The reform of the Greek university. “Crisis” management and the paradigm change

Issue 28

“The reform of the Greek university. “Crisis” management and the paradigm change”

Georgios Pasias & Eleni Prokou

Pages 75 – 107

Abstract

The argument of the paper is that during the period 2011-2015, policies for the reform of higher education in Greece have been developed in the context of the European Agenda as well as of the economic crisis. These policies have been influenced by European education policies (Bologna Process and the Lisbon Strategy) referto the following issues: a) mobility, attractiveness and internationalisation of the University, b) promotion of lifelong learning and the policies of accreditation through the generalisation of ECTS and the introduction of EQF, c) quality assurance and accountability, d) promotion of “new public management”, e) linking education and research with the labour market, f) promotion of interdisciplinarity, innovation and excellence, g) reduction of state funding in relation to the outcome of evaluation. The reform was also influenced by the phenomenon of economic crisis, and part of these policies were associated with the measures of fiscal adjustment, which referred to mergers, partitions and repeals of Universities, Schools and Departments, and to reduction of state funding (reductions of teaching and dministrative staff, remarkable reduction of university funding, reduction in research funds etc.).

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