Greek scientists lose access to digital journals

Posted in Research on July 3rd, 2015 by steve

Greece“The Internet portal that provides Greek scientists in universities and research institutes with electronic journals from 27 publishers suspended many of its services on 1 July because the government has not provided the funds to keep it going …” (more)

[Alison Abbott, Nature, 2 July]


Salary cut proposal prompts industrial action by academics

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2012 by steve

“An overall 17.5% salary cut proposed by a Greek government desperately seeking €11.8 billion (US$15.4 billion) to balance next year’s budget, has become casus belli – a justification for war – for academics, who are withdrawing their labour …” (more)

[Makki Marseilles, University World News, 16 September]

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What does austerity mean for Greek universities?

Posted in Governance and administration on June 25th, 2012 by steve

“Austerity has hit Greek universities in many ways: University budgets (excluding salaries) have been slashed by more than 50%, leading to serious problems (lack of heating, lack of funding for basic needs). Funding for adjunct faculty has been reduced by almost 70% leading to hundreds of lay-offs …” (more)

[Kostas Skordoulis, Education Activist Network, 24 June]


Styx and stones

Posted in Governance and administration on May 24th, 2012 by steve

“In the midst of crisis, Greece needs its universities now more than ever – but Greek universities cannot serve their country. With a new university law in limbo, they are decaying, increasingly paralysed, barely operating. Ideally, they should be spearheading an effective response to the debt crisis, primarily by educating qualified, self-confident and productive young people. Instead, the universities actually look like the most hopeless component of the Greek crisis …” (more)

[George Th Mavrogordatos, Times Higher Education, 24 May]


Protests delay Greek university reform

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2012 by steve

“As European leaders put the finishing touches to a €130-bn rescue package for Greece’s enfeebled economy, angry demonstrators are blocking university reforms that many researchers believe are crucial to the country’s recovery …” (more)

[Alison Abbott, Nature News & Comment, 24 February]


Greece: Protests erupt over higher education reform

Posted in Governance and administration on September 4th, 2011 by steve

“More than 80 schools and departments are reported to be under occupation by students in Athens, Thessaloniki, Patras, Crete, Jannena and Thrace, as the government faces continued opposition to its higher education reforms, despite MPs uniting to vote for them in parliament …” (more)

[Makki Marseilles, University World News, 4 September]


At least 45 university departments occupied by their students in Greece, gearing up for another winter of discontent

Posted in Governance and administration on August 30th, 2011 by steve

“Only days after the new education bill was voted into law, bringing sweeping changes to Greece’s higher education system (immense funding cuts, abolition of the academic asylum etc), students on the ground have been organising their response …” (more)

[From the Greek Streets, 30 August]


Greece: Reforms to change the nature of universities

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2011 by steve

“… To legitimise its strategy, the government began a campaign to denigrate Greek universities and academics alike. Then it presented a reform bill, which was opposed by the vast majority of university senates, schools and departments, by the Council of University Rectors and by local university teaching unions. The government submitted the reform bill to parliament on 21 July …” (more)

[Giorgos Aggelopoulos and others, University World News, 21 August]


Greek crisis spurs research reforms

Posted in Research on July 5th, 2011 by steve

“‘The threat is very clear’, says Greek native Vassilis Pachnis, a developmental neuroscientist at the UK National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) in London. ‘There is a danger that this financial crisis could damage the status of centres of research excellence in Greece’ …” (more)

[Alison Abbott, Nature News, 4 July]


Opposition to higher education reform grows

Posted in Governance and administration on November 21st, 2010 by steve

“Greece’s largest university has called for the government’s consultation paper on reform to be rejected on the grounds that its proposals would add to higher education’s problems rather than solve them. At another institution, staff held a two-day strike against the proposed reforms …” (more)

[Makki Marseilles, University World News, 21 November]


Academia rejects government reforms

Posted in Governance and administration on October 31st, 2010 by steve

“… Casus belli for the academic community are plans to replace elected university rectors with technocrat managers from outside the academic community; the appointment of foreign academics as rectors of Greek universities; and the replacement of the state financial commitment with private funds …” (more)

[Makki Marseilles, University World News, 31 October]