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Education in Greece

National flag of Greece at Drapetsona Beach 2013.
National flag of Greece at Drapetsona Beach 2013.

Since 2010, Greece has been in the media due to its sovereign debt crisis. One of the sectors that was severely affected by the subsequent economy measures was the educational sector.
From January to June 2014, Greece assumed the Presidency of the European Council. Two good reasons for us to shed a light on the education system in this country.
Our webdossier provides information on the following topics:


General Information on Education


Greece The Greek Embassy in Germany provides here some statistical facts and summarizes basic principles of the Greek education system (in German and Greek only).
[Abstract: Editors of Education Worldwide]


Greece The following section on "culture and education" provides a brief introduction to current educational political affairs and basic facts about the educational system in Greece. The site is part of the travel information service of the German Federal Foreign Office. [Abstract: Editors of Education Worldwide]


Greece The German Academic Exchange Service (Deutschen Akademischen Austauschdienstes - DAAD) provides Greek tertiary education and bilateral research cooperation and exchange facts, reports and addresses in German language. The section is part of the service "country information" (<a [...]


Greece The country dossier for Greece, compiled by the International Bureau of Education of the Unesco (IBE), provides information on statistics (from the World Data on Education - WDE), national education reports, education plans and policies, a bibliography (partly with fulltexts) and links to other sources. [Abstract: Editors of Education Worldwide]


Greece This site presents short summaries of the Greek schooling, university and marking system as well as of political associations only in German.
"anabin" is an information database of the German Conference of Ministers of Education - Central Office for Foreign Education (Kultusministerkonferenz - Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen - ZAB). [...]


Greece The website offers the respective country description taken from the following three publications: ´National System Overviews´: This series gives a brief but effective overview of the education systems in 31 countries, from pre-primary level to higher education. Updated twice a year, it also provides information on ongoing reforms and debate in the field of [...]


Authorities in Educational Policy


Greece English information about the Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs are hardly provided. Content in Greek refers to the Ministry’s structure and organization like its four General Secretariats – of Research and Technology, Lifelong Learning, Youth and Religious Affairs. Furthermore it links to information about reforms and examination, a help desk and [...]

A stylised wave with a ship and the lines 'GR 2014 eu'.
Logo of the Greek Presidency of the European Council from January to June 2014.
Copyright: Hellenic Presidency


Greece The General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) in the <a href=http://www.bildung-weltweit.de/bisy.html?a=312>Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs</a> of Greece is e.g. responsible for research cooperation and support in science and technology. At a multilateral level its mission is to harmonize research and technological activities with [...]


Greece The General Secretariat for Youth develops a set of activities and programmes aiming at the core of youth policies and more specifically, in the following sectors: Participation, Information, Leisure, Entrepreneurship. The GSY pays special attention to the cooperation with civil society, especially with youth associations and local authorities that take actions in the [...]


Greece The General Secretariat for Lifelong Learning in Greece operates under the <a href=http://www.bildung-weltweit.de/bisy.html?a=312>Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs</a> and is e.g. responsible for:
- Development and administration of initial and continuing vocational education and training and general non-formal education
- [...]


Greece The Institute of Educational Policy (IEP) was established in 2011 with Public Law 3966 (Government Gazette Α΄ 118/24-05-2011) and is supervised by the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs. IEP operates for the benefit of the public interest as an executive scientific body which supports the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, with the main [...]


Greece Δ.Ο.Α.Τ.Α.Π. (Hellenic NARIC) is an organization supervised by the Hellenic Ministry of Education. It is responsible for the recognition of university or technological degrees that are awarded by foreign Higher Education Institutions (H.E.I.). The Hellenic NARIC is also responsible for providing information about educational systems and [...]


Educational Reports, Statistics, Assessments


Greece Under "Population and Social Conditions" EL.STAT offers data on following educational topics: Primary Education, Secondary Education, Post-secondary Education, Tertiary Education, Special Education, Education expenditure, Lifelong learning. [Abstract: Editors of Education Worldwide]


Greece The Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS) provides the most recent basic data on education in Greece. You will find information on the following issues:
* General information
* Education System
* Participation in education
* Progression and completion in education
* Education expenditures
* [...]


Greece The OECD publishes their educational news from and on a specific country in this section. You will also find publication announcements like e.g. "Education at a Glance", and other studies and reports. [Abstract: Editors of Education Worldwide]


Greece This interactive website is provided by the OECD. It can be used to compare Greece's results from different international educational assessments (PISA, ...) as well as Greece's educational statistics with that of the average OECD results or with the results of other countries. You can create graphs, tables and others, which can be exported as a pdf-document. [...]


Albania; Andorra; Armenia; Austria; Azerbaijan; Belgium; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Croatia; Cyprus [...] This website is run by the "European Higher Education Area" and provides national reports on the status of the Bologna Process since 2003 from about 50 European countries. [Abstract: Editors of Education Worldwide]


Organisations & Professional Associations


Greece The Hellenic Association for Education (HEAd) offers not just a bilateral cooperation with the University of Dundee in an undergraduate and postgraduate programm. It also forces with the Research Centre for Learning & Innovation activities at European and International levels in a number of significant learning innovation projects.
HEAd was founded by the [...]


Greece The main aim of POSDEP since its establishment in 1989 has been to ensure that Greek governments will provide students with public, free university education and that the universities will be totally independent; fiscally, administratively, institutionally. POSDEP is mainly in contact with the Federation of Associations of Technical Institutions (OSEP-TEI) and the [...]


Greece OLME is one of the Civil Servants’ Federations; it consists of 91 local unions and is the only secondary state school teachers union in Greece with more than 55,000 members. OLME was established in 1924 with the purpose to secure teachers’ working rights and to promote Greek culture. Nowadays OLME focuses on:
- The co-ordination of all local unions it [...]


Greece The Teachers' Federation Greece is mainly active in primary education politics and has its seat in Athens. DOE was established in 1922.
Besides its commitment to improve primary education or to protect and promote professional and material interests of primary school teachers other purposes are declared in the <a [...]


Universities & Educational Research


Greece The National Center of Social Research –ΕΚΚΕ- was established in 1959 under the auspices of UNESCO and is the only public institution in Greece dedicated to the social sciences. ΕΚΚΕ is a public law legal entity supervised by the General Secretariat of Research and Technology of the Ministry of Education and religious matters. [...]


Greece The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) was established in October 1995 as a non-profit, non-government, non- partisan organization to promote education and research in applied fields.- This website provides information on the organizational structure, the mission of the institute and its activities: organization of an annual international conference, [...]


Greece The webpage of the Hellenic Educational Society informs about their objectives, functions and provides helpful links (Σύνδεσμοι) on Greek educational institutions in politics and research. There is, too the possibility to have an online insight in already published issues of the 'Pedagogical Review' [...]


Greece HAEA was founded in 2004 and has today around 800 members. Beside organizing and planning of international conferences and programs, HAEA publishes the scientific journal 'Adult Education'. More information towards this and other activities of the association are provided at their homepage in Greek.


Greece The Institute of Educational Policy (IEP) was established in 2011 with Public Law 3966 (Government Gazette Α΄ 118/24-05-2011) and is supervised by the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs. IEP operates for the benefit of the public interest as an executive scientific body which supports the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, with the main [...]


Greece The National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF) is a multidisciplinary Research Centre. Its aim is to perform, finance and support high-level research projects in the areas of humanities and natural sciences. During its years of operation the NHRF has developed and performed research projects in the fields of history, physics, chemistry, material sciences, biology and [...]


Greece "The Association of Greek Researchers is a lobbying association of Greek researchers that are employed in the public research centres and institutes representing the interests of its members." The NGO was established in 1996 and has its seat in Athens. On their webpage they provide information about their activities and offer a list of research instituts that [...]


Greece The oldest institution of higher education in the modern Greek state is the National and Kapodestrian University of Athens, usually referred to simply as University of Athens (UoA). The UoA was founded in 1837 and unites today 8 departments of various faculties. The department for Educational Sciences for example consists of the Faculty of Primary Education and the [...]


Greece The website provides information on internal organisation, history, contemporary research projects and study programs. Unfortunately, some categories have no content. [Abstract: Editors of Education Worldwide]


Greece The Department offers a Program of Postgraduate Studies with the following four specialisations, from which the first one, the third one and the fourth one run at the moment:
1. Social theory, Policy and Practices in Education
2. Educational Psychology – Special Needs Education
3. Language, Art and Culture in Education
4. [...]


Greece The School of Humanities offers nine courses (three undergraduate courses and six postgraduate courses) relating to education and culture. ΣΑΣ organizes international conferences every two years on 'Open and Distance Education'. It has an associate Scientific Union of Adult Education and the Scientific Association. The 'Hellenic Network of Open and [...]


Research Literature & Scientific Journals


Greece Twice a year the online-periodical HPC (Hellenic Pedagogical Cosmos) informs in an rather unusual format and content presentation about educational and pedagogical issues and developments in contemporary Greece. HPC seeks, primarily, to serve the needs of all those Anglophones whose access to educational topics is limited due to the Greek language [...]


Greece This link leads to articles on the topic 'education' of the Journal of Modern Greek Studies published since 1983. It is the only scholarly periodical to focus exclusively on modern Greece. The Journal publishes critical analyses of Greek social, cultural, and political affairs, covering the period from the late Byzantine Empire to the present.
[Abstract: Site [...]

"The Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies (JCEPS) is a peer-reviewed international scholarly journal published by The Institute for Education Policy Studies (IEPS). The free, online version is published in association with the University of Athens (Greece)." Therefore, a focus is on education in Greece. You will also find many articles from Greek researchers in [...]

The German Education Portal provides an integrated search over several databases in Germany and two international databases containing literature from educational research. [Abstract: Editors of Education Worldwide]


Educational Reform in Times of Crisis

A crowd with the persons in the front row holding up a banner with a Greek inscript.
Student protest against educational reforms in Athens, 01.09.2011.

Education Worldwide wants to put a special emphasis on develop­ments in educational policy in relation to the Greek financial crisis. In our section "Educational Reform in Times of Crisis", you will not only find German and international scientific analysis of current processes and information on German-Greek cooperation pro­jects. Furthermore, you will find information for example on the "Athene Plan" adopted in 2013 by the Greek parlament, that decided upon job cuts in the school sector, flexibilisation of higher education personal and the merging of universities - and that entailed a lot of protests.

Die vorliegende Ausgabe des Online-Magazins Denk-doch-mal.de hat als Schwerpunktthema "Berufsbildung in Europa". Die Zeitschrift wird von den Gewerkschaften IG Metall und Verdi herausgegeben. Der Artikel beleuchtet zunächst einige "Merkmale des aktuellen griechischen Bildungssystems", um dann den "Einfluss der europäischen Bildungspolitiken" zu ergründen. Valter Fissaber, [...]


Greece "Education in Crisis" provides under the section 'Country Profiles' > 'Europe' also information on Greece. You will find an overview of past and current issues of changes in the educational system, some facts and data, references to union contacts and publications of other institutions.
[Abstract: Editors of Education Worldwide]

"The case of Greece as the most recent neoliberal experiment can provide valuable insights not only about a generalized attack on the welfare state and the public good, but also about the radical changes in public education that are altering its public mission, vision, and goals. In this paper first we trace the educational landscape in Greece as it emerges both from the [...]

Der Autor ist (2012) Generalsekretär der Griechischen Föderation für Sekundarschullehrer in Griechenland (Greek Federation of Secondary State School Teachers - OLME). Er beschreibt in seinem Artikel die Folgen der EU- und IWF-Politik während der griechischen Wirtschaftskrise (seit 2010) für den Bildungs- und Arbeitssektor in Griechenland. [Zusammenfassung: Redaktion [...]


Greece; Europe Article by Prof. Alexandra Ioannidou from Athen for the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, a foundation which is close to the German political party "Die Linke" (The Left). Ioannidou provides a critical analysis of the educational reforms in Greece which are a direct consequence of the Greek government-debt crisis starting around 2009/2010. [Abstract: Editors [...]


Greece This article provides information on the reforms in the higher education sector in Greece, which were a consequence of the Greek government-debt crisis starting sometime in 2009/2010. The article was published in February 2013 on the website of ICEF GmbH: "Based in Bonn, Germany, ICEF GmbH (International Consultants for Education and Fairs) is the global market [...]

In vorliegenden Artikel analysieren zwei griechischen Forscher kritisch die Bildungsreformen im Hochschulwesen ihres Landes im Zuge der Einsparpolitik der griechischen Regierung während der Staatschuldenkrise in Griechenland ab 2009/2010. [Zusammenfassung: Redaktion Bildung Weltweit].;;;"Extensive institutional changes and restructuring are taking place in higher education [...]


Greece; Germany The German Ministry of Education and Research informs about current research co-operations with Greece that were started at the beginning of 2014. There is also a short description of another bilateral project that focuses on the reform of vocational education in the Greek tourism industry.
[Abstract: Editors of Education Worldwide]

Journal Articles & Radio Broadcasts

Special issue of the German Radio Deutschlandradio / Deutschlandfunk, broadcast PisaPlus, 07.06.2013, available only in German


Germany; Greece The Tagesspiegel informs briefly about current educational reforms and cooperation in Greece in the beginning of 2014. Topics are the 'Athena Plan', the research initiative of the German government 'Zukunftsfond Südeuropa' and a bilateral project of the Rectors' Conferences. [Abstract: Editors of Education Worldwide]


Greece The German public radio station 'Deutschlandradio': Rodothea Seralidou reports about the concequences of Greek reforms in the educational sector in September 2013 - layoffs, protests and suffering pupils. Available only in German [Abstract: Editors of Education Worldwide]


Greece Daphne Grathwohl from Deutsche Welle reports about status and development of the Greek educational system. She interviews an Athenian school rector and the präsident of the Greek teachers union OLME. Available in German only. [Abstract: Editors of Education Worldwide]


Greece The German speaking newspaper "Griechenland Zeitung" publishes news about Greece. It is published in print and online (as PDF) every week since 14th of Oktober 2005.
The section 'Bildung' (Education) gives an insight in latest and past events in Greece. Some articles are only accessible when you subscribe to the journal. [Abstract: Editors of [...]


Greece The link leads you to a list of articles published by the website "University World News" about higher education in Greece from 2007 to 2015. "University World News" is run by the British company Higher Education Web Publishing Ltd based in London. The articles are written and gathered by a network of internationally operating journalists. [Abstract: [...]


Greece Greek Reporter is an international news portal run by Greek reporters and journalists, covering Greek and international news. The following link leads you to articles that have been tagged with the keyword "education" in Greece. [Abstract: Editors of Education Worldwide]

Results from the database "Zeitungsdokumentation Bildungswesen" (Newspaper Documentation Education). The database provides bibliographical information on more than 30 daily and weekly newspapers and information services, mostly in German. The articles can be ordered online. You will get a paper copy. [Abstract: Editors of Education Worldwide]


Inclusion


Greece With that extract from her dissertation in 2006, Kyrini Fotopoulou shows which major points have to be discussed when thinking about inclusion in a Greek context. She is not just analysing the term 'inclusion' itself but gives an insight in the legal framework, educational policy and reality. Furthermore, she makes proposals for reform and gives a [...]

Some current publications since April 2014:

"This study focuses on the contribution of Emmanuel Lambadarios to special education in Greece in the early twentieth century. It examines Lambadarios's involvement in special education, culminating in the establishment of the 'Model Special School of Athens' (PESA), the first public special education school for children with intellectual disabilities. It specifically explores [...]

"This paper focuses on Greek regular and special preschool teachers' understanding of inclusion; their views about the engagement of children with disabilities in typical day routines/activities; and their preferred strategies for facilitating children's engagement in classroom activities. Data were gathered through semi-structured interviews with 77 teachers (45 regular and [...]

Results from a search through several databases on the German Education Portal.

This webdossier was compiled by our Greece enthousiast Anne Mönch.

Last Update: 01.08.2018  -  N. Cohen ; A. Mönch;

News on Education in Greece

  1. University World News: Greece
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  1. Education for a Bright Future in Greece.
  1. Recent publication 2015: “(...) transition of higher education in Greece (1974-1982)“
  1. Greece: Universities lose access to digital journals (10.07.15)
  2. Studying in Greece: DAAD Says Crisis Can Be An Opprtunity [courtesy translation]
  1. Tsipras et al are theorising a Greek tragedy (30.06.15)
  1. The influence of the school hygiene and paedology movement on the early development of special education in Greece, 1900-1940.
    The leading role of Emmanuel Lambadarios.
  2. Greek Universities: Better Studies through Cooperation [courtesy translation]
  1. New `Government of hope` is sprinkled with academics (29.01.15)
  1. Election offers universities new hope (23.01.15)
    1. Unrest throws students` plans into chaos (18.07.14)
    1. The Best Universities in Greece and around the World (09.07.14)
    1. 90 Greek Genius Students Plan the Country’s Future (08.07.14)
    1. Spurious row over university redundancies (04.07.14)

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