Staffordshire University expands global network with new partnership in Greece

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Staffordshire University has entered an exciting new partnership with UNICERT College of Athens to deliver its postgraduate courses in Greece.

A brand-new campus has been purpose built at UNICERT College offering a first-class learning environment for three of Staffordshire University’s postgraduate programmes.The first cohort of students will be welcomed onto degrees in MSc in Digital Marketing Management, MSc in Computer Science (Software Development) and MSc in Computer Science (Cyber Security) and UNICERT College has ambitious goals for Staffordshire University courses.

Professor Liz Barnes CBE DL, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Staffordshire University, said: “UNICERT and Staffordshire University enjoy a shared commitment to the development of employability skills, as well as a passion for lifelong learning. We welcome this opportunity to establish our presence within the great nation of Greece, and we are delighted to welcome UNICERT to our Connected University community.”

D Group has a wide network of local colleges throughout Greece delivering business focussed qualifications. It was attracted to Staffordshire University’s high teaching standards, recognised with a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF), as well as high levels of student employability and satisfaction.

Dr Dimitris Derpanis, President of D Group, said: “At UNICERT, we want to appeal to ambitious professionals, people who value and seek development and knowledge and have set themselves high goals. It is a College, which prides itself on keeping pace with the modern trends. UNICERT College offers innovative university degree programmes and is pioneering the use of new technologies which are a key feature of its modern facilities.”

More than 11,000 people study Staffordshire University degrees overseas and the

University has long-standing partnerships with international universities, colleges and educational organisations in countries including China, Vietnam, and the United States.

Diane Glautier, Director of Collaborative Academic Partnerships at Staffordshire University, added: “We are delighted to be entering a new partnership with UNICERT College to establish postgraduate opportunities in Greece. Staffordshire University has a history of working in both Cyprus and Greece and we are excited to be strengthening our links with this region. This is a fantastic opportunity to expand our transnational education activities and continue to develop our network across Europe.

“Despite uncertainty around the Erasmus programme’s future after Brexit, at Staffordshire University we are determined to continue our work with European partners and to provide opportunities for our staff and students in Greece and beyond.”

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Staffordshire University is the Connected University; connected to the needs of students, academic partners, business and society. Our main city campus in Stoke-on-Trent features excellent learning and teaching facilities and good transport links. We have specialist Centres of Excellence in Healthcare Education at Stafford and Shrewsbury.  

We were recognised with a Gold award in the 2019 Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) for delivering consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for students.  

We have been shortlisted for University of the Year at the THE Awards 2020 and were named ‘Midlands University of the Year’ at the Midlands Business Awards 2020. 
Staffordshire University has signed up to the Civic University Agreement, pledging to play a leading role in improving the regional economy and enhancing quality of life in local communities. We were recognised in the top 15 for social inclusion in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021. We aim to be a leading university for digital technologies building on our proud computing heritage and in 2019 launched Staffordshire University London’s Digital Institute which is committed to preparing students for careers in new and emerging tech industries. 

We are a Top 250 Young University (Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020) and are connected globally, with more than 11,000 people are studying Staffordshire University degrees overseas.