Min­is­ter open to tweak­ing univer­sity over­haul scheme

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Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Con­stanti­nos Ar­van­i­topou­los said yes­ter­day that he was open to amend­ing a pro­posed scheme for stream­lin­ing the coun­try’s higher ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem which has been the fo­cus of ve­he­ment crit­i­cism by aca­demics and some politi­cians.

Ar­van­i­topou­los called on direc­tors of univer­si­ties and tech­ni­cal col­leges to sub­mit pro­posed changes and also en­cour­aged them to seek pri­vate spon­sor­ship and cre­ate English-lan­guage de­part­ments in or­der to at­tract pay- ing stu­dents from abroad and raise fur­ther fund­ing.

The min­is­ter said that some of the planned trans­fers of univer­sity and tech­ni­cal col­lege fac­ul­ties to other univer­sity cam­puses – a pro­posal which has cre­ated up­heaval for stu­dents and aca­demics alike – would be sus­pended.

The aim of the over­haul, dubbed Athena, is to al­low a larger num­ber of stu­dents to en­ter pop­u­lar fac­ul­ties while abol­ish­ing un­der­per­form­ing de­part­ments to cut back on state spend­ing.

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