TEACHING / RESEARCH PERSONNEL ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT
EXCELLENT ACADEMIC TEACHING
MATHEMATICS AND INFORMATION SCIENCES
According to the reasoning of the Committee issuing the award of "Excellence in Academic Teaching" by the Foundation for Research and Technology (FORTH), the concept of teaching excellence is much more than the ability for challenging and clearly focused teaching inside the academic amphitheatre. It encompasses all the activities which open new scientific horizons to the students and inspire them and guide them into adopting the scientific ethos as well as the selfless search for truth.
The selection of the award-winner is made by a Committee of Distinguished Professors who encompass a wide range of sciences representing almost all the Universities of the country. The award winning ceremony takes place in the Old Parliament of Greece and the title is awarded by the Greek President of Democracy.
The 19th award of "Excellence in Academic Teaching in memory of V. Xanthopoulos and St. Pneumatikos" was awarded to the Professor of Mathematics of the University of Crete and ex Dean of the School of Sciences and Engineering, Dr. Souzanna Papadopoulou, in 2009.
Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty [...] such as only the greatest art can show.”
EXEMPLAR PROFESSOR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CRETE
Professor of the University of Crete, Papadopoulou Souzanna, was born in 1945 in Amalias. In 1967 she received a Bachelor in Mathematics from the University of Athens and in 1970 a PhD in Mathematics from the same university. In 1980 she was proclaimed lecturer of the University of Erlangen-Nuernberg (Germany).
She has taught at the Universities of Athens, Erlangen- Nuernberg, Eichstaett (Germany) and since 1982 she teaches at the University of Crete. He has been supervising undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral theses.
In 2001 she was awarded by the University of Crete with the Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching "Stylianos Pichorides" and in 2009 by the Foundation for Research and Technology, the Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching "Xanthopoulos - Pneumatikos." The Commission’s reasoning for this decision, was that her career has been dedicated to a continuous pursuit of the academic excellence principles as well as to the commitment in the educational process. Mrs. Souzanna Papadopoulou has been awarded by other institutions as well.
She has been in charge of research programs, reviewer of research publications in international journals, committee member at the European Union for evaluating research proposals and responsible for the organization of international conferences. She has also served as chairman of the Mathematics Department and Dean of the School of Sciences and Engineering of the University of Crete.
Foundation for Research & Technology, 2009
The 19th award for «Excellence in Academic Teaching, in memory of Vassilis Xanthopoulos and Stefanos Pneumatikos», was awarded to the Professor of Mathematics at the University of Crete and ex Dean of the School of Sciences and Engineering, Dr. Papadopoulou Souzanna, in 2009.
The award is meant for members of the academic community, in memory of the two professors at the University of Crete and members of FORTH, who were murdered in 1990 at Heraklion, while teaching an advanced seminar. It is attributed yearly by the Foundation for Research and Technology since 1991. The award ceremony is conducted every year in the Old Parliament of Greece by the Greek President of Democracy.