Issue 4 - 8 May 2012 enews home

'Greek Guardians' pledge exceeds $450,000

By Leanne Coleman

Adam Bourke

A new language centre at CDU will offer Greek studies, Mandarin and Bahasa Indonesian

More than 100 dignitaries and guests recently attended the official launch of a fundraising campaign to grow Greek studies at Charles Darwin University.

The Hon KonVatskalis MLA hosted the event at Parliament House, and congratulated the Friends of Greek Language and Culture Committee for establishing such an inspired and visionary program.

The "Guardians" of Greek Language and Culture at CDU has been created with the support of the NT community and businesses to help develop Greek language and culture programs at CDU.

Friends of Greek Language and Culture Committee spokesperson George Kapetas said it had been a passion of the "Guardians" to create an internationally recognised, highly reputed and self-sustaining program for undergraduate and future postgraduate study at CDU.

"The Greek Guardians will ensure that Greek language, culture and heritage survive and thrive in the Territory of the future," Mr Kapetas said.

CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover highlighted the importance of language and culture studies at CDU and announced the development of a new language centre offering Greek, Mandarin and Bahasa Indonesian.

The Vice-Chancellor said more than 30 individuals, families and businesses had signed on to become the inaugural "Guardians of Greek" and commended the work of the fundraising committee, who within a few weeks raised $450,000 to kick off their campaign.

The vision of the Greek Language and Culture program includes specialist lectureships, visiting scholars' program, student merit and equity scholarships, and an innovative research focus on Greek communities across the New World.