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/


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.


TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY VARNA: Excellence in Maritime Education & Training

The Technical University of Varna (TU) was founded in 1962.  The purpose of its establishment was to ensure conditions for education of engineering staff for the shipbuilding, transport, machine building, electric power engineering and communications.

Over the years the Higher Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering-Varna grew from a small institute, training engineers to satisfy the regional needs to a large Technical University of national significance, educating students in 21 disciplines.

The Technical University of Varna is a prestigious Maritime Education Institution in the Republic of Bulgaria. By adhering to the international standards of IMO – the International Maritime Organization that monitors marine education worldwide – the Technical University of Varna has established a reputation highly recognized by ship-owners all over the world.

The Technical University of Varna is accredited as an institution of higher education in Bulgaria, and its Bachelor degrees lead to the STCW relevant Certificates of Competency (CoC).

The Technical University of Varna training facilities provide students with state-of-the-art equipment in compliance with the existing national and international standards. Deck Officers and Marine Engineers benefit from full mission simulators, laboratories for practical navigation, and laboratories equipped with operational ship engines and machinery.