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A part of UNB’s tradition 

Courses with a link to the Hellenic civilization are taught at UNB since its opening in 1787 and were offered to all students in the university’s early years, regardless of their program.

Greek Culture is the cradle of western civilization by having shaped the origins of :

  • alphabet
  • western literature
  • science
  • mathematics
  • philosophy
  • sports
  • politics
  • theatre
  • theology (i.e. Christianity)
  • fine arts
  • architecture

From an intellectual perspective, Greek history, language and culture instruct student in cross-cultural communications. 

Studying the Geek language helps to sharpen analytical language skills. It also improves a student’s English and their abilities in speech-making, writing and English vocabulary.

Greek culture has a global appeal and the ability to unite people under one roof like said by ancient Greek biographer Diogenes Laertius; "my fatherland has no single tower, nor any one roof, the whole earth is our town and home ready for us to dwell within."

History of the Centre

Dr. Haruo Konishi (1968-1998), a retired Greek History Professor from the Department of Classics and Ancient History dreamed to establish a centre for Hellenic studies at UNB. 

Throughout the past three decades, various cultural and educational programs were developed by the International Bilateral Relations Departments of the Greek Ministries of Culture and Education such as:

  • scholarships
  • exchange programs
  • visiting instructors

With the cooperation of the Faculty of Arts and Department of Classics, the creation of Hellenic Centre was officially opened on Nov. 2, 2007, with support from the Greek communities of New Brunswick and other Atlantic provinces, the government of Greece and the Consulate General in Montreal.


The Centre is constituted by the Senates and Board of Governors at UNB. It is operational and financially responsible to the university through the dean of the Faculty of Arts.

The governing body of the Centre consists of the director, a UNB faculty member and the advisory board (three faculty members and three New Brunswick community members).

The director develops a program of activities and projects for the center and seeks funding to support these. The advisory board is responsible for discussing the planning, policies and finances of the center. They also offer advice to the director on these matters.