The Maritime Academy of Metropolitan College marks the beginning of a new era in the shipping industry

maritime newsThe official launch of the Maritime Academy of Metropolitan College in collaboration with Solent University, the world's leading naval academy based in Southampton, Britain, was celebrated at an impressive event at the Athens Concert Hall. The Maritime Academy of Metropolitan College will begin operating from the new academic year 2018-2019 in the brand new College facilities in the heart of Piraeus, covering 3,500m².

In the presence of more than five hundred guests, including the Minister of Shipping and Island Policy, Mr Panagiotis Kourouplis, the New Democracy Chief of Shipping and Island Policy Division, Mr Ioannis Plakiotakis, the Mayor of Piraeus, Mr Ioannis M. Moralis, ship owners and executives of the largest shipping groups worldwide, representatives of institutional bodies and Chambers, academics and representatives of the press and culture, Metropolitan College celebrated the launch of a new era for private education, concluding a grandiose enterprise and materializing a joint strategy between the two institutions commensurate with their size and reputation.

The event was co-ordinated by the journalist Ms Popi Tsapanidou. The honorary guest was Captain Panagiotis Tsakos, Founder and President of TSAKOS GROUP, who was awarded an honorary Doctoral degree in maritime training by Solent University for his valuable contribution to the Marine and Shipping industry. The award was presented by Professor Graham Baldwin, Rector of Solent University, in the presence of Professor Syamantak Bhattacharya, Dean of the Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering, Jo Nesbitt, Director of the Department of International Relations at the University, and Professor Dinos Arcoumanis, former Ambassador of Greece on Energy Policy, former Vice- Rector of City University, London and Chairman of the Academic Board of Metropolitan College.

Metropolitan College has entered into collaboration with Solent's world-leading maritime academy, Southampton's 70-year-old Solent University Warsaw School of Maritime Science and Engineering, with the aim of delivering comprehensive Naval and Maritime Education with an international perspective. The new MARITIME ACADEMY covers the whole range of maritime training, starting with merchant navy officers (masters and engineers), Yacht and Superyacht officers and crews and offering undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Shipping and Port Management. In addition, Metropolitan College is collaborating with the Professional Yachting Association (PYA) to provide specialized certifications with international recognition in the fields of Yacht and Superyacht.

Mr Constantinos Rodopoulos, President of Metropolitan College, noted in his speech: "We are pleased to announce the establishment of Metropolitan College Naval Academy this evening, in collaboration with Solent University in Southampton. The Naval Academy - which will work to complement state academies - starts this autumn and aims to raise the level of training for seafarers, and in particular for seniors and senior crews, masters and engineers. In addition, it will be the first time in Greece that an Academy will educate and re-educate people in the wider Yachting area, a pioneering move by Metropolitan College."

Captain Panayiotis Tsakos, deeply excited, commented upon receipt of his awards: "It is a great honour to be awarded by Metropolitan College and Solent University. However, even more important is the decision of the College to establish the Naval Academy in Piraeus, which fills a gap in our industry. I wish Metropolitan College every success."

The establishment of the private Maritime Academy marks a new era for Metropolitan College and Greek education, giving the opportunity to young people to attend one of the world's best maritime academies without leaving their country.