Athens MSIN 2005 Graduation

May 07, 2005

Carnegie Mellon University awarded diplomas on May 7 in Greece to its first international class of graduates enrolled in the MSIN (Master of Science in Information Networking) program offered by Carnegie Mellon's Information Networking Institute (INI) in collaboration with Athens Information Technology (AIT). A delegation of Carnegie Mellon faculty and staff traveled to Athens for the ceremony. The delegation toured the facilities at AIT and had an opportunity to meet AIT faculty, staff, and students.

Carnegie Mellon President Jared L. Cohon presided over the event. Information Networking Institute Director, Dena Haritos Tsamitis, served as master of ceremonies and Pradeep K. Khosla, Dean of the College of Engineering, offered remarks and congratulations to the graduates and their families. Guest speakers included, John G. Rangos, Sr. President of The John G. Rangos, Sr. Charitable Foundation and Mr. Socrates Kokkalis, President of the Board of Trustees of Athens Information Technology.

Prior to the ceremony, Carnegie Mellon and AIT signed an agreement to extend their collaboration for education and research to 2012. John G. Rangos, as the keynote speaker, spoke about how the successful collaboration with AIT provides an important benchmark for the university's presence internationally and a strong commitment for promoting educational excellence worldwide.

I think that education, democracy and freedom remain the best formula for free markets, innovation and prosperity," said Rangos. "Our newly minted graduates will energize the global workforce with their technical skills and management expertise."

The program is led by Christos Halkias, AIT dean and Tsamitis, who is also the director of education, training and outreach for Carnegie Mellon CyLab.