With the Greek Aegean islands, having received an unprecedented number of migrants and refugees in 2015, most of them hailing from Syria, the Greek Aegean University is considering enrolling refugees in its various departments.
Aegean University Dean Stefanos Gritzalis told ProtoThema that the goal is to internationalize the university and to respond based on the realities that have developed on these islands. Gritzalis plans to establish a framework that will help students transition to learning in the Greek language and choose their appropriate field of study.
The Aegean University consists of departments located on the islands of Lesvos, Samos, Chios, Rhodes, Syros and Limnos.
The Council of the Aegean University decided that it will send a letter to the European Commission and the Council of Europe to inform them on their plan and emphasize the necessity of inclusion of these refugees in European society.
Furthermore, the Council of the university will ask the Greek Ministry of Culture to grant this request to enroll more students than the official limit.