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Problem Based Learning in Higher Education through project ALIEN

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (E-CE) is coordinating research activities related to capacity building on the deployment of information technology in problem-based learning. In problem-centered learning, students build knowledge by solving a specific problem. The selected problems are typically inspired by real life and are often open-ended, meaning they do not have a single solution. Problem-based learning challenges students to combine knowledge from different fields to synthesize a viable solution, simulating the way in which they will act in future roles as professionals. Problem-centered learning promotes the transfer of knowledge from academia to the professional world, contributing to linking learning with the needs of industry and society. As part of the ALIEN research project: Active Learning in Engineering Education (http://projectalien.eu), the Creative Technologies Learning Lab research team (http://ctll.e-ce.uth.gr) implements to promote problem-based learning as a strategic educational approach in tertiary education. The team works with 12 universities in Asia, in particular Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Nepal, and Pakistan. It also collaborates with 4 universities in Europe, namely Portugal, Estonia, Bulgaria and the United Kingdom.
The proposed learning intervention aims to address the challenges that slow down the integration of a problem-centered approach to education. In particular, computer labs have been set up at each of the 12 Asian universities. A digital collaboration platform has also been developed that aims to jointly build capacity on the deployment of problem-based learning for the benefit of students and teachers. The platform offers a repository of problems applicable in engineering education, the solution to which can be more effectively reached through the use of digital tools, simulations, and games. The platform further offers opportunities to exchange good practices on issues related to the practical application of problem-based learning as well as how it can be combined with emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and digital learning games. Finally, teacher training is organized towards building the capacity of educators on integrating digital technologies and problem-based learning for enhancing classroom interactivity.
The 4th consortium meeting of project ALIEN took place at the University of Hanoi in Vietnam on December 4-6, 2019. The meeting was attended by all academic partners from Asia and Europe. Issues related to the operation of the new laboratories as well as the pilot use of digital research project services in learning processes were discussed. In addition, a transnational instructor training event was organized in which instructors from Vietnam, Pakistan, and Greece practiced problem-based learning activities by competing on building durable bridges with basic materials, namely spaghetti and adhesives. The activity was widely enjoyed by the audience and provided them with ideas on how to liven their classrooms through problem-based learning design.


Visit of the Central University of Finance and Economics at the University of Thessaly on the occasion of the establishment of the Confucius Institute in Volos

University of Thessaly (UTH) welcomed from the 16th to the 19th of November the delegation of the Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE), headed by the Assistant President of CUFE, Prof. Li Tao. The members of the CUFE delegation were Professor Li Guijun (Male), Director of Teaching Affair Office, Professor Jia Yuge (Female), Director of Academic Research Office, Professor Shi Yupeng (Male), School of Economics, and Associate Professor Li Hanjun (Male), China Academy of Public Finance and Public Policy.
The visit took place on the occasion of the establishment of the Confucius Institute at the University of Thessaly. In collaboration with Hanban (Confucius Institute Headquarters) and the Central University of Finance and Economics of Beijing, will offer at the facilities of the University, Chinese language courses, will conduct Chinese language learning certification exams, will implement exchange programs for students and faculty members and will organize intercultural cooperation activities. The Institute will participate in a network of over 500 Confucius Institutes worldwide and develop research and educational collaborations with a lot of them.
The Confucius Institute in the University of Thessaly aims to contribute to the development of cultural and economic relations between Greece and China through participation and organization of cultural events, such as exhibitions, performances and seminars, which will have a clear footprint in the Region of Thessaly and Central Greece.
The delegates from the Central University of Finance and Economics visited the University's premises in Trikala, Larissa and Volos, and they met with the Regional Governor of Thessaly, Mr. Costas Agorastos, with whom they had the opportunity to discuss new prospects for academic, cultural and business cooperation between Thessaly region and China. The delegation visited the Tsikriki mansion, where the Confucius Institute will be based, and discussed with the UTH faculty members, the prospects of further collaboration in joint research and joint educational programs.
The visits and contacts were particularly successful and noted the extraordinary momentum of today's development of Greek-Chinese relations and exchanges in the fields of education, culture, research and human mobility and know-how.


Foundation of the Confucius Institute at the University of Thessaly

The Confucius Institute agreement was signed today at the Maximos Mansion between the Rector of the University of Thessaly, Mr. Zisis Mamouris and the Chinese Ambassador in Greece, Mrs. Zhang Qiyue, in the presence of the Prime Minister, Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the President of China Mr. Xi Zinping. The Confucius Institute of the University of Thessaly was founded after a two-year effort in collaboration with the Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing. The Confucius Institute will strengthen its Academic, Cultural and Research Partnerships with China as well as with the worldwide network of 500 Academic Institutes worldwide. We thank in particular the former Rector George Petrakos for his key contribution to the implementation of the project and Mr. Steve Bakalis for his contribution to the development of relations between the University of Thessaly and China.


The IGEM Thessaly 2019 Interdisciplinary Team Awarded at the iGEM International Competition in Boston, United States

The University of Thessaly congratulates the undergraduate team iGEM Thessaly 2019 for its successful participation in the iGEM International Competition in Boston, United States. The team, which is comprised of students from the Departments of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Architectural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Computer Science and Biomedical Informatics, developed an innovative method for the detection of tuberculosis based on methods of Synthetic Biology. Their work ODYSSEE was distinguished among 375 participating groups with: Best diagnostics project,
Gold medal and Special mention for biosafety and biosecurity policies
as well as two additional nominations for Best Supporting Entrepreneurship and better integration of social needs and human processes (Best Integrated Human Practices).
This significant success is a fair recognition of both the personal work and responsibility of the team members and the work of the University of Thessaly. We hope that this award will be the first of many as well as an incentive for the continuation and establishment of such interdisciplinary teams.


International Award for the iGEM Thessaly from the University of Thessaly

A few days ago, the University of Thessaly research team, iGEM Thessaly, presented its research project "ODYSSEE: A Modular Platform for Field Diagnosis of Tuberculosis" at the largest competition in Synthetic Biology in the world. The team's research work involved the creation of a test for the early diagnosis of tuberculosis with the main aim of applying it to the refugee reception structures of our country.
In its first competition, a team of ten students and graduates from the University of Thessaly managed to win the gold medal among 375 teams from around the world. At the same time, ODYSSEE has been recognized as the Best Diagnostics Project and has received nominations for the Best Supporting Entrepreneurship and Best Integrated Human Practices. Finally, the team received a commendable mention of adhering to the biosecurity rules when conducting their experimental processes.
The iGEM International Synthetic Biology Competition resulted from an idea of the ​​MIT and takes place every year in Boston, attracting more than 6,000 students. The competition presents research projects that propose solutions to contemporary societal problems through Synthetic Biology, an interdisciplinary field that inextricably links Biology to Engineering with the aim of re-synthesizing functional biological systems.


Meet ODYSSEE: a modular platform for the field diagnosis of Tuberculosis

The University of Thessaly's research team, iGEM Thessaly, departs for Boston, America, in a few days to take part in the largest Synthetic Biology competition in the world. The team of 10 students and graduates of the University of Thessaly will present the research project entitle "ODYSSEE: A Modular Platform for Field Diagnosis of Tuberculosis" which aims to create a test for the early diagnosis of tuberculosis.


Visit to the Department of Agriculture, Ichthyology & Aquatic Environment of the University of Thessaly and to a Snail Breeding Unit of the Prefecture of Magnesia by the students of the Department of Animal Science and Aquaculture

On Wednesday, October 2 2019, the fifth year students of the Department of Animal Science and Aquaculture of the University of Athens, along with their Professors, Mrs. Panagiota Koutsouli and Mr. Georgios Theodorou, visited the Department of Agriculture, Ichthyology & Aquatic Environment of the University of Thessaly. The Head of the Department, Professor Athanasios Exadactylos, addressed them with a short greeting, while Mrs. Marianthi Chatziioannou, Assistant Professor, informed them about snail breeding.


Α Great Day for Science and Research

"Researcher's Night" is celebrated in more than 300 European cities with a large participation of the research / academic community. It is an initiative of the European Commission aimed at highlighting the role of the researcher as well as his scientific and social work, with emphasis on the human element. Through a variety of scientific activities, experiments, events and original events, research opens its doors both to the field of education and, above all, to the general public!


The University of Thessaly is among the 600-800 best universities in the world according to the World University Rankings (WUR)

The University of Thessaly is among the 600-800 best universities in the world according to the World University Rankings (WUR), published by the Times Higher Education for 2020 and ranked 3rd in Greece, after the University of Crete and the University of Athens.


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