Court rules against state body on degrees

In a ruling expected to have major repercussions for thousands of Greeks who studied abroad, Greece’s highest administrative court has ruled that foreign degrees cannot be assessed by local educational authorities solely on the basis of the duration of studies involved. The decision, made public yesterday, followed a suit by a Greek who had studied law in the USA and Scotland, and wanted his degree acknowledged by the Inter-University Center for the Recognition of Foreign Degrees (DIKATSA) as equivalent to that issued by Greek law schools. DIKATSA had ruled that the man would have to complete at least one semester at Athens Law School – which offers four-year courses – as he had only studied for three years abroad. But the court found that DIKATSA should judge foreign degrees on their academic standards and not on the duration of studies.