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Education in Greece



Greece has made substantial efforts to revitalize its educational system, their government currently invests an important amount of money in education. The Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs (YPEPTH) oversees Greek education, the government is in charge of enduring all state schools follow the national curriculum.

Greek education

Greek education still preserves many of the ideas of classical Greece and its orthodox faith. During the years after World War II, Greece has sought to make its education more efficient to meet the needs of a rapidly changing society, its efforts were reinforced by its official acceptance as members of the European Economic Community.    

The Greek educational system has three levels: Primary, Secondary and Tertiary. Education is compulsory for all children between 6 to 15 years old. Primary education (Demotiko) includes 6 years of instruction. This stage is followed by 3 years of secondary education or low secondary education (Gymnasio) and Tertiary or upper secondary education (Eniaio Lykeio) lasts 3 years. After the second year of their three years of tertiary education, students may take an examination to qualify to enter any postsecondary institution, including universities, academies, vocational technical institutions and other schools.

Greek universities

Universities and other university-level institutions are legally autonomous but are under the supervision of the state. They are governed by a rector and a university council. University faculties oversee teachers and university courses that must keep up with a curriculum. The Greek government has recently made educational reforms that have helped their universities be ranked along European university rankings; however, rectors and principals know they must work a lot to achieve an important position among European universities.   

The two largest universities in Greece are: the University of Athens and the University of Thessaloniki. The other university-level institutions include technical schools, law schools, art and musician schools and business schools. Although these institutions have a good, educational level, most business students decide to look for other European business school, when they want to get an internationally recognized degree.

The Greek government has made great progress towards converging to the international standards of quality in education; nonetheless Greek students still need more educational resources to be at the same level of students in the rest of countries in European Union. The Greek continue demanding more reforms to reach a high educational level and its government tries to structure a competitive educational curriculum. 



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