NTUA and MSU Sign Dual PhD Agreement


MSU Engineering Dean Leo Kempel and NTUA Rector Dr. John Golias celebrate the dual PhD agreement between the two academic institutions.

Officiating (seated, left to right) at the ceremony were MSU Engineering Dean Leo Kempel and NTUA Rector Dr. John Golias, and (standing) Dr. Elias Glytsis - Outgoing Associate Chair for Graduate Studies, ECE Dept. NTUA; Dr. Marinos Kavouras - Incoming NTUA Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs and Administration; MSU ECE Department Chair and Professor John Papapolymerou; Dr. Nectarios Koziris, ECE Dept. Chair, NTUA; Dr. Dimitris Papantonis, Outgoing NTUA Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs and Administration; and Dr. Dimitris Soudris, Incoming Associate Chair for Graduate Studies, ECE Dept. NTUA.

Based on the common interest for the development and advancement of education and research, the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and Michigan State University (MSU) signed a Dual PhD Agreement for the preparation and training of PhD students at both academic institutions, on September 28th in Athens.

With the agreement, begins the co-operation of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of NTUA with MSU.

The Dual PhD Agreement was signed by Prof. Ioannis (John) Golias, Rector of the National Technical University of Athens, Prof. Leo Kempel, Dean of the MSU College of Engineering, Professor Nectarios Koziris, Dean of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, NTUA and John Papapolymerou, MSU Foundation Professor, who chairs the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE).

Prof. Golias stated: "By signing this agreement with MSU we enhance cooperation with top Engineering Schools and broaden the horizons of global communication among professionals across the continents. Only positive impacts can arise for the two institutions concerning both the academic personnel and of course the graduates".

Prof. Kempel said participating PhD students will graduate with dual doctoral degrees, one from MSU and one from NTUA. “Innovative dual degree programs, like this one with NTUA, allow students to build global networks through research experiences at partner institutions”, he added.

Prof. Koziris said: “This agreement strengthens the connections we are establishing with top Schools of Engineering in the U.S., like the one at Michigan State University. Our School consistently ranks very highly in all academic rankings and is the top School of ECE in Greece. The dual PhD program with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at MSU implements our plan to offer to our PhD students access to leading research groups in the domain. Additionally, it opens our research excellence to the students from MSU who have the opportunity to work and collaborate with peers from Greece.”

“The outreach opportunity for current faculty members to connect with fellow academics and industry partners in each country is tremendous. It builds the kind of technology and cultural bridges that MSU is famous for around the world» said Prof. Papapolymerou.

Students will enroll in an NTUA doctoral engineering program while enrolled in a doctoral engineering program at MSU. Faculty members from both institutions will serve as advisors on each student’s committee. Only one thesis will be required. The students will receive a PhD from both Michigan State and NTUA when they graduate.

Students in the dual-enrollment program will have access to some of the best science and technology resources and facilities in the two countries.

PhD students will begin at MSU in the 2019—2020 academic year.