Double doctorate for President, Elias Foutsis

Posted on Thursday 18th July 2013

President of the New York College Group, Elias Foutsis, was awarded the distinction of a double doctorate in the presentation of honorary awards at the University of Bolton degree congregation ceremony on Thursday afternoon (18 July 2013).

He was awarded a Doctorate of Business Administration and a Doctorate of Education by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Bolton, Dr George Holmes.

The Vice Chancellor described Elias Foutsis as a man of many parts; a businessman and a pioneering entrepreneur in education as well as a philanthropist and family man.

Said Dr Holmes: ‘In 25 years Elias has had the foresight and the passion, the energy for the hard work you need to succeed in the tough world of global education.’

Elias Foutsis is President of the University of New York in Prague and New York College Educational Group. New York College is a group of educational institutions in Athens, Thessaloniki, Prague, Tirana and Belgrade offering high-quality, multicultural education through academic collaborations with acclaimed American and European universities, which include the University of Bolton.

Elias started his business career in post-secondary education in 1989 giving young people in Greece the opportunity for an international educational experience. His institutions now host students and faculty from as many as 70 nations. He sits on the International Scientific Committee for the International Congress on Materials and Renewable Energy.

In helping the University of Bolton to drive forward its international agenda, Dr Holmes described Elias as an ‘outstanding partner’ and said they were two men with a shared vision for the future of high quality, accessible, multicultural higher education.

Elias Foutsis told the degree congregation that his vision was to provide higher education that embraced the opportunities of globalisation to develop new attitudes and values that unite and connect cultures, promote global understanding and develop new universal values that promote compassion for all communities.

Also receiving honorary awards that day were Cllr John Walsh OBE and David Tomlinson.

Cllr Walsh has been dedicated to local politics for nearly 40 years and was elected Mayor of Bolton in 2002-2003. He told graduating students that his passion for Bolton’s past had driven his aspirations to be part of the town’s future, helping to retain its heritage while being part of Bolton’s development.

David Tomlinson worked for Warburtons for more than 25 years during the extensive growth phase of the business and has given masterclasses at the University to students interested in entrepreneurship. David, a Rotarian for 30 years, is also Secretary for the Bolton Le Moors Rotary Club’s Marriott Trust which has generously supported the University of Bolton through a wide range of scholarships for students and graduates.

David told graduating students the story of the trust, created in memory of John Marriott, a Rotarian who left a legacy to the Rotary Club which has supported his own studies in the USA. He said that the students and graduates who had benefited from the Marriott Trust had been fine ambassadors for the Rotary Club and the University.