University of York responds to Brexit with Greece partnership

A new University of York campus in Greece will see over 700 students enrol in autumn 2021

The University of York has established a physical presence in Greece thanks to a partnership with English-speaking higher education provider CITY College in Thessaloniki.

The provider will offer undergraduate, postgraduate, MBA and doctoral programmes, across a range of subject areas, including English studies, psychology, business administration and economics, and computer science, leading to University of York degrees.

The initiative is part of York’s plan to form bonds with European institutions in response to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU at the end of 2020.

University of York’s University Teaching Committee will work with staff at CITY College to co-develop new programmes across European regions, establish joint research and supervision opportunities, develop new staff exchanges and student work or study abroad placements, and share access such as library resources.

“Building on our shared values, the relationship will have the public good at its core – contributing to the development of people, societies and economies, extending opportunity and access for all,” said The University of York’s vice-chancellor Professor Charlie Jeffery.

This is the first campus of a British university in Greece and its creation shows the determination of the University of York to forge strong strategic alliances in Europe to support education and research – Kate Smith, British Ambassador to Greece

“The Europe Campus CITY College is a flagship initiative supporting the University’s ethos of internationalism. It will provide a physical presence for the University of York in Europe, and provide a hub for the whole University to connect with academic, government and corporate networks throughout south east Europe and adjacent regions.”

The British Ambassador to Greece, Ms Kate Smith, said: “I am delighted to see the University of York and CITY College coming together to establish a Europe Campus in Greece.

“I have got to know City College well in the last few years, as a truly dynamic institution and leading provider of British higher education in Greece and the Southern Balkan region. It’s no surprise therefore an institution of the quality and prestige of the University of York has partnered with CITY.

“This is the first campus of a British university in Greece and its creation shows the determination of the University of York to forge strong strategic alliances in Europe to support education and research. I am confident this new partnership will be tremendously successful, and that it will forge the way for even wider and deeper educational collaboration between UK and Greece – and the wider region – in the coming years.”

York already has a partnership with Maastricht University to deliver major research collaborations, student exchanges and joint education programmes.

Last week, Oxford Brookes University also announced it would be running five new courses in Greece as part of its institutional partnership with the UK-accredited Metropolitan College, Greece.


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Main image: University of York Campus West from above. Credit: University of York/Joe Burn and Andy Carman 2018

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