Greek Minister of Education Andreas Loverdos will meet with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Deputy Prime Minister Evangelos Venizelos to discuss the issue of university self-financing through research and tuition fees for undergraduate studies in English for foreigners.
As the Greek Education Minister stated, revenues from universities will not be included in the state budget so the universities will be more autonomous and generate more revenues.
The minister has also requested — and received a positive response from schools of philosophy — to establish undergraduate departments for foreigners in English where the students will have have to pay tuition fees. He believes that these departments could be set up in border areas to attract foreign students who will pay to study in Greek universities.
In regards to private universities, the minister said that they could not be established due to Article 16 of the Constitution, but made reference to one of his old suggestions. “We do not need to refer to a private legal entity, we can refer to legal persons in a third category, the universities, and this third category is neither part of public nor private law. This proposal had not been heard. It was overridden, but now it is starting to resurface. I do not know whether we will be able to revise the Constitution, but I do know that we need students to come to Greece.”
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