University rectors ask ministry to reduce admissions in 2018, citing budget cuts

The rectors of the country’s main universities on Wednesday asked Greece’s education ministry to drastically reduce the number of students admitted in the next academic year, saying their underfunded institutions were unable to ensure the quality of courses. Patras University and the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), in particular, said that class sizes should be reduced by 50 pct.

As well as the cuts in funding, universities also noted the large number of academic staff that have retired and not been replaced, lack of facilities and the large numbers of tranfer students they are required to accept.

Apart from Patras and AUEB, substantial reductions have also been requested by the Athens Technical Education Institute (42 pct), University of Piraeus (35.8 pct), Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki (34.1 pct) and National Technical University of Athens (30 pct).