Department

The University

The University of Western Macedonia (UOWM – Panepistimio Dytikis Makedonias) was established in 2003 by the Presidential Decree 92/2003 (P. 83/11-4-2003) and began its operation in the same year. The departments of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, which were already based at Western Macedonia (Florina and Kozani), have constituted the four departments of the University of Western Macedonia. These are the Department of Early Childhood Education, the Department of Primary Education (both constituting the Florina School of Education), the Department of Balkan Studies and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Kozani. All staff working in these departments have moved to the new University. Two new Departments have been established: Department of Informatics & Telecommunications Engineering and Department of Fine and Applied Arts. Since Autumn 2013 the Department of Balkan Studies is no longer part of the UOWM, as with the Presidential Decree 72, article 1, paragraph 1 (FEK 119 v.A’) it was transferred and merged with the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies of University of Macedonia (Thessaloniki).

The University of Western Macedonia Declared as autonomous University with the Law 4316 (FEK 270/24.12.2014, p. 121). Following this, elections for the position of Rector were declared and Professor Tourlidakis A., Department of Mechanical Engineeringwas elected as the first Rector of the University. His official appointment was published to FEK 152/ΥΟΔΔ/23.3.2015.

The electronic address of the University of Western Macedonia is www.uowm.gr .

The School of Social Sciences and Humanities

The School of Social Sciences and Humanities was founded in 2019 and succeded the Pedagogical School of the University of Western Macedonia. It is located in Florina and consists of the Pedagogical Departments of Primary Education and the Department of Early Childhood Education, the Department of Psychology and the Department of Communication and Digital Media in Kastoria. No sectors have been established in these Departments. The Pedagogical Department of Primary Education was established by Presidential Decree 544/1989 and began operating as a branch of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) from the academic year 1990-91. The Pedagogical Preschool of Florina and at the same time the Pedagogical School of Florina were established by Presidential Decree 99/1993. The School of Social Sciencesand Humanities was established by Law 4610/2019 (Government Gazette 70 / A / 07.05.2019).

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