After signing the First Economic Adjustment Programme with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 2010, Greece officially entered a new era of stringent austerity and fiscal supervision. As a result of the lay offs demanded by the European Union, the newly introduced austerity policies have deeply affected the economy and most public sector services of Greece, including its Higher Education (HE). The public nature of the universities was questioned for the first time due to overspending, while several small institutions were merged with bigger faculties located in the cities of Athens and Thessaloniki. During the past decade students faced adverse circumstances at Greek institutions and after a few unsuccessful attempts by the government to reform them, it can be argued that universities have been nearly pushed to the point of collapse.
|Date of Award||Aug 2018|
|Supervisor||Alan Cribb (Supervisor)|