Opposition leader calls for autonomous universities

Greece needs modern, autonomous universities that will serve an open society, New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in an article published in Kathimerini newspaper’s Sunday edition, in which he urged people to block a government bill on universities that will "turn back the clock many years", reports

"The walls that some are rushing to build, we will break them down, and give universities back to the students and professors. Not to university party cadres and the unions that have been using them for their own advantage for decades," he was quoted as saying, AMNA reported.

Instead of fixing problems in higher education, the government is doing all it can to increase the power of political parties in the universities by re-establishing student participation in management bodies, he said. "And with representatives who will not be elected by a universal vote but will be nominated by student factions," he added.
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