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Greek Universities Divided On New Higher Education Bill Changes

The bill on changes in higher education has been dismissed by the University of Athens. It is said that university professors reacted strongly to certain provisions, at the Senate’s meeting. Indeed, some supported that even if the law passes, they won’t let it be applied. The assistance of students is needed, too. Many universities around Greece have already asked the vigilance of the academic community, even in the summer season. The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki has already decided to remain open throughout July, organising informative events where academics, who reacted to the bill, will express their views.
The academic community has been divided into two sides. Several academics are trying to collect signatures on the new framework law promoted by the government for universities.  133 academics have already signed a document supporting several provisions of the law, believing that they should not miss the opportunity for changes in tertiary institutions which need them as soon as possible. However, another text signed by academics promotes the rejection of the bill.
It is recalled that the Greek National Federation of University Professors (POSDEP) together with the Federation of  TEI Teachers (TEI BSEC) and representatives of Greek researchers, in their last meeting with the Minister of Education, where they wanted to find a consensual solution on university topics was expressed, decided to insist on the efforts to amend provisions, until the very last minute when the bill will be debated in Parliament in late August.

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