15 Facts About Anastasios Christodoulou


Anastasios Christodoulou, often known as Chris Christodoulou, was a British-based Greek Cypriot university administrator.

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Anastasios Christodoulou was the Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities and the Foundation Secretary of the Open University.

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Anastasios Christodoulou was born in Cyprus in 1932, the oldest of three sons of Yianni Christodoulos, a cobbler, and his wife, Maria, nee Haji.

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Anastasios Christodoulou came to London when he was three to join his father who was working as a kitchen porter in Soho.

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Anastasios Christodoulou hardly knew his mother, who died giving birth to twin sons, who lived.

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Anastasios Christodoulou lived with his father above a Soho restaurant and early on displayed a precocious intelligence.

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Anastasios Christodoulou went to a local primary school aged five, not knowing a word of English, but by half-term was interpreting for much of the local Greek Cypriot community.

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Anastasios Christodoulou had to overcome various disputes between course teams, the BBC, and regional organisers.

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Anastasios Christodoulou's proved to be deeply sceptical about the academic standards of the OU, believing that students could get degrees just by ticking boxes, because some courses included multiple-choice questions.

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Anastasios Christodoulou was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1978 Queen's Birthday Honours.

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Anastasios Christodoulou was the Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities from 1980 to 1996.

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Anastasios Christodoulou was a Trustee of Richmond, The American International University in London, and in 1997 received an honorary doctorate in International relations from that university.

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Anastasios Christodoulou received honorary doctorates from the University of Ottawa and the University of Auckland.

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Shortly before his death Anastasios Christodoulou returned to the village where he had been born but was unhappy to discover that it had been occupied by Turkish troops.

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Anastasios Christodoulou died from cancer at the General Hospital, Milton Keynes, on 20 May 2002.

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