Promoting culture and solidarity, Metropolitan College has established “from the heart”, a social responsibility programme deriving from College’s mentality and willingness for multifaceted action. Metropolitan College is aiming to join forces with humanitarian organizations (“The Smile of the Child “, “SOS Children’s Villages”, “Ark of the world” etc.) and socially vulnerable groups.
Corporate Social Responsibility
Metropolitan College is an academic institution which handles social matters and people in need with care, sensitivity and responsibility.
Coeurs pour tous Hellas
“Coeurs pour Tous Hellas” is a charity institution addressing to children suffering from congenital heart disease in Greece founded by the greek-swiss cardiovascular surgeon Professor Afksendiyos Kalangos. Metropolitan College donated part of the tuition fees for the 2019-20 academic year. The initiative was concluded with the handing over of a €11.455 cheque to «Coeurs pour Tous Hellas» Chairman, Professor Afksendiyos Kalangos.
Member of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network
Metropolitan College supports the initiatives and activities of the SDSN for the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), concerning
Good Health and Well-being, Quality Education, Affordable and Clean Energy, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, Reducing Inequality, Climate Action issues etc
As a Member of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Metropolitan College runs research related projects and initiatives through its various programmes of studies.
Mobility impairments awareness project
Participating in the European Mobility Week festivities of Larissa city, Metropolitan College Psychology, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy departments of Larissa Campus, organized a social experiment project, concerning the mobility issues and challenges wheelchair users come up against while trying to move from one part of the city to another.
During the project, Metropolitan College students were inviting people to follow a short-distance route with obstacles, sitting on a wheelchair. The goal was to raise awareness and help people experience on their own the difficulties a person on a wheelchair has to deal with, and eventually change their perspective and mindset.
Supporting the Cancer Patients Association of Larissa
Metropolitan College stands by the cancer patients in Larissa city and supports the association’s activity and goals. This partnership also includes Metropolitan College initiatives concerning early diagnosis and medical check-up awareness.
Diabetes Awareness Campaign
Aiming to raise awareness of a major health issue, Nursing department of Metropolitan College’s Faculty of Health Sciences raised awareness and about Diabetes, outstanding the significance of prevention. During the open-space event which took place in front of Municipal Theatre of Piraeus, Nursing Students of the BSc (Hons) Nursing programme of study, accompanied by their academic supervisor Mrs Rekleiti Maria, informed people of all ages offering tailor made advice according to each person’s health profile. The event was conducted under the auspices of Piraeus Municipality, as well as the scientific support of the Hellenic Medical Society for the Study of Risk Factors in Vascular Diseases (Ε.Μ.Πα.Κ.Α.Ν.).
Charity Christmas Bazaar
Following the annual tradition, one week before Christmas, students of all Campuses voluntarily organized and participated in Metropolitan College’s charity Christmas bazaar. Handmade accessories, charms, designs, everyday objects, as well as “Make a Wish” Stars for Wishes. All profits were donated to local humanitarian organizations and charity institutions for the support and protection of children and disabled people.
Academic Partner of the "Small Places Big Dreams" education project
Metropolitan College supported the “Small Places Big Dreams”, an initiative by the NPO Mexoxo. As the official Academic Partner of this project, Metropolitan College offered educational content and mentorship services, in order to help 300 women working in the tourism industry to develop their digital skills.
Participation in the WishStar Program of Make-Α-Wish Greece
Metropolitan College supports the Make-Α-Wish Greece organization by participating in the WishStar program, donating the proceeds of the annual charity Christmas Bazaar to Make-Α-Wish Greece for the adoption of a child’s wish. Make-A-Wish is a non-profit organisation that helps children with critical illnesses to enlighten their lives by making their wishes come true.
Lymphedema Laboratory for the Association of Cancer Patients in Larissa
Metropolitan College created a state-of-the-art Lymphedema Laboratory in Larissa where patients of the Association of Cancer Patients can schedule their checkup for free. At the same time, this lab offers students the opportunity for clinical practice. Laboratory’s operational services are directed by Metropolitan College BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy Programme Leader, Dr. Vasilopoulou Theodora, specialized in lymphedema.
SOS Children's Villages support
Metropolitan College partners with SOS Children’s Villages of Crete and supports their charity programme. In this context, Metropolitan College provides educational and training seminars to Children’s Village workers with emphasis on the Psychology and Special Education fields. Additionally, Metropolitan College students offer voluntary work during events and activities organized by the SOS Children’s Village.
On the occasion of the World Physical Activity Day 2019, the Sports Coaching and Physical Education Department of the School of Health of Metropolitan College in Piraeus organized an outdoor interactive event about the benefits of physical activity. During the event, Sports Coaching and Physical Education students invited passers-by to engage in mild gymnastics, while at the same time they were informing them about the benefits of daily exercise. Within the framework of the event, a relevant information brochure was distributed, including the professional advice of the Department’s academic staff.
Special Me, You, All
On the occasion of the World Disabled Day 2018, Metropolitan College organized the special action “Special Me, You, All” in the heart of the city of Piraeus, aiming at informing and raising the public awareness about the people with special needs. Students of Special Education, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy Departments, led by their qualified academics, invited citizens to participate in short experiential activities, aiming raise awareness about the challenges that people with disabilities face in their daily lives. By using specific stimuli, participants had the opportunity to experience the everyday life of a person with Blindness, Kinetic Disability and Deafness for a few minutes.
At the beginning of each academic year, Metropolitan College announces the year’s scholarships, mainly addressed to students from sensitive social groups, such as single parent families, families with very low income, students with special needs, athletes etc. The scholarships programme is announced each year in the Press, as well as in Metropolitan College’s official website, and it is mainly addressed to NGOs, such as SOS Children’s Villages, Greek Olympic Winners Society, Cancer Support Community “Be Strong” etc.
Speech Therapy sessions for families with low income
The Department of Speech Therapy contributes to Marousi Municipality social work by hosting and handling cases of young children with learning and speech difficulties, at no expense for the child’s family. All cases are handled by the Speech Therapy final year students, under the supervision of the academics of the Department.
Environmental issues are a matter of living and daily habits and we can all contribute to their elimination with small acts. Embracing and aiming to raise respect for the environment, has adopted a “green” rejecting waste policy practice and encourages students to recycle paper, plastic, aluminium and glass objects. For this purpose, recycling bins have been placed in all Metropolitan College campuses.
Special Olympics World Summer Games 2011
The students of the BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy programme participated as volunteers in the Special Olympics World Summer Games 2011, which took place in Athens between June 25 and July 4.
Blood Donors Support
Metropolitan College supports the National Association of Blood Donors by contributing to the production of their special promotional publication “Give Blood, Save a Life”, through advertising.