In the week of November 23, 2015, Professor Sir Keith Burnett CBE FRS FLSW, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield visited Thessaloniki to join the graduation ceremony of the International Faculty of the University of Sheffield, CITY College. During his visit the Vice Chancellor met with the Mayor of Thessaloniki and his team, as well as with ministers, ambassadors and other distinguished people of the whole SEE region. Following his visit, the VC wrote a powerful message which reflects the dynamics and the potential of the city:
“This week I met the mayor of Thessaloniki: what a meeting. It was the best meeting I’ve had in some time, but it was also the worst.
It was the best, firstly because the mayor is a wonderful and truly wise man, who some say would be prime minister of Greece, if he were not already in his seventies. It was also the best because I felt the commitment of the mayor’s team to help the rising tide of people entering Europe through Greece. They are doing this with a powerful spirit of humanity that made me feel privileged to be with them. … ”
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Sir Keith Burnett, CITY College principal Yannis Ververidis and the mayor of ThessalonikiProfessor Sir Keith Burnett; mayor of Thessaloniki; CITY College principal Yannis Ververidis