The University of Macedonia (UoM) is a Greek further education institution which is located in Thessaloniki, Macedonia, Greece. It is the second largest university in the city, and it is comprised of eight departments. Those mainly deal with social, political and economic sciences. The campus is hosts a group of buildings (with a total area of approximately 40.000 square meters). On site, there are amphitheatres, lecture and seminar rooms, as well as offices, and administration sections, a restaurant, gymnasium and bookshop. The campus also offers two guest rooms for 4-8 people, those are mostly reserved for official visitors. The university was positively rated by the external evaluation committee. The school offers a wide range of interesting subject from which prospective students can choose from. Degree programmes at undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate level are delivered at the University of Macedonia. The school offers a multicultural, safe learning environment where people from all over the world are welcome to study. There are several departments: the Department of Economics, Department of Business Administration, Department of Accounting and Finance, Department of International and European Studies, Department of Balkan Slavic and Oriental Studies, Department of Music Science and Art, Department of Educational and Social Policy, Department of Applied Informatics, as well as the recently created departments: Technology Management Department in Naousa, and the Marketing and Operations Management Department in Edessa. The school places special value on being an international school and internationalization. It therefore is a member of the following associations: Member of European University Association (EUA), Hellenic Academic Libraries Link (HEAL-Link), EMAS – Green University, and many more. The school was initially formed under the name of “the Graduate School of Industrial Studies of Thessaloniki” in 1948 and was renamed in 1958 (“Graduate Industrial School of Thessaloniki”). During their studies, students are encouraged to take part in exchange and semester abroad programmes.
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Currently I’m in my fourth year of studies at this university, and more specifically at the Finance and Accounting department. Firstly, it needs to be mentioned that the courses provided offer a diverse and multi-faceted education giving the students the ability to choose what fits them best and further study on it, from a wide selection.
Moreover, most of the professors teaching there really know their stuff and always try to make the students think for themselves without any restrictions. Of course, there are also a couple of what we would call “bad” teachers who are just not good at their jobs, but with the evaluation system in place they can leave.
Unfortunately, there are some serious disadvantages to this university in the education department, starting with the lack of space regarding amphitheaters forcing many students to not attend classes since they simply won’t have room to fit in the class.
Additionally, a quarter of the educational staff is comprised of older generation teachers, who while they know their stuff, they are more often than not lacking in their teaching skills especially in keeping the students’ attention, or they are not that familiar with modern technologies.
I am about to graduate from the above University. I have been studying there for 5 years. I would be very tough by saying that they didn’t offer to me anything but my expectations before enrollment were higher than reality. The department where I did study is very popular at the moment, but even our proffesors had pointed that there is a lack of cooperation between them. As a result we do not have a clear study program and a wholy knowledge of any particular subject. We got a bit of scientific information about many fields like Macro, Micro economics, Political Economy, Managment, Marketing, Languages but the majority of us graduated without been wholy “trained” to any of them. That is the main drawback of being a student in that department . Taking part in student organizations and socializing with students is of course a nice part of the journey. Also, university always increase your willingness to learn and your curiosity (life, science, other cultures). To sum up before choosing that department try to approach alumini students and make them as many questions as possible to check if that fits on you.
I study at the Department of Applied Informatics. I had to study a lot and I was complaining a lot during my studies, but as I started using the knowledge that I got from those 4 years, I also started having a pretty good CV. This department combines IT along with Economy and marketing, so for someone that is not really sure what to choose, these 4 years are more than enough to realise which field is better for him.
In my opinion, UOM has many administrative and financial problems and that’s the reason why the services it provides to the students are below average. Fortunately, the majority of the professors has a high level of knowledge and in general, they are very good at what they’re doing.
During these years, I learned a lot of things from the teachers who in most of them were quite eager to evolve us and give us as much as possible. The space of the university was large enough to accommodate a large number of students and was kept quiet I would especially recommend it to people who want to pursue the field of economics and business as it is a predominantly economic university with many choices/areas to follow each one.
The University of Macedonia is considered one of the best economics universities in Greece. I am studying business administration at the University of Macedonia. I am so excited. The university provides a variety of facilities and a high-level education. I recommend it unreservedly.