University of Macedonia-UOM is the second major university in North Greece with a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs of studies, as well as 25 accredited university laboratories. The university had 4 Schools under which several departments operate and collaborate in cross-sectoral fields of study. Specifically, the following schools and departments operate at the UOM. 1) SCHOOL OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, which includes a) the Department of Business Administration, and b) the Department of Accounting & Finance; 2) SCHOOL OF INFORMATION SCIENCES, which includes the Department of Applied Informatics; 3) SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, HUMANITIES AND ARTS, which includes a) the Department of International and European Studies, b) the Department of Educational & Social Policy, and c) the Department of Music Science & Art; 4) SCHOOL OF ECONOMIC AND REGIONAL STUDIES, which includes a) the Department of Economics and b) the Department of Balkan, Slavic & Oriental Studies. University of Macedonia is a member of the European University Association (EUA). Today, the University of Macedonia has almost 10.000 enrolled students. The achievement of excellence in teaching, research and service to the community is the university’s highest priorities.
The university departments are in high demand every year because of the high quality level of the academic staff and their international honours and recognition, the high quality of administration and student services, the European dimension of the university will various types of opportunities for study and employment in Europe offered to students (ASECU, AIESEC, ERASMUS programs etc.), the excellence and innovative character of the undergraduate and graduate programs of study, and its tight connections with the labor market. UOM has adopted the European quality systems, operates a Quality Assessment Committee and has adopted to the ECTS. UOM is recognized at local, regional, national and international level for the great number of excellent scientific and cultural events (conferences, symposia, lectures, performances, recitals etc.). UOM has 523 employees (346 academic teachers and 177 administrative staff) and approximately 10,000 students. It is accommodated at facilities of 35.000sq and it is equipped with numerous computer labs, a state-of-the art teleconference room with the competence of digitization of tele-courses, a state-of the art recording studio and a superb Music Hall. UOM has a large experience in the management of European & transnational projects. Some indicative examples are: a) 2 entrepreneurship programmes in the framework of Operational Programme for Education & Initial “Vocational Training (O.P. “”Education””) b) Mentoring, Consulting, and Virtual Enterprise actions c) 450 specialization programmes for 12.000 business executives d) more than 250 European and national, private & Self-research projects (INTERREG III, TEMPUS, SOCRATES, EPEAEK, strand, ERASMUS, IST, INTAS, PRO, GSRT, RURAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP, 3-ENSUS, EDUCANET, SOCIOLD, LIFE, ECUITY III, LEONARDO, MOVEM PAIDEIA, HERMES, COPERNICUS, MARIE CURIE, VCSE, DEMNET, LIFELONG EDUCATION etc.).
The University has undergone external evaluation with great success. It is the first Greek university which is accredited as a “green” University (EMAS) and it is also the first European university to be declared as a “Friend of United Nations”. UOM uses the ECTS system and employs quality assessment tools for teaching, research and administration on a semester and yearly basis. The UOM Department of Music Science and Art (PP1) was founded in 1996, signaling an emphasis on applied music art, on the cultivation and promotion of artistic performance as well as music pedagogy, offering both undergraduate and graduate programs in all majors. The Department has been involved in several international collaborations both with the neighboring countries,as well as with numerous european countries in the context of the Erasmus Program , and also in transnational collaborations (USA, India, etc.). The Department has had a successful collaboration with other program and partner countries in 2003-2004 in the context the Phare Programme. It has also held a three-year European Union project on the context of “PYTHAGORAS II” with multiple international collaborations involved.
University of Nimes (UNIMES) which is Partner #2 (P2) in the proposed project, is a young, dynamic university structure, integrated into the European higher education system. UNIMES offers a strong multidisciplinary approach to learning, supported by its various partnerships and collaborations with leading higher education institutions in Europe and international partners, all within a human scale structure. UNÎMES aims to offer a training system that enables each individual student to determine their own training path and develop their own personal project. UNIMES currently has 3800 students and employs 89 permanent teaching/research staff members and 714 temporary teaching staff members. From the bachelor’s degree up to the doctorate level, UNIMES offers about twenty original professional degrees. UNIMES has developed innovative and ambitious interdisciplinary fields of study that receive support and encouragement from national bodies and bring this medium size university to the front line of research and teaching nationally and internationally. The active collaboration between the Social Psychology Laboratory of the University of Nimes and the Social Psychology Laboratory of Aix-Marseille University offers ground for common research in the field of addiction studies, while it gives to the these two laboratories the opportunity to design and promote powerful, research-grounded, dissemination policies to professionals and socio-educational action agencies of Public Health and Labour at regional and national level in France.
Partners for Youth Empowerment – PYE Global, is an international non-profit organization with a mission to awaken the purpose, power and possibility of young people around the world. PYE Global is a UK registered Charity and is affiliated with PYE Global US, a registered 501 c 3 non-profit organization. Working with local partners and through a “train-the-trainer” model, PYE delivers facilitation training and programme design support to infuse programs with creativity and proven youth empowerment practices based on PYE’s Creative Community Model. In 2014 alone, PYE and PYE partners trained over 3000 practitioners in 11 countries reaching over 150,000 young people to succeed as students, workers and contributors to thriving communities. PYE has active partnerships in UK, United States, Canada, Uganda, South Africa, India and Brazil with whom they run regular practitioner trainings and programmes based on the Creative Community Model. PYE’s specific area of expertise is in training adult practitioners to use facilitation and the arts in working with groups. The training is a program delivery model that can be woven into a wide range of content areas and populations – mental health, vocational training, educational programs, entrepreneurship and innovation etc. It can be delivered in a variety of contexts including classrooms, residential camp programs, out-of school settings, community programs, therapeutic centers and elsewhere.
General Hospital of Thessaloniki “G. Papanikolaou” is one of the oldest and largest public hospitals in Greece. Its beginnings go back to 1920. The hospital started as a sanatorium and today is one of the most equipped hospitals in Greece. It covers an area of 40.050 squared meters and has a great number of specialized departments and clinics, as well as an Intensive Care Unit. The Psychiatric Hospital of Thessaloniki (PHT) operates under the auspices of the General Hospital of Thessaloniki “G. Papanikolaou”, and is a specialized hospital with extensive activities in serving mental health, through its network of community services in the area of Thessaloniki and also through its services as an educational agent. The treatment of addiction is one major area treated by the Psychiatric Hospital of Thessaloniki. This is the reason why the description of the organization will focus mainly on the PHT the staff and resources of which will be mainly involved in the proposed project.
Since 1980, the Psychiatric Hospital of Thessaloniki engaged to a series of rehabilitation and re-inclusion activities, by creating work positions, and offering services which contribute to a higher level of quality of life. The development and operation of units of psychosocial rehabilitation and reinsertion into the work force, has had impressive effects and has resulted in the gradual reduction of the numbers of patient beds. The Psychiatric Hospital of Thessaloniki alone has 809 employees, out of whom 131 are doctors and 396 are nursing staff. On the basis of developing and operating Units of Mental Health in the region of Thessaloniki, the Psychiatric Hospital of Thessaloniki has a significant role in implementing the mental health policy of the Ministry of Health and Social Care in Greece. The Psychiatric Hospital of Thessaloniki also emphasizes care on addiction, and operates the following units: a) Psychosocial – Therapeutic and Consulting Station for addicted individuals from alcohol, drugs, and gambling, named “METHEXIS”; b) Department of Rehabilitation of Drug Dependent Individuals, named “IANOS”; and c) Program for Alternative Treatment of Drug-Addicted Individuals, named “ARGO”. The Psychiatric Hospital of Thessaloniki developed and implemented major changes in the area of mental health services in the previous decades. This was possible through gradual financing by the European Union, which made possible the opening up of mental health services to the community an the development of innovative approaches to mental health treatment, rehabilitation etc. Such European programs that aided the development of innovation offered through the PHT are Azimouthio Program (1989-1991), HELIOS I & II (1989-1996), HORIZON I & II (1992-1995, 1993-1995), FIGHTING EXCLUSION FROM THE WORK FORCE (14 projects in 1995, 15 in 1997, 10 in 1998, 19 projects in 1998-2000). Leonardo Da Vinci (1997), and Operational Program “Heath and Social Work” through which 28 programs were implemented by the Center for Vocational Training of the PHT aiming at the education and training of staff members employed in hospitals and heath centers across Greece. The PHT operates a Professional Training Center offering continuing education and professional development programs to all staff members and newcomers in the PHT setting.