Greece’s Minister of State Nikos Pappas will travel to Scotland in June to receive an award in recognition of his contribution to the economy, politics and society by the students’ association from Strathclyde University in Glasgow.
Pappas was awarded a PhD at Strathclyde University in 2013, after composing a thesis about the macroeconomic impact of projected population changes in Greece.
President of the University of Strathclyde Students’ Association Gary Paterson characterized Pappas’ work as “inspiring,” taking into consideration the Minister’s current efforts to “rebalance the economic injustices facing working people.”
Being delighted by the fact that Pappas will return to his university to inspire the students of Scotland in the fight for a fairer society across Europe, Paterson said: “Nikos takes part in a movement that is now setting examples across our continent and showing us the need for a public economy that works for all people with close ties to grassroots communities.”
And he continued: “Scotland has a lot of parallels with Greece, which is seeing a massive movement for change with the previously disenfranchised. On the back of the referendum, and as we move into post-election Scotland with a UK Government committed to austerity, there are many lessons we must learn from Greece.”