Nine hundred foreign academics have expressed their opposition to the policy followed by the government in higher education in Greece and their solidarity to their Greek colleagues, calling on Minister of Education and Lifelong Learning Anna Diamantopoulou to withdraw the bill on educational reform.
The initiative was organized by Greek academics, urging their colleagues to sign a document, shown below, opposing the reforms of Anna Diamantopoulou, via the websites http://supportgreekacademia.wordpress.com/ and http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed. cgi? GRUNIV.
”For the defense of higher education in Greece”
The undersigned of this appeal, we express our solidarity to the Greek academics who oppose the government’s proposed reform of higher education, which undermines the prospect of research and teaching within Greek universities and will be another blow to the afflicted Greek society and economy.
Any process of improving the institutional framework of higher education must take the positions of the academic community into account. We understand that the vast majority of the Senate of the Greek universities, the Conference of Rectors of Greek universities and all local associations of university teachers have publicly expressed their opposition to government proposals.
We urge the Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou and Minister for Education, Lifelong Learning and Religion Anna Diamantopoulou:
(A) to not pass the bill towards the direction the government has developed, as it will have devastating consequences in Higher Education