10 OCTOBER 2017 / The Center for Talented Youth-Greece marks four years of operation

The Center for Talented Youth – Greece (CTY Greece) begun its operation in 2013, in collaboration with the internationally renowned Johns Hopkins University, with a founding grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).

The program operates under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs and the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture. The Center, unique in its kind across Southeastern Europe, provides educational extracurricular programs, specifically designed for academically advanced students with a love of learning, through high quality and innovative teaching methods.

CTY was established in 1979 by the Johns Hopkins University aiming to enhance academic excellence, by identifying talented students from all over the world and providing them with the opportunity to cultivate their talents, through a series of educational programs specifically designed to meet their needs.

The objective of CTY Greece is to identify and offer academically advanced students, ages 7 to 18, from across the region, comprehensive three-week long summer programs, new academic experiences, as well as the necessary means that foster a love of learning and facilitate their intellectual development, through high quality and innovative teaching methods.

In 2016 the SNF renewed its support towards the Center through a grant for the support of a scholarship program, as well as the establishment of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Endowed Scholarship Fund, in order to provide students, who are in need of financial aid, with the opportunity to attend the special educational programs, to broaden their learning horizons and to be part of the unique experience of CTY Greece.

Since the launch of the Center’s operation to date:
• 7,050 students have taken the online exam
• 991 students, from Greece and Cyprus, participated in the Summer Day Camps in Athens and Thessaloniki.
• 646 students have participated in two-day weekend programs. The weekend programs have been carried out in different cities in Greece and in Nicosia.
• 337 students have attended online courses that included an overview of the Scratch programming language, an introduction to web design and the Java programming language.
• 517 children received a scholarship to attend these programs- the percentage exceeds 50% of the total number of children.
• 50% of the students come from public schools, 50% from Athens and Thessaloniki and the rest from other Greek regions
• 900 teachers have benefited from the programs, while becoming familiar with the philosophy and the programs of CTY Greece

The scholarships are addressed to students who have been selected to attend the Center’s summer courses. In 2017 alone, 197 scholarships have been awarded, while a total of 517 children have benefited from the scholarships program since the beginning of the Center’s operation.

The students that have been selected to participate in the summer courses sat in courses such as The Magic of Mathematical Thought, Science & Mechanics, The Exciting World of Probabilities, Intelligence and the Biology of Senses, United Nations and Geography: Change the World, The Author’s Workshop, Probabilities & the Games Theory, [email protected], Cryptology, etc.

For more information regarding CTY-Creece visit the official website at www.cty-greece.gr.