Government pushes college-university merger plans

Greek Education Minister Costas Gavroglou is pressing on with plans to merge technical colleges with universities despite protests by both teachers and students, writes Apostolos Lakasas for Ekathimerini.

The move is seen as part of plans by the government to gain popularity in the run-up to elections – which are scheduled for October but expected earlier – by appointing new academic staff to the expanded institutions.

There are objections, chiefly by staff at universities slated for mergers. Staff at the International Hellenic University in Thessaloniki oppose plans to merge it with three technical colleges. The Hellenic Open University has collected 3,000 signatures against plans to merge it with the Patras technical college after the city’s university rejected a merger.
Full report on the Ekathimerini site