Summer 2019: Oxford goes to Athens
Athens, a city named after the goddess of wisdom, the birthplace of democracy and the home of ancient philosophers, is a fitting location to hold the Oxford Global Summit for Young Leaders. The Acropolis and Parthenon dominate the skyline of modern Athens. Ancient ruins, such as The Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Agora, the Roman Agora and Hadrian’s Library stand impressively amongst the neoclassical buildings in the historical centre. Visiting these sights and the magnificent collections in the Acropolis Museum and the National Archeological Museum can be awe-inspiring. Equally, if not more, powerful, is the experience of sitting in the shade of an olive tree on Pnyka hill, where the principles of democracy were first thrashed out, followed by a stroll to the rocks where St Paul addressed the Athenians centuries later.
Byron College is named after the British poet whose heart was captured by Greece, by its history, its ancient ruins, its light and its people. Founded more than thirty years ago on the principles of international understanding, equality and respect, Byron College is a member of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS), with students hailing from over fifty different countries around the world. The ethos of the school make it an ideal choice for a co-organiser and host of the Oxford Global Summit for Young Leaders, as it recognises the development of strong leadership skills as a prerequisite to future success while encouraging its pupils to become creative, resilient, independent critical thinkers who can communicate their ideas, listen to others and learn the art of compromise and negotiation.
Early bird (closing 31st March): 720 Euros
Registration (closing 31st May): 800 Euros
The registration fee includes access to all summit seminars and events, course materials, as well as a cooked lunch and two snacks every day of the programme.
Please note that accommodation and flights are not included in the price. All students and faculty advisors will be required to find their own accommodation, but we are of course happy to recommend places to stay near the summit venue.
Situated in the residential North Eastern suburbs of Athens only a twenty-five minute metro ride from the historical centre, Byron College is a modern two-story building with air conditioned classrooms and hall surrounded by basketball and volleyball courts as well as a football pitch. Wi-fi is available throughout the school site.
The nearest metro station is Doukissis Plakentias, and a shuttle bus will be provided to transport delegates from there to Byron College every day of the summit.
The metro journey from Syntagma (Constitution Square, in central Athens) to Doukissis Plakentias is, at the most, 25 minutes. The metro runs frequently and is clean and efficient. It is also the same line that goes on to the airport. A block of ten tickets (enough for the week) costs 14 euros.
For students and chaperones arriving at the airport, the cost of a metro ticket into the centre of Athens is 10 euros and takes around 40 minutes. Bus rides into Syntagma from outside Arrivals currently cost 8 euros with the advantage that they run every twenty minutes, 24 hours a day, whereas the metro stops between midnight and 6am most nights. A taxi into the centre is a flat rate of 35 euros (excluding a 3 euro toll charge).
During the summit week (1-5 July), the days will run from 9am–5pm. After 5pm, aside from optional activities on two out of the five evenings, students are encouraged to explore the great sights that Athens has to offer.
Students’ safety and welfare are very important to us. As such, we ask that they be accompanied by chaperones (parents or faculty advisors) who will be able to ensure their safety and tend to their pastoral needs. We will have a medic on site during the course of the programme, and first-aid kits will be available at Byron College. The local area is very safe.