Oxford Brookes University will deliver five more courses from Metropolitan College Greece campuses in Athens and Thessaloniki.
The international partnership between Oxford Brookes and Metropolitan College Greece began in 2019 with six initial undergraduate and postgraduate courses like accounting, allied health, hospitality, and technology.
The five new postgraduate courses will be delivered in architecture, entrepreneurship, medical genetics, real estate investment, and creative writing.
Partnership expansion a response to the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic
Professor Dinos Arcoumanis, Chairperson of the Academic Board at Metropolitan College Greece, observed: “The strengthening of our partnership with Oxford Brookes University, through the delivery by Metropolitan College of five new postgraduate programmes as part of the ongoing strategic plan between the two institutions, comes at a critical time when there is uncertainty about the extent of the pandemic and its impact on the global and national economies.
“Despite the prevailing difficult atmosphere, a significant number of young Greeks have already enrolled in the new Oxford Brookes programmes encouraged by the very successful launch of the partnership last year, the outstanding reputation of Oxford Brookes University in Greece and the market relevance and subject diversity of the new courses.
“The five postgraduate programmes will provide the incoming students with the necessary knowledge and tools for a successful professional career in Greece or abroad, confirming Metropolitan College’s position as the leading provider of TNE education in Greece.”
Commenting on the development, Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University, said: “These new courses meet the demand in Greece for a skilled workforce in areas such as building, real estate, and property, and contribute to expanding access to Higher Education in Greece. Our creative writing and genetics courses, for example, offer a unique opportunity to study these subjects at the postgraduate level in Greece.
“At Oxford Brookes University, we pride ourselves on our global outlook and this is reflected in our strong partnerships with a range of international colleges and institutions. These partnerships enable us to see the world as a connected place, helping us to tackle the challenges of the modern world together. I’m looking forward to seeing our partnership with Metropolitan College continue to grow.”
Oxford Brookes remains ‘closely connected’ with Greece alumni community
So far, 1000 students from Greece have graduated from Oxford Brookes programmes at the University’s Oxford campus.
Professor Fitt noted: “Whether students come to Oxford or choose to study in Greece with our partner Metropolitan College, they become part of our global community for life and many remain closely connected after they graduate through our Greece Alumni Group. We are immensely proud of all our graduates and their achievements.”
Similarly, the school noted thatOxford Brookes University has teaching partnerships in more than 13 countries around the world. And the first students to study through the Metropolitan College partnership gained their Oxford Brookes Masters awards in October 2020.
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