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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-10-30

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  • [01] Greece, S. Africa sign science & technology deal
  • [02] Government will pass reforms for education

  • [01] Greece, S. Africa sign science & technology deal

    Greece and South Africa on Monday signed a bilateral scientific and technological cooperation agreement, defining bilateral cooperation in scientific, development and research projects along with the organizing of seminars, symposiums in fields of common interest.

    The five-year agreement, to be automatically renewed for more five-year periods in the future, was signed by Greek Development Minister Dimitris Sioufas and South Africa‚s Science and Technology Minister Mosibudi Mangena.

    Speaking to reporters, after the signing of the agreement, Sioufas said South Africa was a strong country with impressive results to all sectors and not only in economy, research and technology and stressed that bilateral relations were very good and based on solid foundations.

    The Southafrican Minister stressed his country‚s will to cooperate with Greece due to the country‚s significant role in the EU and noted that the agreement signed would present innovataive solutions to improve both country‚s living standards.

    [02] Government will pass reforms for education

    A draft bill for reforming higher education will be passed by Parliament before the next elections, government spokesman Theodoros Roussopoulos told reporters on Monday.

    At the same time, he stressed that the government would exhaust all margins for dialogue because it considered that educational reforms a top priority that required the broadest possible consensus and wanted all views to be heard.

    "Dialogue is continuing," the spokesman said, while urging student groups that have refused to participate in this dialogue to come forward and state their views to the parliamentary committee processing the bill.

    He also welcomed as "positive" the fact that both students and politicians appeared united in wanting a new environment for education, in which Greek universities were upgraded.

    Regarding the foundation of private, non-profit universities included in the government's programme, Roussopoulos said that this could not happen during the term of the present government since it required a revision of article 16 of the Constitution.

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