La Trobe University of Melbourne announced that it has honored its promise to the Greek-Australian community by establishing the Centre for Contemporary Greek Studies in the place of the National Centre for Hellenic Studies and Research (NCHSR) which was shut down in 2008.
A unversity spokesperson told Neos Kosmos daily that Professor Chris Mackie was appointed as the director of the new institution, which would be located within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the university.
“The center aims at studying Greece and its location in the Mediterranean. And this goal is being so far achieved,” said La Trobe Media and Communications Director, Mark Pearce.
Mackie answered on his part the criticism for not renewing the staff contracts for the Centre of Contemporary Greek Studies and abolishing 40 places in the Faculty of Social Studies by noting that the center was protected despite the changes. The La Trobe spokesperson also added that the new center played a vital role in preserving the Dardalis Archives, allowing the university to participate in different seminars held in Melbourne about Greek history and philosophy, as well as offering free Greek history lessons through Apple’s iTunes application.