Dear visitor, parent, student,
In the past three years we have witnessed a dramatic decline in the standard of living of a very large sector of Greece’s populace. In the unprecedented conditions that have materialized the social welfare system has been systematically and continuously degraded and the most vulnerable populations have not been shielded from the severe austerity policies, large-scale cuts and public sector reforms that have been put into effect, People’s fundamental human rights such as the right to health, education, work, and security which are commonly understood as inalienable and not negotiable have been irrevocably altered. Moreover, these political agendas are being implemented within a milieu where such universal and egalitarian rights should be bolstered if the difficult social challenges that our struggling and overburdened society is confronting are to be ameliorated.
Tertiary education provides impetus for the social, intellectual, and material development of the country. Undeterred by difficulties and the lack of adequate financial support for years now, Greek universities have been staffed with capable staffs (academic and administrative) that have, thus far, been able to ensure the necessary training to the new generations. Indeed, within this inadequately funded public university system there are pockets of academic excellence. An example of such achievement is the University of Crete which is ranked among the highest 350 universities and is situated 53rd amongst the 100 newly-founded universities of the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings). All of the above are irrevocably affected by the policies and measures that are currently being enforced.
Dear students and Dear parents,
In the past three years we have all been subjected to the effects of the crises that have engulfed the country. Regardless of these hardships, the mobilization efforts made have not negatively affected our students. In these very difficult circumstances we have been serving the profession we have avowed to serve that of academic instructors. Bearing the responsibilities involved in such a role, we have been doing our outmost to provide tomorrow’s colleagues with the knowledge-base and academic ethos needed to serve as the intellectual leaders of the country. The Ministry of Education has recently reduced the budget of the tertiary institutions substantially (20% lower than 2012-13 academic year and 50% less when compared to 2011-12). Along with these budget cuts, the Ministry of Administrative Reform has made redundant a large portion of the administrative staff. These losses are insurmountable and have made it impossible for us to continue to serve the constitutionally guaranteed public asset that tertiary education is. These political decisions do not appear to be adhering to a plan for programmatic development and this leads us to conclude that support for the public university system is not an aim of the government. In contrast, it seems that a-step-by-step degradation of the public university system has been put into effect.
We are not mobilizing or protesting in order to “maintain the status quo” and we are not serving any “political agenda.” We are trying to salvage the public nature of university education which is essentially a ray of hope for the younger generation. The public university system should serve as an embankment as we transverse these difficult times. It should constitute the backbone of every successful attempt at safeguarding, promoting and protecting the nonnegotiable good that education is. Let us all together: “Leap faster than decay.”
The Faculty and Staff of the Department of Psychology