INTERNATIONAL HELLENIC UNIVERSITY
The International Hellenic University (IHU) has its headquarters in Thessaloniki. It is organized and operates as a university, based on Law 4610/2019 (Government Gazette 70/A'/07-05-2019), consisting of the merger by aquisition of a) the former Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki (TEI of Thessaloniki), b) the former Technological Educational Institute of Central Macedonia (TEI of Central Macedonia) and c) the former Technological Educational Institute of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (TEI of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace) by the International Hellenic University and its transformation .
The main campus is located at two nodes in the city of Thessaloniki and has facilities, educational and administrative, in eight cities. It is the only public university in the country, where Study Programs are also offered in English. There are 7 Schools with 34 Departments in subjects and fields that meet the requirements of a modern university. IHU includes a University Center for International Programs of Studies based in Thessaloniki, aiming to provide higher education in foreign language to Greeks and foreigners with 1st, 2nd and 3rd cycle curricula.
In addition, it has more than 40 institutionalized laboratories and offers more than 50 postgraduate study programs, some of which are cross-curricular or interdisciplinary, 22 of which are offered in English by the above mentioned University Center for International Programs of Studies. There are also many collaborations with universities and research centers in Greece and abroad while memoranda of cooperation have been signed with academic and social bodies, strengthening its position both in the Greek higher education sector and the European one.
The research activity of the university is important and present to all stakeholders, with particular emphasis on national and European financial frameworks. Both active and past research actions include a number of NSRF projects and INTERREG transnational partnerships as well as European frameworks such as HORIZON 2020 and Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions.
Role in the project
Personnel from the Department of Industrial Engineering (former Department of Automotive Engineering) will participate in the project. Being members of a purely automotive technology oriented department, the staff of the Department of Industrial Engineering of IHU involved in the project, are strongly connected with the topics of the curriculum under development. The specific topics in which they will contribute, are those of Electric Vehicle Technology and other relative subjects as well as Automotive Systems and Electric Vehicle Measurement Systems. Participation in the curriculum’s initial setting up, topic material preparation, including trainees’ notes, power point presentations and/or small webinars, traditional lectures or laboratory sessions delivery and tutoring in project based learning will be the role of the training people coming from IHU.
The former Department of Automotive Engineering of IHU was unique in Greece. It was, therefore, equipped with specialised laboratory equipment, that remains and can be used for the preparation of high quality educational material and training through accordingly prepared sessions. Moreover, the laboratory of Electric Vehicles and Automotive Electronics possesses specialised automotive training units as well as small scale self-build electric vehicles, e-bike, e-scooter, e-trikes, e-go kart according to the regulations of FIA for e-karting. These constructions together with the support of the laboratory’s personnel provide an ideal background for developing successful laboratory training sessions as well as implementation of corresponding project based learning approaches. Also, the Automotive Systems topic can be adequately supported as the department possesses a specialised Vehicle Control according to the Greek legislation regulations.