Assessing Quality - 2nd Athens International Conference on University Assessment HELLENIC AMERICAN UNIVERSITY
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Venue and Location


During the Conference, use will be made of the Hellenic American Union conference facilities located at Massalias 22.

Conference facilities (Massalias 22)

Fully renovated in 1998, the building houses the only multi-purpose conference center in the heart of Athens.

All sessions will be held in the Main Conference Room (2nd floor) with a seating capacity of 300. With equipment such as Dolby ProLogic Surround System, wireless simultaneous interpretation equipment, voting system and Internet/network access, the Auditorium hosts a wide range of events such as Conferences and large workshops, guest lectures, talks, film screenings for both the University community and the broader professional public.


Coffee breaks, social events and lunch will be given in the Cafeteria (1st floor) and in the Roof Garden (8th floor), overlooking the Acropolis and the Saronic Gulf.

Participants will be able to use the Hellenic American Union Library (4th floor), with more than 30,000 books and 50 periodical tittles. Participants will also have access to online databases and resources like EBSCOhost, ERIC, EBRARY and others.

Also, participants who have laptops with wireless cards will be able to access the Internet via the HAU's wireless network (access codes will be provided).
An “Internet park” with 20 computers will be in operation, for the exclusive use of the participants.

Last, a special Conference registration desk will be at the participants' disposal at the Reception (groundfloor).



Both the conference facilities and the Union's main building are very near bus and trolley-bus stops and metro stations (Metro: Panepistimio).


Parthenon Plaka Plaka Plaka Downtown

About Athens

Welcome to Athens – or Athina (/a' θ ina /) – as Greeks or Hellenes (/' ε lin ε s /) call it.
With thousands of years of history and a tradition steeped in mythology, the city – named after Athena, the goddess of wisdom – is the capital of Greece or Hellas (/e'las/), with a population of roughly 3,500,000 citizens.

Throughout, there are ancient remains, the most prominent of which is the Acropolis, a reminder of the glory of the 5 the century B.C. Athenian Democracy (/ð imokra'tia/), the first ever democracy in the world. You can also see many Byzantine churches and monasteries and admire the well-preserved neo-classical buildings to be found in the center and in older neighborhoods such as Plaka.

Of course, Athens is a modern city as well. The host of the 2004 Olympic Games (the first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens in 1896), it boasts an expanding new subway system and new metro and tram systems.

It is a hospitable city, with many outdoor cafes, pedestrian streets, parks, and gardens, and nightlife for all budgets and tastes.

Also, the center of Athens is only 35' away by subway to the port of Piraeus (/pir ε ' as/). From there, you can take boats to all the nearby islands of the Saronic Gulf (Hydra, Poros, Aegina, Spetses), the Cycladic islands, the islands of the Dodecanese, Crete, and many others.
If you wish to enjoy the beach, the nearest ones can easily be accessed by tram.

Enjoy your stay!

Shopping and Entertainment

The venue was very centrally located and within walking distance to all major Athens shopping and recreation areas, such as the following:

  • Kolonaki area : Rather expensive stores by major Greek and international designers – Cafés – Restaurants – Bars
  • Syntagma Square : The Greek Parliament – Expensive hotels with classy cafés, bars, and restaurants (Metro: Syntagma)
  • Ermou Street : Moderate priced stores for all tastes, esp. women's footwear, clothes, and cosmetics (Metro: Syntagma)
  • Plaka : Below the Acropolis, traditional Athenian tavernas (some with live Greek music) – Souvenir stores – Paved streets and neoclassical buildings (Metro: Syntagma)
  • Monastiraki : Flea Market – A “must” on Sundays – Inexpensive stores with new and used clothing, items, antiques – Bargaining is imperative! (Metro: Monastiraki)
  • Psyri : Traditional Greek mezedopolia with tasty titbits (some with live Greek music) – Cafés – Restaurants – Bars – Clubs – Antique stores (Metro: Monastiraki)


Most major art galleries and museums are either within walking distance or quite close by means of transport.

Useful links

General information

Travel in Greece

Transportation in Athens

Transportation to / from the airport

The Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” is located 33km southeast of Athens and is easily accessible via Attiki Odos, a six-lane motorway constituting the Athens City Ring Road.

Connection with Athens and the port of Piraeus is provided by metro, railway and express airport buses, ensuring efficient transport for air travellers and facilitating linkage to key tourist attractions.


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