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Metropolitan College launches new academic courses of UNIVERSITY OF LONDON [International Programmes]

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A glamorous launch event of the academic courses took place at the British Residence on behalf of Metropolitan College, along with an interesting panel discussion entitled “Greece and the globalization of higher education: prospects and opportunities” with the presence of Mr Andrew Staunton, Deputy Head of Mission of the British Embassy in Greece, Dr. Jan Stockdale, Dean of University of London- International Programmes LSE and many distinguished guests from the academic, law and business community in Greece.

University of London, is one of the leading universities in the world, with a history of 3 centuries, more than 170.000 active students and world famous alumni, such as Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, John Kennedy, Thomas Hardy, Alexander Fleming, Alexander Graham Bell, 74 Nobel laureates, 52 presidents or prime ministers. University of London is a collegiate research university located in London, England, consisting of 17 constituent colleges, 10 research institutes and a number of central bodies, among which LSE, Lοndon Business School, King’s College London, Queen Margaret University etc.

The academic courses will be offered from the academic year 2015-16, when Metropolitan College will provide students with the opportunity to study for the following University of London International Programmes in Greece:

► Bachelor of Laws (LLB) – offered for the first time in Athens
► BSc Economics
► BSc Politics and International Relations.

Mr Andrew Staunton opened the launch event by pointing out the significance of such initiatives for Greece between leading educational institutions, such as University of London and Metropolitan College, especially during the current economic crisis the country is facing.

Dr. Vhyna Ortega, Metropolitan College Head of International Collaborations, welcomed the panel members and guests, and in her speech mentioned that "Metropolitan College, realizing that today knowledge is key to development and lack of it is a major constraint to economic and social progress, is proud to offer local and international students the opportunity to study for a University of London International Programme in Greece, and become competitive in the global job market, as well as capable to contribute to the country’s development".

Dr. Jan Stockdale, Dean of University of London International Programmes at LSE, pointed out the need for specialized and highly qualified professionals in the areas of Economy, International Relations and Law in Greece during the economic crisis. She also mentioned that globalization – and not internalization – of the academic knowledge is necessary in order to achieve process and growth.

Dr. Ilias Bantekas, Professor of International Law, Brunel University, Senior Associate Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London, highlighted that although public tertiary legal education in Greece is of a high standard, it is largely introvert and as a result, the Greek legal profession does not seek avenues to expand Greek legal practice and attract business from abroad. Metropolitan College aims to foster a generation of law graduates with significant business acumen and a capacity to resolve all types of complex legal issues, irrespective of the jurisdiction in which they arise.

Mr Constantinos Rodopoulos, President and CEO of Metropolitan College, mentioned in his closing speech that "mobility in Education is the only thing which can secure stability in our future professional career. Metropolitan College, through this initiative with University of London [International Programmes,] aims to provide young people with the opportunity for educational and academic mobility". Mr Rodopoulos continued by mentioning that "University of London discerned Metropolitan College’s high quality of academic work, and this is a huge recognition of our organization’s great efforts during the last 45 years of education services provision in Greece".

The panel discussion was followed by a reception in the gardens of the British Residence.