UnivSSE in English

The People's University of Social Solidarity Economy was established in Thessaloniki in February 2013 by PROSKALO (Cooperation Initiative for the Social and Solidarity Economy) and until 2017 it operated as an informal collaborative collectivity, relatively autonomous from PROSKALO.

On April 25, 2017, the founding assembly was established, which created the social non-profit cooperative "People's University of Social Solidarity Economy" with the distinctive title "UnivSSE Coop".

The aim of the Cooperative is to provide education, training, information, popularization, research, studies, programs, publications, the creation, operation and development of educational and social networks, the activation of citizens, the development of cooperative and solidarity spirit, the promotion of collective voluntary action and offer and international cooperation in the fields of social and solidarity economy, self-governance, direct democracy, commons, aiming at collective and social benefits and social innovation.

The Cooperative operates on the basis of the ideas of the Social and Solidarity Economy and Direct Democracy, as these are highlighted by the relevant global movements, as well as the International Cooperative Values and Principles as they were adopted internationally.

It is addressed to the people involved in all kinds of social solidarity economy collectives, but also to any interested citizen.

It is based on the dual nature of cooperatives: Social - Economic and consequently the dual nature of cooperative education: Ideological – Financial/Technical.

The UnivSSE educational methodology is based on the principles of adult learning:

1. Ideas are linked to action
2. The focus of the educational process is the student
3. Learning by discovery
4. Critical thinking
5. Two-way interaction between teacher - student

Cornerstone is the constant interaction between theory and practice because "it is not enough for thought to strive for realization, reality must itself strive towards thought."

The attendance is free.

Broadcast archive of the People's University operates on the channel "UnivSSE" in "Mixcloud".

Lecture videotheque of the People's University operates on the channel "LaikoPanepistimio" in "YouTube".

Who we are

Angelou Lazaros, Telecommunications Engineer MSc
Albanis Triantafyllos, Professor of Environmental Protection, Vice Rector, University of Ioannina
Argyropoulos Nikos, Assoc. Professor of Organic Chemistry, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Georgopoulos Alexandros, Professor of Environmental Education, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Douvitsa Ifigenia, PhD in Cooperative Law Sociology, Instructor, Democritus University of Thrace
Thanou Mina, Entrepreneur
Theodosopoulou Dora, Freelance Professional
Kavoulakos Karolos-Joseph, Ass. Professor, Dept. of Political Science, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Mitrousi Ioanna, Freelance Professional
Bellis Vasilis, Chemical Engineer, General Director of Development Agency of Karditsa (ANKA)
Blekas Giorgos, Assoc. Professor of Food Chemistry, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Nikolaou Kostas, Adj. Professor of Environmental Planning, Hellenic Open University
Oikonomou Andreas, Ass. Professor of Psychology, School of Pedagogical and Technological Education (ASPETE)
Papaioannou Stavros, Ass. Professor of Mathematics and Political Economy, Technological Educational Institute of Central Macedonia - Serres
Papafilippou Aspa, PhD in Cooperatives Sociology
Tzakou Anna, Architect, MSc in Environmental Planning
Tremopoulos Michalis, Lawyer, MA in Social Ecology


People’s University of Social Solidarity Economy
UnivSSE Coop