Over 1 in 6 Salonica students never finish

Female students outperform their male colleagues at Thessaloniki University, while some 15 percent of all entrants stay on indefinitely without ever graduating, according to data presented yesterday. Announcing the results of research conducted over the past two years regarding students who entered Greece’s largest university between 1986-95, Professor Theodoros Hadzipantelis, of the university’s Political Science Department, said only an average 55 percent of every year’s entrants had finished their courses in the minimum allotted period – usually four years. Some 20 percent took longer but eventually graduated, while 15 percent never got their degree. A further 10 percent switched to other universities. «Women outnumber male entrants, and even more graduate,» he said. «This shows consistency and dedication to their targets.»

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