The purpose of undergraduate studies is to provide graduates of the Department with specialized qualifications that will enable them to successfully implement Information and Communication Technologies in all areas of economic and social activity. The central philosophy of the curriculum is that Information and Communication Technologies can be efficiently implemented if there is sound knowledge not only of the Science of Informatics but also of the scope of its application. Thus, students of the Department are required to attend advanced courses in Management Science, Economics, Finance, Business Administration, Quantitative Methods, as well as Computer and Internet Law. For the Greek education system, this variety of courses lends unique character to our program of studies.
Apart from the theoretical education topics offered to the students of the Department, special emphasis is given to applications related to the analysis, design, development and management of systems for processing, storing, retrieving and transmitting information in the fields of Business Administration, Economics and Finance. This way, graduates of this Department acquire the basic undergraduate knowledge on standard and current information and communication topics, as well as their applications in modern society.
In addition, graduates of the Department may pursue postgraduate studies in the Postgraduate Program (MSc) in Applied Informatics, provided by the Department of Applied Informatics, in the Inter-University Postgraduate Program (MSc) in Law and Informatics, that the Department of Applied Informatics with the Department of Law of Democritus University of Thrace co-organize at the University of Macedonia, as well as in the newly launched Postgraduate Program (MSc) in Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics. Finally, students can obtain a doctoral degree after completing a doctoral thesis with an original contribution to the field of interest. For more information you can visit the websites of the above Postgraduate Programs www.mai.uom.gr and www.mli.uom.gr and www.aida.uom.gr.
Graduates’ Career prospects
The professional rights of our Graduates are described in the relevant Presidential Decree published in Government Gazette A' / 58 / 8.4.2009
In more detail, graduates of the Department are able to work as:
- Freelancers & Private Business Executives. In addition to technical, management and entrepreneurship knowledge, the Department's graduates have the best prerequisites for operating their own business. Furthermore, the above combination of knowledge makes graduates of the Department ideal candidates for employment at administrative positions, where the presence of people with specialized knowledge in informatics and communication technologies is more imperative today than ever. Graduates of the Department are ideal candidates for positions in a wide range of businesses, including conventional informatics and communication technologies, products and services companies, as well as companies active in emerging areas such as e-commerce, distance learning / working, online entertainment and information systems, digital libraries etc.
According to Article 3 No. 44 of Presidential Decree published in Government Gazette A / 58//8.4.2009, graduates of the Department of Applied Informatics may be employed by private research centers as specialized Informatics scientists, in electronic communications companies, banking, insurance, medical, media, audiovisual production and processing companies, shipping and tourism businesses, consulting companies and high-tech companies.
- Teachers in public and private education.
Concerning Primary and Secondary Education, graduates of the Department of Applied Informatics are required to participate in the ASEP (Supreme Council for Civil Personnel Selection, http://asep.gr) competition for the category of University Graduates 19. Successful graduates are added to the lists of Educators of Public Education for future appointment in state education. The necessary steps have been taken in order to update the list of eligible departments for the ASEP competition and include the department’s new introductory specialization (Computer Science and Technology) as well.
The standard qualifications of Informatics educators are defined as follows:
- According to Law No. 3194 "Regulation of educational matters and other provisions." (Government Gazette 267 / 20-11-2003 TA), Article 8, Paragraph 8.a) Qualifications for the appointment of teachers in the positions of “University Graduates 19” and “University Graduates 20” in the field of Informatics are hereinafter referred to in Article 1(a) and in Article 2(a) of the Presidential Decree 118/1995. (b) The provisions of Article 1 par. 6 of Law 2834/2000 shall continue to apply for the appointment in categories of case a.
- According to Law No. 4386 "Research arrangements and other provisions." (Government Gazette 83 / 11-5-2016 A '), Article 51: "Completion of qualifications of teachers in the field of Informatics 1. At the end of subclause i of the case b of par. 8 of article 8 of Law 3194/2003 (A΄ 267), as applicable, the following sentence is added: "or degree or diploma of the Department of "Applied Informatics" with specialization "Technology Management" of the University of Macedonia for graduates who entered after the academic year 2013-2014”
Public sector executives
Graduates of the Department of Applied Informatics of both specializations (Computer Science and Information Systems) may participate in public announcements (competitions) through ASEP (Supreme Council for Civil Personnel Selection, http://asep.gr), in written competitions or by order of priority; they may provide their services in organizational units of Informatics, networks, computerization and technical services of ministries, public organizations for the category of Informatics “University Graduates” (Presidential Decree 58 / 2009, article 3).
- The qualifications for the appointment to public sector bodies are set out in Presidential Decree 50/2001 and 347/2003 for permanent positions or positions under a private-law employment relationship. Specifically, for Informatics “University Graduates”, qualifications are referred to in Article 6 of Presidential Decree 50 / 2001. (Codification for the appointment of civil servants – Ministry of Administrative Reform
Participation in Professional Chambers
Graduates of both specializations are eligible to register with the Chamber of Commerce (http://www.oe-e.gr/oe/)
The University of Macedonia Career Office operates to support students and new graduates in planning their future careers with the aim of effectively linking the university community with the labor market.
University of Macedonia
School of Information Sciences
Department of Applied Informatics
156 Egnatia str.
546 36 Thessaloniki