Doubts about eval­u­a­tion at uni­ver­si­ties

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Greek uni­ver­si­ties are essen­tially pass­ing one of the key ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion re­forms in­tro­duced in 2011, which re­quires them to un­dergo in­de­pen­dent as­sess­ment con­ducted by for­eign academics.

Kathimerini un­der­stands uni­ver­si­ties are turn­ing mostly to Greek academics abroad and col­leagues from Cyprus to sit on the seven-mem­ber in­de­pen­dent eval­u­a­tion pan­els. At one in­sti­tu­tion, Cypriot academics have con­ducted 90 per­cent of the as­sess­ments.

The mea­sure was de­signed to open Greek uni­ver­si­ties up to pos­i­tive influences from for­eign in­sti­tu­tions, but the way the eval­u­a­tions are be­ing car­ried out means it is doubt­ful whether it is hav­ing the de­sired ef­fect.

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