Graduate wins BA recognition

Greece’s highest administrative court has dismissed a decision by a top state education board that refused to fully accept the academic credentials of a Greek graduate of a US university. In a decision made public yesterday, the Council of State found that the state Inter-University Center for the Recognition of Foreign Degrees (DIKATSA) broke the law with its rationale for judging that the man’s degree in business administration, issued by Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia, was of a lower standard than the equivalent diplomas issued by Greek universities. DIKATSA, which handles all applications by foreign university graduates for their degrees to be recognized as equivalent to those issued in Greece, had decided that the student must enroll in the third year of a four-year Greek university course. It had argued that this was due to the fact that Oglethorpe had too small a staff and did not offer postgraduate courses. But the Council of State observed that these were not valid grounds for the decision, adding that DIKATSA should take into account the academic staff/student ratio.