TEI students protest against plan to overhaul Greek universities

Greek students of technical colleges, or TEI, in Athens and Thessaloniki will on Thursday stage a protest against a controversial plan to overhaul the country’s higher education system that has come under fire from many academics and several politicians.

In Athens, the demo will take place at the central Omonoia Square at 1 p.m. Protesters in Thessaloniki will gather outside the Macedonia-Thrace Ministry at 11 a.m.

The scheme foresees four universities shutting down – the University of Central Greece,

the University of Western Greece, the International Hellenic University and the University of Western Macedonia – and the closure of dozens of departments at universities and technical colleges that have little demand.