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Postgraduate courses thrown into disarray

Greek universities’ postgraduate programs have been thrown into disarray as the government ponders an earlier pledge to cancel fees, Kathimerini understands.

Education Minister Aristides Baltas told a meeting of rectors last month that postgraduate courses should be free of charge, citing ideological reasons. The proposal met with skepticism from rectors who said tuition fees are key in supporting tertiary institutions that have been hit by cuts in state funding.

Sources say the ministry is mulling a compromise solution whereby fees will apply on courses offered to business executives.

At least five courses have been put on hold since the government changeover, pending a decision by the ministry.