The first informative workshop of the Ministry of National Defence in the context of its participation in the 84th Thessaloniki International Fair was successfully conducted. It was titled: “Higher Education Institutions – Industry – Defence: Synergies and Opportunities at a National and European Level”.
The Chief of HNGS Vice Admiral Nikolaos Tsounis made the opening address for the workshop’s sessions, which was conducted in cooperation with the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The Chief stressed the need for synergies, collaboration and enhancement of the national defence industry with a particular set of activities.
The Vice-Chancellor of Research and Lifelong Learning at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Associate Professor of Spatial Planning and Development Engineering Mr Stratos Stylianidis expressed his belief that if the necessary initiative is taken by all the engaged bodies, the first desired results will come about in a year. Furthermore, he stressed that the interconnection of the higher education with industry constitutes a way to promote development and attract investments.
The Director of Defence Investment and Technological Research at the Ministry of National Defence, Brigadier General (Eng) Petros Kyriafinis analysed the challenges but also the opportunities which will emerge, regarding administrational support and the institutional framework of collaboration and production of defence materials.
Along the same lines, the President of the Hellenic Aerospace and Defence Industries Group Mr Evangelos Veronikiatis was in favour of correct communication and collaboration, so as to determine the needs, define the strategy and achieve the goals of supporting the defence industry.
The President of the Hellenic Manufacturers of Defence Material Association Mr Anastasios Rozolis was in favour of a comparative evaluation of the results arising from the collaboration of Higher Education Institutions – Industry – Defence in one year’s time, while stressing that the argument that Greece “does not produce” must be put to rest.
The Professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Mr Kyros Yakinthos presented the research and development of the UAV of Greek manufacture and set forth the presupposition of assigning the suitable personnel to the appropriate posts, in industry, the Armed Forces and the University, in order to achieve tangible results.