Academic Partners



The State University of New York (SUNY) has 64 geographically dispersed campuses in the state of New York. It is the largest public university system in the United States.  Over the years, SUNY has expanded its influence beyond the boundaries of New York State and even the United States. Empire State College is one of the 64 colleges and universities in the State University of New York system, and serves around 20,000 students each year.  Empire State College offers fully accredited programs that lead to an associate, bachelor's or master's degree, with non-degree study also possible. SUNY Empire State College is authorized to award degrees by the New York State Education Department and is fully accredited by the Middle States Associations of Colleges and Universities ( - 3624 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19104). Founded in 1971, SUNY Empire State College has earned a reputation for its flexible and innovative programs.  SUNY Empire State College's dedicated faculty and staff use innovative, alternative and flexible approaches to higher education that transform people and communities by providing rigorous programs that connect individuals' unique and diverse lives to their personal learning goals.


SUNY Empire State College’s International Programs works with partners around the world in serving undergraduate students. Students engage in classroom-based and/or on-line instruction in Athens, Prague, Thessaloniki and Tirana. Onsite SUNY Empire State College offices serve students studying in these cities.

Contact:  Two Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866/ T 518-587-2100/


A major modern UK University combining quality teaching with research excellence

The University of Greenwich is located in London and is particularly well known in Greece because of its long tradition in the field of shipping and, more recently, due to the high score in Graduate Prospects which demonstrates the good reputation the university enjoys in the labor market. The University sets the highest standards in teaching quality. Indeed, the University was ranked the best University in London (more information here) for teaching excellence according to Sunday Times. Many of the programs are work related with a professional and vocational focus.  In collaboration with New York College, the University of Greenwich offers undergraduate and graduate degree programmes with the respective studies taking place entirely in Greece and graduates obtaining the authentic degree of University of Greenwich.

Contact: Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, Greenwich, London SE10 9LS / Τ 020 8331 9000 /


A local institution with international reach

The University traces its educational roots all the way back to 1824 when it opened as one of the first mechanics institutes. Today the University of Bolton has a global student body. The University’s strong industry links allows it to provide a large number of professionally accredited courses through partnerships that include several Chartered Institute organizations in the UK. The University of Bolton is committed to helping and supporting students and their teachers and advisers at every stage of the journey into higher education.

The University is based on a modern, compact, town-centre campus and the University’s teaching quality has consistently won the highest ratings possible from the UK Government's quality control agency. In recent years the University has had a major redevelopment program creating new and exciting facilities for study and recreation. Bolton itself is a friendly, thriving town close to the big cities of Manchester and Liverpool. 

Contact: Deane Road, Bolton, BL3 5AB / T +44 (0)1204 900600 /


One of the oldest universities in Europe with a fine tradition and a reputation for quality

Université Toulouse 1 Capitole - University of Toulouse 1 Capitole (also called UT1) is located in the heart of the city of Toulouse, in southwestern France, and boasts an age-old academic tradition which goes back to the 13th century. Committed to the pursuit of academic excellence and professional competence as early as 1970, when it opened, University of Toulouse 1 Capitole is a public establishment which originated from the Faculty of Canon Law created in 1229 by King Saint Louis, the second university created in France in 1229 after the Sorbonne. Today, it is a Law, Economics and Management University whose priority is the emphasis on international networks so as to promote scientific collaborations as well as students’ and researchers-lecturers’ exchanges.


UT1 is a world leader in research in industrial economics (ranked fifth in the world for publications in IO/business economics after Harvard, UC Berkeley, Chicago, and Stanford by, with many well-known international researchers and Ph.D. students from all over the world.


UT1 provides training for the business executives of the future. Achieving excellence in the field of research plays a central role at UT1 in the development of exchanges, in the evolution of teaching methods and cooperation with business partners. EADS, Airbus, EDF-GDF, Microsoft, Visa, leading telecommunication operators, international financial groups such as BNP, have established a relation of confidence with UT1 and they find in UT1 graduate students and in the works of UT1 researchers the resources essential for their development.

Contact: 2, Rue du Doyen, Gabriel Marty, 31042 Toulouse, Cedex 9/T. 05 61 63 5600/


Studying at the IUBH makes careers in a global environment possible

The International University of Applied Sciences (IUBH), with two campuses at Bad Honnef and Bad Reichenhall is one of Germany's leading private universities offering quality education to anyone looking to achieve   a challenging managerial position in the service industry of the 21st century and becoming one of its top decision-makers. The profile requirements of internationally employed managers have changed dramatically in recent years.  The IUBH School of Business and Management has recognized this development as reflected in the future-oriented training it offers to interested young people as the first private, state-recognized university operating exclusively in the service sector.

With a number of attractive Bachelor and Master's degree courses IUBH has set new standards for the new generation of management.  IUBH’s programs are characterized by the effective transfer of subject-specific knowledge and soft skills in order to prepare our graduates for challenging management task.

Recognized accreditations, awards, partnerships and memberships guarantee the excellent quality of the university and its study programs. All study programs are accredited by the independent accreditation agency FIBAA (Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation), and recently, five degree programs were additionally distinguished with FIBAA's rarely awarded golden Premium Seal. This makes the IUBH the university with the most FIBAA Premium Seals in Germany.

The IUBH consistently achieves high ratings in assessment measures, including top marks in the current CHE-Ranking 2014 in all relevant categories. In the field of business administration the IUBH ranks as Germany's best private university of applied sciences with the most ratings in the top performing group.

The IUBH is a founding member as well as the only German university in the association "Hotel Schools of Distinction" and was the first and only private university to be awarded the UN Seal of Quality UNWTO.TedQual for its degree programs in tourism. Additional awards and membership round off the quality profile.

Contact: Mólheimer38, 53604 Bad Honnef Am Rhein,Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany/ T. 2224-9605108/


Committed to new technologies, methodologies and practices that enhance quality in programs and services

National American University (NAU) was founded in 1941 in South Dakota and since then, faculty and staff has increased in number, program offered expanded, and several campuses were established across the United States, from South Dakota and Minnesota to New Mexico, Colorado and Texas. NAU has become known for its educational programs that are responsive to the career interests and objectives of its students, to the needs of employers and to society in general through traditional, accelerated and distance delivery methodologies.

Since 1996, the NAU Distance Learning program has created a virtual campus offering degree programs in several academic areas.  With the addition of online course offerings and degrees, students have access to learning 24 hours a day from anywhere that the Internet can be accessed.

Among other distinctions, the university is fully accredited with the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. In addition, NAU through its business division has been granted initial accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education for several of its degree programs.  The University is registered with the Ministries of Education in multiple nations and enjoys affiliate arrangements with numerous institutions of higher learning worldwide.


Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy: world-acknowledged excellence in maritime education

Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy (NVNA) is the oldest and most prestigious maritime education center in the Republic of Bulgaria, a symbol in the world maritime community and a member of the International Association of Maritime Universities (IAMU). By adhering to the international standards of IMO – the organization that monitors marine education worldwide - and being included in the 'White List' as an educational institution with 'approved education', NVNA has established a reputation highly recognized by ship-owners all over the world. Nowadays NVNA trains officers for the Bulgarian Navy and the Merchant Marine according to world-acknowledged standards. Officers for the merchant fleet graduated from the NVNA are captains, ship power-plant engineers and electrical engineers in many foreign companies in the USA, England, Japan, France, Germany, Norway, Italy, Greece, Israel, Turkey, Philippines, Arabic countries and many others states.

NVNA's aim is to develop highly qualified leaders for the Bulgarian Navy and the world maritime industry; to prepare them for the challenges of the transforming Navy and the rapidly changing sector of the global maritime economy higher military and civilian education for the future naval officers, through Bachelor's, Master's and PhD degrees for the merchant marine as well as postgraduate training for military and maritime personnel and Research and Development for the Bulgarian Navy and the maritime industry.

NVNA training facilities provide students with state-of-the-art technologies in compliance with the existing national and international standards. Deck Officers and Marine Engineers can benefit from a planetarium, and simulators, including an ARPA a Dieselsim’, a ‘Navi-trainer professional 5000’ multipurpose simulator certified by the Marine Safety Agency (UK), an R&D laboratory for practical navigation, R&D laboratories and laboratories equipped with operational ship engines and machinery.

NVNA is accredited as an institution of higher learning in Bulgaria, and its degrees lead to the relevant STCW Certificate of Competency.