02 November, 2005
The official announcement of the start of operation of the "Constantine Mitsotakis" Greek Studies Chair took place at Stanford University in California on Monday in the presence of former prime minister and ruling New Democracy party honorary president Constantine Mitsotakis.
The aim of the professorship is the study of the ideas of Greek culture which were consolidated by western culture, as well as the projection of the innovative ideas of Ancient Greece and the manner with which they influenced contemporary sciences.
The creation of the chair was financed by the family Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis while the head professor will be Josia Ober, professor of classical studies at Princeton University.
"It is a great day for me to see the founding of the Greek studies cahir in this so important centre of knowledge, Stanford University," Mitsotakis said in his speech.
He added:” It is a great honor for me that my name is given to this chair. And it is not only a great honor, but a major moment in my life now that I am 87 years old."
Present at the ceremony were Athens Mayor Dora Bakoyiannis, New Democracy deputy Kyriakos Mitsotakis and many Stanford University professors.
Source: Athens News Agency