Ex­cel­lence vs mis­ery

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Greece has pro­duced many bril­liant minds. Even to­day, in the midst of the eco­nomic cri­sis, there are sig­nif­i­cant ex­em­plars of ex­cel­lence at the coun­try’s uni­ver­si­ties. The best minds among them, how­ever, end up de­cid­ing to leave the coun­try be­cause they can’t bear the con­di­tions of mis­ery and medi­ocrity that cast a deep, dark shadow over the Greek univer­sity sys­tem. Rather than strengthen a cul­ture of ex­cel­lence, ex­tro­ver­sion and com­pe­ti­tion, the gov­ern­ment does what­ever it can to im­pose the gilded rule of medi­ocrity and lev­el­ing. No coun­try in the world has ever built a strong econ­omy with­out first mak­ing se­ri­ous in­vest­ments in ed­u­ca­tion so that it can ben­e­fit from its best hu­man cap­i­tal. The gov­ern­ment, how­ever, prefers to bow to its eter­nal univer­sity stu­dent clients and the guild that’s been ap­pointed to var­i­ous aca­demic po­si­tions.

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