University of Sheffield Kosovo
While most of Sheffield’s teaching takes place within sight of the Arts Tower, or on the edge of the city at the AMRC, there is one Faculty which is considerably further afield. This is our International Faculty, the City College, which is based in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second city.
Sheffield has had a connection with Thessaloniki for nearly 25 years. Initially purely as a supportive partner, but in the last ten years this has progressed so that graduates of the College are now joint graduates of City College and the University of Sheffield.
The college is relatively small compared to Sheffield (having around 7,000 alumni) and specialises in a range of degrees – many of which have a business or management focus – and over the last 25 years they have built up a very impressive list of alumni, originally from and now back working across the Balkan states, having gone on to secure positions of real influence and importance in the region.
Our Director of Alumni and Donor Relations, Miles Stevenson, was recently invited to be the Master of Ceremonies for a special alumni event in Prishtina, the capital of Kosovo, one of the key centres from which students travel to Thessaloniki. The event was opened by Mr Kadri Veseli, President of the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo – and a University of Sheffield alumnus himself – who addressed the guests with a short welcome speech.
Over 150 alumni attended the event – with 4 people receiving alumni awards including Mr Kadri Veseli (a likely candidate to be the next Prime Minister) who received the Alumni Award for Leadership and Service, Ms Ganimete Huruglica who received the Alumni Award for Women Leadership, Mr Arben Berbatovci who received Alumni Award for Entrepreneurship, and Mr Lum Zhaveli who received the Alumni Award for Achievement in Sports.
Miles spoke with many of our alumni at the event who expressed the pride they felt for their link to our University – and their desire to network and connect with the wider alumni group around the world.
During the trip Miles also met with alumni in Macedonia, including the current and former Ministers of Education, as well as the Deputy Prime Minister. The fact that so many students from the City College go on to such significant posts is a testament to the excellent work carried out in Thessaloniki, and the unique role Sheffield is playing in the wider region.