Bid to give universities autonomy

As part of the centre-right government’s plans to overhaul Greece’s higher education system, and basically roll back changes introduced by the former leftist administration, plans are in the works to introduce university councils, writes Apostolos Lakasas for Kathimerini.

According to the provisions, which are to be fleshed out in legislation by the end of the year, each university would have its own council which would oversee various issues related to admissions, the operation of the faculties as well as financial management.

The government aims to reach out to universities for their opinions on the planned reform with Education Minister Niki Kerameus due to meet with Deputy Education Minister Vassilis Digalakis, who has been tasked to cover the higher education sector, and members of the country’s council of rectors. The discussion is expected to focus on four key areas, Kathimerini understands: boosting the autonomy of Greek state universities, embracing international best practices, improving the institutions’ organisational flexibility and reducing bureaucracy.
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