First announced to the Federal Parliament as part of its 2019-2020 budget, the Hellenic Chair of Diaspora Studies of the Greek Community of Melbourne at the University of Melbourne has taken the next important step of its creation by announcing that she is now embarking on a worldwide search for a leading scholar to be appointed holder of the chair of studies on the Hellenic world diaspora.
It is important to note that the chair will also bear the name of the Melbourne Greek Community (GCM). This is another important step in the continued development of GCM’s educational programs, which now range from pre-preparation to higher education.
The $ 2.5 million grant that was secured by the GCM went directly to the University of Melbourne and the University in turn placed the money in a trust fund. The University itself also contributes a substantial amount to finance the ongoing costs of running and administering the chair.
The GCM thanked the Morrison government for all their support and efforts to help realize the chair as well as the University of Melbourne for their willingness to both incorporate and co-fund the chair.
It is also important to recognize the efforts of CMG staff and board members who have contributed in the long run. In particular, members of the GCM Board of Directors Costas Markos, Bill Papastergiadis OAM and Dr Nick Dallas, not to mention Professor Nikos Papastergiadis whose tireless efforts, enthusiasm and hard work were crucial in the creation of the pulpit.
Dr Nick Dallas also sits on the University of Melbourne Chair Committee.
The University of Melbourne chair complements the work that the Melbourne Greek community has done with many others, including the Archdiocese, to save and advance Greek studies at La Trobe University.
Bill Papastergiadis and Spiros Papadopoulos continue to serve on the Greek Studies Council of La Trobe University along with many others in the community.
Meanwhile, another success is that the settlement has taken place with the new building at 272 Russell Stree, which will extend the work of the Greek center housing a cultural center that will seek to attract young and old alike.
As has been reported for many years, the purchase was funded primarily by the federal government and the state to help establish the hub in the city near central Greece.