Chryssi Vitsilaki

Professor, Director of the Lifelong Learning Programs of the Lifelong Learning Center at the University of the Aegean

Professor Chryssi Vitsilaki completed her Undergraduate Studies in Sociology at Trinity College, Hartford, Ct. and received an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology, of the University of Chicago, Illinois, USA. She has been teaching at the Department of Preschool Education and Educational Design of the University of the Aegean since 1999. She has been responsible for designing, organizing and directing the Postgraduate program of the Department titled “Gender and New Educational and Work Environments in the Information Society”, which is the only postgraduate program in Greece that has implemented e-learning and blended learning techniques from 2004 until 2014 and which was awarded by the European Commission with the “2009 Award for Quality in eLearning”. From 2014 onwards she has organized and directed the postgraduate program of the aforementioned Department titled “New Forms of Education and Learning”. Her academic work focuses on gender issues and new forms of education with the use of technology, on which she has published 10 books and more than 50 articles. In addition, she has designed and implemented as Scientific Coordinator a great number of European and co-funded research programs as well as intervention programs on these issues, and has been a member of national and international committees for the evaluation of relevant projects and programs. She has held the positions of Dean of the School of Humanities (2004-2006), Vice-Rector of Finance and Development, and President of the Research Committee of the University of the Aegean (2006-2010), Chair of the Department of Preschool Education and Educational Planning (2014-2018) and Rector of the University of the Aegean (2018-2023). Prof. Chryssi Vitsilaki, through her position as Rector of the University of the Aegean, has been warmly promoting the Chinese Language and Culture through the implementation of the first distance learning program of the Chinese Language in Greece and has been elected as Vice Chairman of Chinese Plus.