We had the opportunity to have an intimate discussion with President David Horner of the American College of Greece (Deree) on his recent visit to the States, where he tells us about the advantages of the school location, how education can offer young Greek-Americans an opportunity to experience Greece, and future plans to form a performance and fine arts program.
Dr. Honer believes Greece is a great destination for educational organizations to invest, “if Greece opens the pathway for quality institutions”. He states, “as a student of History of American higher education, I am going back to the roots. This is where the western intellectual education comes from. I think many people in America and other places would love to be in Greece. It is just, with the current constraints, this is not feasible. But if that opens up, I think you can see some very strong private institutions coming to Greece.”
Mr. Horner shares his thoughts on what education in Greece can offer the young Greek population.
“Spending time talking to the Greek American community we find that what they are really concerned about is the preservation of their Greek heritage in this country. The only one way to do this is to get the young people to experience Greece. The best way to do that is through education. We have this great campus in Athens, so this is something we can give to this community”.
Deree college will be expanding the academic programs and are soon to implement a new school for Performing and Fine arts including a film school. “We are planning to form a school of Fine and Performing arts. We are seriously looking at doing something with film”. ACG President believes this is an area where there is a lot of Greek-American talent, and people in the entertainment industry that the school can connect with.
Finally, Mr. Horner expresses his non political stance about Article 16 which prevents the formation of private universities in Greece. He says, “I am not a politician, certainly not a Greek politician. They have announced it is going to change. Article 16 is not going to change in the near future and until that changes there are real problems”.