Petition to Stop Greek Universities Shutdown

luisa martin rojo luisa.rojo at
Tue Oct 22 14:51:13 UTC 2013


 Dear friends and colleagues,****

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I am sure you have heard of the turmoil Greek Universities are going
through the last 50 days. Approximately 40% of the administrative staff of
eight large Greek Universities including the ****University** of **Athens***
* are suspended due to austerity measures. My University and all its
activities and logistics, from financial handling to the electricity safety
in the buildings and heating depend on the already very few UoA employees
(3.5 per 100 students) and the same holds true for the other Greek
Universities as well. ****

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Reducing administrative staff by 40% will only result in non-functional
academic institutions.****

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Standing by the Greek Universities by signing the petition indicated later
in this message will help prevent this 'impossible' situation from

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I sincerely thank you for your time and your support in advance.****

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Best wishes,****

Kostas Mylonas****
Dr. Kostas Mylonas
Associate Professor in Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
IACCP Executive Committee Regional Representative (Europe)

Department of Psychology
The University of Athens
15784, ILISIA,
Athens, Greece

Tel.: 0030210 7277584
Fax.: 0030210 7277534 (attn. Dr. Mylonas)
e-mail: kmylonas at


Huit universités grecques sont forcées de suspendre toute activité suite à
la décision unilatérale du ministère de l'éducation nationale de mettre en
disponibilité 1349 employés de leurs administrations. Les universités
concernées sont les suivantes:

Université d'Athènes, Université de Thessalonique, Ecole Polytechnique
d'Athènes, Université de Gestion, Economie et Management d'Athènes,
Université de Crète, Université de Patras, Université de Ioannina, et
Université de Thessalie.

L'impact sur l'enseignement, la recherche, la santé et la coopération
internationale est sans précédent. La menace qui pèse sur l'enseignement
supérieur suite aux mesures d'austérité draconiennes imposées par l'Union
Européenne suscite une grande inquiétude en Grèce et au-delà de ses

En tant que scientifiques, universitaires, étudiants ou autres, nous
appelons l'Union Européenne et le gouvernement grec à protéger le statut et
le personnel des universités grecques, afin que celles-ci puissent
continuer leur mission d'éducation et de recherche, l'importance de ces
institutions étant plus vitale que jamais. Elles sont et doivent rester les
foyers de pensée critique au sein d'une Europe aux structures sociales
érodées par des coupures massives et dans laquelle plane l'ombre d'un
extrémisme dangereux.


Text in English

Eight universities in Greece (University of Athens, the Aristotle
University of Thessaloniki the Athens Polytechnic and University of
Economics and Business as well as the University of Crete, Ioannina,
Thessaly and Patras) have been forced to halt all activities as a result of
Greek ministry of education proposals to suspend unilaterally 1349
university administrative workers.

The impact on teaching, research, clinical work and international
collaboration is unparalleled and the threat to higher education in Greece
as a result of stringently imposed EU austerity measures is a cause of
great concern far beyond Greece's shores.

As academics, university workers, students and others, we call on the EU
and the Greek government to protect the status and staff of Greek
universities, to ensure that they remain able to engage in education and
research and to recognize that these institutions are more important now
than ever.

They are and must remain beacons of critical thinking in a Europe whose
social structures are being eroded by massive cutbacks and over which the
shadow of far-right extremism looms.

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Luisa Martin Rojo
Depto. de Lingüística General, Lenguas Modernas, Lógica y Filosofía de
la Ciencia, Teoría de la Literatura y Literatura Comparada
Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
Ciudad Universitaria de Cantoblanco
28049 Madrid
tel. +34 91 497 66 94
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