Athena Project to Reform Academic Sector

billAccording to the Education Minister Costas Arvanitopoulos, many reforms are designed to be implemented in the sector of education within the framework of the Athena project sponsored by the government.

The minister said that education issues are of national importance and upgrading public universities is a top priority. He stated that Greece has too many universities, 40 for a country of 11 million people, and that the country needs to consolidate or merge schools to reduce costs.

According to Arvanitopoulos’ published plan, a federal university is to operate in Athens, meeting the university stereotypes of Britain and France, named Adamantios Korais, which will include the Agricultural University, Economics, Panteion and Harokopio University and the University of Piraeus.

Moreover, 12 Greek cities will no longer have any faculties within their region. The teaching staff and the employees of the departments to be merged or absorbed will be fired or displaced. The students of these departments will continue their studies until graduation, but will be transferred to the department that will absorb their own. The same thing will apply to teachers and employees.

Arvanitopoulos highlighted that the objectives of the ministry are to strengthen free public education, upgrade institutions, and show some serious interest in the young and their families’ expectations. The reforms aim at university degrees that will provide students with hopes and strong potential in the labor market, and not degrees that lead to unemployment.


  1. “The reforms aim at university degrees that will provide students with
    hopes and strong potential in the labor market, and not degrees that
    lead to unemployment.”

    Exactly right. We don’t need any more “social scientists”, tourism “degrees”. or humanities courses that amount to post modernist pseudo-intellectual hot air.  We need mathematicians, engineers, physicists, biologists, geneticists and other hard core scientists that can produce goods and ideas that improve quality of life.

  2. Something that should have been done years ago, there are too many below par universities, lecturers and so called academics who are only there to scrounge off the government. Leaving those that are interested in education and do care about their students to take up the slack.  Still better late than never I suppose, and I’ll be listening to the screaming and tantrums (from those who don’t think they should work for a living) to come with glee. 

  3. You also need to utilise the knowledge of those of us in the Diaspora who have taught at universities and who could help, especially re distance education/ on line learning

  4. Rather than the ~40 universities that exist, Greece would be far better off with 10 high-standard, well funded, reliable universities.

  5. In theory I see where 40 universities may look a lot. But it depends on what they are teaching and how well. Still, a reduction may be viable BUT… The regional universities cannot be anything but amalgamated with others in their own immediate region. So how would this all work? Any ideas anyone?


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