Thursday, September 22, 2005

Changes in Theological Education in Greece

It has finally been decided that, in addition to the two universities in Greece that offer degrees in Theology, four of the ecclesiological schools will be given university status (though they won't accept women, and their graduates will not qualify for jobs in the public sector). Read it in the Kathimerini. What effect might this have on the quality of Orthodox education in Greece?


Blogger Andrew Middleton said...

A similar issue came up recently in a conversation I had with some British visitors to the area. They mentioned a similar change that was made to the British university system whereby some (all?) of the Polytechnics were given University status. This caused quite an uproar apparently, but the general effects (according to these folks, in any case) have been very positive. A number of the Polytechnics are now ranked among the best universities in Great Britain.
Here's hoping that the same will be the case in Greece! It *seems* as though it can only be a positive thing, especially if by giving the seminaries the status of universities it means that the bar will be raised. Perhaps this will also mean more funding for these schools, the ability to hire more faculty, build their libraries, etc? It would seem that these would all be good things!
As for the statement that "graduates will not be able to apply for jobs in the public sector"...I've been absent from Greece almost too long to know how to interpret that (to a person not familiar with Greece it may seem a bit bizarre!) I suppose what they are trying to say is that "government jobs require university degrees" and the degrees given by these seminaries are not considered university degrees? Very strange, now that I think of it...what, then, does it matter that their status has changed? Hmmm...

11:46 PM EDT  
Blogger Mark Montague said...

The main thing about "No public sector jobs", as I understand it, is that the graduates won't be able to teach in the state school system. This is what all my fellow students were worried about - the job pool for them is way too small already.

5:34 PM EDT  
Blogger Andrew Middleton said...

Right...well, I wonder, then, except for more funding (hopefully) by the state, what the "change" in the diploma status *really* means, if anything...I suppose it will, essentially, make it possible for more students to go on to graduate studies in Greece or abroad (as their diploma will now have university weight)...that's one result, anyway...

9:18 PM EDT  

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