text established for such oaths is written in modern Greek and reads as follows: “The Interdepartmental Postgraduate Study Programme in “Tourism Planning, Management and Policy” operating under the auspices of the Departments of Business Administration, Environment, Social Anthropology, and History of Geography, honours me, under consent of the Dean, with this ceremony for its graduating students, who have successfully completed their studies, and I declare in public that: from now on, as a holder of the Specialist Postgraduate Degree of the University of the Aegean, I shall make all possible efforts to promote my science with due diligence, morals and free spirit. I shall pursue and defend scientific truth and shall work for the progress of our society to render myself useful to the Nation and the State”.

The oath-taking is a prerequisite for giving out a Degree Award Certificate. In order to participate in the graduation ceremony students must submit an application along with a certificate from the library stating that all obligations of the student to the library have been settled and a certificate stating that all financial obligations of the student to the University have been settled (e.g. residence fees). Until the graduation ceremony takes place, graduates are eligible for a transcript and a special certificate stating that they completed their studies. Both documents are given out by the Secretariat upon relevant application of a student.

Collaborating Departments

The departments collaborating for the Interdepartmental Program of Postgraduate Studies are the following:

Department of Business Administration

The Department of Business Administration first offered undergraduate studies during the academic year 1985-86. Gradually the department developed various educational forms and innovations unknown to the Greek academic reality. Examples of the above educational forms and innovations introduced by the Department of Business Administration are the Study Counselling (1985), the Summer Practical Training of students (1986), the Association Committee to promote university-enterprise relationship (1990), the educational visits of students to enterprises in Greece and abroad and the organisation of weekly lectures held by senior officers of various corporations. Among other goals of the research activities of the Department of Business Administration is creating new knowledge that can be used to improve the social and economic environment of regions other than the capital of Greece and to modernise the enterprises engaging in said regions. In the past few years, the Department has experienced a dynamic development and now it has the following laboratories: “Quantitative Methods”, “Tourism Research and Studies”, “Application of New Informatics and Communication Technologies in Polymorphic Distance Learning and Training”, “Logistics and Modelling of Enterprise Systems”, two Postgraduate Study Programmes and an important number of undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Department of Environment

The Department of Environment admitted its first postgraduate students, graduates of other Greek academic institutions, in 1986. In 1987 the first undergraduate students were admitted. In the years to follow, the department developed rapidly, had an increasing number of admitted students and graduates and an expanding logistical infrastructure. The Department of Environment is the only department of a Greek Higher Academic Institution, the educational and research object of which is the environment in its entirety. The seat of the department is in Mytilene, it offers an innovative educational and research work, which involves both the area of the Aegean Sea and the rest of the country. At the same time, it aims at operating as a dynamic cultural and spiritual factor to bridge the isolation of the islands in the Aegean Sea and to act as a lever of development.

Department of Social Anthropology and History

The Department of Social Anthropology and History, which supports multidimensional interscientific approaches for the study of social, historical and cultural aspects of human life, admitted its first postgraduate students during the academic year 1987-88; during the academic year 1988-89 it admitted its first undergraduate students. The Department’s two-year Postgraduate Study Programme “Social and Historical Anthropology” deals with the interscientific study of modern and historical societies and cultural systems and awards a Specialist Postgraduate Degree in two specialties: anthropological and historical. Furthermore, the Department offers also a Postgraduate Study Programme called “Women and Genders: Anthropological and Historical Approaches”, which deals with gender study as an analytical tool for a thorough understanding of issues related to politics, economy, health, education, language and art.

Department of Geography

The Department of Geography of the University of the Aegean operates in the town of Mytilene, on the island of Lesvos. It is the first Department of Geography in Greece. It was established in 1989 and commenced its operation during the academic year 1994 – 1995.  The objective of the Department is to offer an integrated programme of undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Geography that keeps up with and considers the international developments in this scientific field, while meeting the demands and taking into account both the particularities related to the study of spatial issues in Greece and the role of Greece in the Mediterranean and Europe. The Department of Geography offers a full Programme of Undergraduate Studies that is constantly adapted to meet the scientific and professional demands of the field. In 2005 the Department established the Postgraduate Study Programme “Geography and Applied Geoinformatics”, which operates until today, while the Department also participates in the Interdepartmental Postgraduate Programs “Management of Coastal Regions" and “Tourism Planning, Management and Policy”. The Department also offers a Doctoral Study Programme in Geography. The Department of Geography houses a range of well-organised laboratories supporting the teaching and research. The educational laboratories are the following: Geoinformatics Laboratory, Physical Geography Laboratory, and Human Geography and Spatial Planning Laboratory.

 

Department

The educational goals achieved through this Postgraduate Study Programme expand throughout the entire range of the fields that comprise the basic knowledge of the sciences involved in Tourism Planning, Tourism Management and Tourism Policy, thus offering high-quality lessons. For the above purpose, we have adopted student-oriented systems, active teaching methods, evaluation methods of the educational process and actions to interrelate the teaching processes with the tourism product and consumption as well as with the tourism research.

The Postgraduate Study Programme “Tourism Planning, Management and Policy” is characterised by consistency and functionality and is based on the finding that some enterprises express the needs of a society and face constantly new challenges when attempting to plan and implement their activities. Said challenges are directly related to the professional goals of the graduates and the impact of the gradual market integration during the past decades.

The challenge faced by a Postgraduate Study Programme is to maintain a balance between the traditional values of management, the newly developed ideas and any future changes. This renders it necessary to introduce methods to monitor and evaluate the study programme to ensure that it meets the demands of modern society.

 

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