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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-02-06

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] South Europe universities meeting in Thessaloniki on franchise 'colleges'

  • [01] South Europe universities meeting in Thessaloniki on franchise 'colleges'

    Representatives of southern European universities met in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki on Friday to hold talks on the evaluation of degrees, both those awarded by state universities but also those awarded by colleges working under a franchise from universities abroad, as well as an objective international ranking system for academic institutions.

    The aim of the meeting was to agree on a common stance on these issues by the universities of southern Europe, including France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Greece, in view of the European Universities Association convention that will take place in Prague this March.

    On the issue of colleges based in other countries and the "export" of academic qualifications, those present agreed that the relevant European directive does not promote the interests of universities and that academic issues should not be determined on the basis of the economic criteria set by the European Commissioner for trade.

    The said that such colleges should be assessed by either a single European system with a set of commonly accepted criteria or on the basis of criteria decided by each individual country.

    They also noted a deficit in the reliability and objectivity of international ranking system for higher learning institutes and called for a set of common criteria "that will be compatible with the culture and traditions of academic institutions in Europe and will take into account all educational parameters."


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