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Prof. Dimitris Tsougarakis

Former Rector Ionian University
Prof. Dimitris Tsougarakis

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Prof. Dimitris Tsougarakis was born in Athens. He obtained his Bachelor degree from the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Athens and a second Degree from the Department of English Studies of the same University. He was a postgraduate student in the University of Oxford and obtained his D.Phil. from this University in Byzantine Studies (1984). He was a visiting Scholar at Dumbarton Oaks Research Centre, Washington D.C., and for ten years he was a Researcher at the Research Centre of Medieval and Modern Hellenism of the Academy of Athens. He taught Byzantine History at the Department of History of the Ionian University, first as a visiting scholar and later (1993) as elected professor. He was elected Department Head three times and served as such for a total of six years (1994-1998, 2002-2004). He became the first elected Rector of the Ionian University for the period 2004-2007, and was re-elected for the period 2007-2011. Since 1997 he is Director of an M.A. course in Urban History and Edifice Construction after the 16th c. He has taken part in numerous conferences in Greece and abroad, and in a variety of research projects, and he has been involved in many European Union Programmes, involving European, Arab and American Universities. Between 2004 and 2010 with the cooperation of the Magna Charta Observatory in Bologna, he organized the "Corfu Summer School", a successful yearly international seminar for rectors and high university officials, concerning the implementation and dissemination of the principles and values of the European University (Magna Charta Universitatum). Dimitris Tsougarakis has taught in Universities in Greece and the USA and is the author of many articles on the history of Byzantium, and of a number of monographs, among which are: Introduction to Byzantine Sigillography [in Greek], Athens, 2000; The Life of Leontios Patriarch of Jerusalem, Leiden - New York, 1993; Kekaumenos' Strategikon, Athens, 1993; Roman Crete [in Greek] Crete, 1990; Byzantine Crete. From the 5th c. to the Venetian Conquest, Athens, 1988.

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