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University of York and CITY College establish new campus in Europe

Posted on 8 December 2020

The University of York is to establish a new Europe Campus in Greece after signing a major strategic alliance with CITY College, which will see more than 700 students enrol in autumn 2021.

The partnership will see York awarding degrees across a range of subject areas

CITY College, a leading provider of UK degrees based in Thessaloniki, Greece, will offer undergraduate, postgraduate, MBA and doctoral programmes, leading to University of York degrees.

The partnership builds on York’s strategic response to the forthcoming withdrawal of the UK from the EU and reflects an ambition to continue to build innovative partnerships with European institutions.


It follows York’s other European partnership with Maastricht University, created in 2017, to deliver major research collaborations, student exchanges and joint education programmes.

The two institutions will build the relationship 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.

The University of York’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Charlie Jeffery said: “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.

“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.”


Yannis Ververidis, Principal of CITY College, added:“We are delighted to be starting a new era for CITY College with the creation of the University of York Europe Campus. After 30 years of successfully delivering UK higher education we have the opportunity to connect our region with one of the world’s top universities and support our shared ambition to build capacity and contribute to the development of our societies.” 

The partnership will see York awarding degrees across a range of subject areas, including English Studies, Psychology, Business Administration and Economics, and Computer Science. 

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.


Director, British Council Greece, Mrs Anastasia Andritsou, said: “We have worked closely with CITY College over many years and have seen how its vision and determination to deliver top-quality higher education has allowed it to grow and shine during its 30-year history.

“I am pleased to know that it has moved another step ahead by establishing the Europe Campus of the University of York. I am also delighted that a top UK University, the University of York, is establishing a base in the region and I am confident that together they will continue to transform the UK transnational education (TNE) and develop new and exciting opportunities for student mobility and internationalisation”.

Further information:

  • The University of York is a high-performance, research-intensive Russell Group university and one of the world’s premier institutions for inspirational and life-changing research. The University’s focus on teaching and research excellence has resulted in consistently high rankings in the UK and a first-class reputation across the globe.
  • CITY College is an English-speaking education institution based in Thessaloniki with satellite activities in a number of other countries. It is widely recognised for its academic excellence delivering teaching and research to support the development of societies and economies across the region for more than 30 years.  
  • University of York’s University Teaching Committee has responsibility for oversight of academic standards, including programme design and approval, teaching and assessment standards. This will be supported through liaison officers from academic departments from York working with colleagues in CITY College.

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