Metropolitan College receives a Delegation of British Diplomats
A fruitful dialogue about Brexit and its impact on the Higher Education sector
Metropolitan College welcomed Sir Simon McDonald, Permanent Under Secretary and Head of the Diplomatic Service at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and Ms Kate Smith, Ambassador of Great Britain to Greece on an official visit to their main campus in Maroussi.
This formal visit was initiated by the British Embassy in Greece and it was about informing and exchanging views with the senior management of Metropolitan College about the possible implications of Britain's exit from the European Union in the field of Education. The choice of Metropolitan College, the only private educational institution visited by the delegation, was not accidental since it is known to be the largest Transnational Education Provider in Greece and one of the largest in Europe with many years of experience, especially in tertiary education.
In the discussion of the British delegation with the Chairman of Metropolitan College, Konstantinos Rodopoulos, and with Professor Dinos Arcoumanis, Chairman of the Academic Board, and Dimitris Diamantis, Director General of the College, they stressed the British Government's interest in the Educational sector and how the forthcoming Brexit could influence the British Universities' partnerships in the European Union and the thousands of Greek and international students attending British University programmes.
The representatives of Metropolitan College were thankful for holding such an important debate and hoped that the views expressed will help the participating European negotiators and the British Government better understand the terms of Brexit. On the other hand, British officials thanked Metropolitan College for the hospitality and fruitful debate, underlining that the voice of all bodies and organizations involved was taken very seriously, and that the messages they received would be communicated to the appropriate officials and capitalized on.
The views of the representatives of Metropolitan College are expected to supplement the views of all relevant European Institutions, as well as the British Universities themselves, fueling the great debate and negotiation of the forthcoming Brexit, which is underway. It is worth noting that, as a whole, the British academic community has expressed in all tones to the British Government its concerns about the impact of Britain's exit on higher education and scientific research.
This issue is extremely important for Britain, where the educational sector is an important pillar of the British economy, especially at a time when the internationalization of higher education and the mobility of students and academics in the EU are prerequisites for the continuation of many European programmes, dozens of international collaborations, but also for the development and advancement of science.