Department of International and European Economic Studies
DIEES was founded in 1990 in response to the new conditions and educational needs that emerged as a result of the country’s participation in the European integration process.
The department offers a multi-disciplinary education and training for students who are interested in obtaining a deeper understanding of developments in the international and European environment, since Greece’s membership in the European Union creates the need to expand students’ knowledge and skills on issues of European integration and its interaction with the global arena.
The department is oriented toward areas of economics that focus on the behaviour of markets, firms, individuals and governments; on international relations; on quantitative methods; and generally on the social, political and institutional dimensions of the economy. It places special emphasis on topics concerning the economy, institutions and policies of the European Union.
Students that are enrolled in the Department’s Undergraduate Programme have the opportunity to choose one of the two specializations offered by the department:
- International Economics and Finance
- International and European Political Economy
Each year the Department accepts a small number of students (approximately 125), which enables faculty members to apply state-of-the-art teaching methods, including tutoring sessions in certain courses (e.g., for problem-solving in Quantitative Methods); tutorials for discussing conceptual issues and mastering analytical techniques in Microeconomics and Macroeconomics, which include submission of written assignments; and the submission of a senior essay in the final year of studies.
Apart from the computer and network facilities available to all students at the University, the Department maintains a fully-equipped computer laboratory (EUROLAB), which offers students access to Internet services and software packages to gather information and conduct statistical analyses for their studies and research.
The DIEES Undergraduate Programme provides its students the opportunity to obtain multi-disciplinary knowledge and skills leading to very promising future career prospects in both the private and public sector. Graduates can pursue a career in banks, financial institutions, corporations, international organisations, and the European Union. They can also continue studies at the postgraduate level that could lead to a career in academia and research in Greek or foreign institutions.
Department of Economics
The Department of Economics of the Athens University of Economics and Business is the oldest in the area of Economics in Greece. It was founded in 1955 when the Athens School of Economics and Business was divided into two Departments: Economics and Business Administration. The first degrees in Economics were awarded in 1959. The Department has initiated the Master's and PhD programmes in Economics in 1973, and 1990 respectively. The first MA and PhD degrees were awarded in 1979 and 1993 respectively.
In a recent issue of the European Economic Review, the Department of Economics has been classified among the best in economic research in Europe. In recent years, faculty members of the Department have been invited to nominate candidates for the Nobel Prize in Economics by the Swedish Academy of Sciences. The program of studies offers 3 specializations. The graduates of the Department find employment in the private and public sector of the Economy. Moreover, a good number of graduates have served in various professional ranks in Greek and foreign Universities.