March 15th, 2018

At the Center of it All: Delphi Economic Forum, 1-4 March 2018

 CYA students with Professor Romolo Gandolfo at the Delphi Economic Forum

Twenty-two CYA Spring '18 students with a keen interest in politics, globalization and world affairs had the unique opportunity to be personally invited by the organization's Founder and Chairman Symeon Tsomokos to attend the  Delphi Economic Forum. Now in its third year, it's an event that has been loosely described as Greece’s “mini Davos’.

The Delphi Economic Forum engages business, political, academic, and other top experts to address emerging challenges, influence the national and regional agendas and promote sustainable and socially responsible growth policies for Greece, Europe, and the wider Eastern Mediterranean region.  

This year the Delphi Economic Forum hosted over 400 speakers spanning the fields of politics, economy, business, diplomacy, and academia, as well as think-tank and media representatives. Among the speakers was Alexis Phylactopoulos (CYA President) who presented his topic " Greece: International Education Hub" on the panel dedicated to educational policy which took place within the impressive Delphi Archeological Museum.

                          CYA President Alexis Phylactopoulos presenting at the Delphi Economic Forum

CYA professor Thanos Dokos (Director-General of ELIAMEP - Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy) and CYA Board of Trustees member Thanos Veremis (Vice Chairman, ELIAMEP and Professor of Political History Emeritus, University of Athens) spoke on various other panels.

Led by Professors Romolo Gandolfo and Ritsa Panagiotou, CYA students were afforded this excellent opportunity to be at the center of this prestigious international conference, to network with other young leaders and participate in meaningful discussions with key presenters.

Many of the students who attended the Forum are currently taking courses on “Crisis and Recovery in Greece and Europe”, “European Union: Challenges and Strategic Choices”, and “Immigrants, Citizenship and Nationalism in Europe” and were naturally attracted to panels on immigration in Europe and the refugee crisis, topics extremely relevant to these courses, and hot issues in the U.S., too.

 “I think the most rewarding experience was meeting the former Polish Prime Minister and talking briefly with him about current US foreign policy under the Trump Administration and what effects this is having on Poland and Eastern Europe.”    Reilly Rastello CYA SP ’18 University of Notre Dame
Glowing Faces! CYA Students and Marek Belka (Former Prime Minister of Poland) and Claus Sorenson (Special Representative of the Danish Representation to the EU) after an exciting session on Migration

Students found discussions on education and the youth crisis in Greece eye-opening, as well as talks on the USA/Russia/China trilateral connection. The panels were very dynamic with intense interaction between speakers producing fascinating questions from the audience and discussions. The experience helped students develop their skills in how to best phrase questions especially ones that trigger great responses.

Professor Ritsa Panagiotou commented that everyone was extremely impressed with the level and quality of the speakers and the discourse in general and how gratifying it was to see students so focused, enthusiastic and organized in planning out the panels they wanted to attend. Overall it was a very enriching as well as fun experience for all.

CYA Spring '18 student Holly Bahadursingh who is studying Political Science with a minor in Public Policy at the University of Notre Dame summed up her experience at the Delphi Economic Forum:

"It gave me unparalleled insight into the economic, cultural, and political questions Greece and the global community are currently facing. To hear experts in the field discuss various issues and solutions, demonstrated the complexity of the geopolitical order and gave me a new perspective with which to approach my studies.”

Delphi Economic Forum was a rewarding experience for all involved, we look forward to extending this great International Conference opportunity to our students again, next spring.

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*NEW* Alumni Networking Opportunity*

We are thrilled to announce our new initiative for Alumni Networking which aims to connect CYA alumni who are seeking a job, with alumni who have an internship or a job opening available or experience or insight to share.

We want to help our recent graduates as they enter the professional field and we know our amazing alumni have much to offer. We are seeking alumni who may be willing to help our recent alumni with job searches, informational interviews, resume and career advice, and so on. If you are interested in getting involved, please click below to participate:  CYA Alumni Networking Survey

Nadia Meliniotis (CYA Executive Director of Student Affairs) will be in Miami, FL and we will be having an alumni brunch on April 7th. Check the website for more details soon or email for more information. 
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