BY ELENI DELLAGRAMMATICAS, DIRECTOR OF THE DRURY CENTER
In July, President Tim Cloyd and his wife, Wendy, traveled to Drury’s home-away-from-home on the Greek island of Aegina to celebrate the 15th year of operation of the Drury Center in Greece (DCG). Alumni of the program joined current and former faculty and staff in celebrating, reminiscing and discussing plans for the future of Drury’s flagship study abroad program.
Since it opened its doors 15 years ago in the city of Volos, the DCG has welcomed nearly 1,000 students from a broad range of disciplines. From semester studies in architecture to short-term programs in business or philosophy, and even independent studies in marine biology, spending time at the DCG has become an integral part of the Drury experience for many.
Operating on the island of Aegina since 2011, programs at the Center challenge students to step out of their comfort zone. Whether it is running in the Athens Classic Marathon, solo travel around Europe or volunteering with the refugee relief effort, the Drury experience in Greece is tailored to the interests of individual students while allowing space for independent exploration and learning.
Time spent studying abroad in Greece–for two weeks or three months–has an immeasurable impact on the way students see and communicate with the world around them. Learning from firsthand observation and engagement with a community different from their own shapes students’ perspectives and leads to insightful and enriching contributions to Drury’s home campus classrooms.
Drury’s commitment to international education is more important today than ever before. We bridge differences and distances when we provide our students the opportunity to travel, to engage with a culture other than their own, and to create and learn in a global context. These experiences will shape their generation’s worldview and encourage them to become citizens who advocate for tolerance and who work toward positive change and growth in their communities and in our society as a whole.