On 7 December 2016 , The University of Sheffield International Faculty, CITY College was awarded an Honorary Plaque by the Municipality of Thessaloniki and the Mayor of Thessaloniki, Mr. Yiannis Boutaris, in appreciation of its social action and the support it has provided to socially vulnerable groups. The award ceremony took place during an event organised by the Municipality of Thessaloniki at Macedonia Palace Hotel in order to honour and thank the city’s sponsors and benefactors.
Mayor of Thessaloniki, Mr. Yiannis Boutaris and Deputy Mayor of Social Affairs and Solidarity,
Ms. Calypso Goula with Ms. Ioanna Kapnopoulou, Dr Paschalia Patsala and Ms. Cathy Marazi
The Honorary Plaque came as recognition of social activities organised by the International Faculty during the year of 2016, within the context of the Faculty’s strategic cooperation with the Municipality of Thessaloniki on social action, welfare and solidarity issues; the above actions involved two full Scholarships for our undergraduate programmes offered at our main campus in Thessaloniki as well as an English Language Learning Programme for a group of high-school students.
More specifically, two high-school graduates received a full scholarship and are already studying at the International Faculty attending a Bachelor’s programme of their choice in Thessaloniki. The selection procedure of candidates was based on the evaluation of social and financial criteria, as defined by the Social Service of the Municipality of Thessaloniki, and also on the application and admission requirements of CITY College.
Moreover, in the frame of the above-mentioned cooperation with the Municipality of Thessaloniki, fifteen students aged 12-15 years old who come from financially weak families have been offered the opportunity to attend English classes without any charge. The above students have already enrolled to an English language learning Programme specifically designed for this purpose by the English Studies Department of the International Faculty.
Ms. Ioanna Kapnopoulou, Head of the Marketing, Communications and Recruitment Department represented in the event the University of Sheffield International Faculty, CITY College and proudly received the Honorary Plaque by the Mayor of Thessaloniki, Mr. Yiannis Boutaris. Dr Paschalia Patsala, Head of the English Studies Department and Ms. Cathy Marazi, Lecturer in the English Studies Department also attended the event.
Dr Paschalia Patsala, Ms. Ioanna Kapnopoulou and Ms. Cathy Marazi
Ms Kapnopoulou expressed her gratitude for the award and commented: “We are deeply honoured to accept this Honorary Plaque by the Municipality of Thessaloniki and pleased to see our continuing efforts for social action gaining recognition. At the International Faculty, CITY College, we commit ourselves to keep working toward the support of our community!”
The Mayor of Thessaloniki wholeheartedly thanked the city’s sponsors and benefactors: "With your substantial contribution you have demonstrated in the most practical way the deep sense of social responsibility and your have significantly supported the social work of the Municipality of Thessaloniki." The Deputy Mayor of Social Affairs and Solidarity, Ms. Calypso Goula, addressed a brief welcome note to the honored guests stating that "The cooperation with all of you has been exemplary and your response to the Municipality’s needs has been generous, but mainly / most significantly effective. The sensitivity you have embraced our local community with, may set the example and encourage more private initiatives to the benefit of those in need."
In CITY College, the International Faculty of the University of Sheffield, public engagement lies at the heart of our philosophy, but mainly, of our activities. It is the way our academic community engages with the public and gives back to the society. The various activities of the members the International Faculty aim at the dissemination and application of knowledge, as well as at the support of vulnerable social groups making a valuable and essential contribution to the social setting.