NEWS

Faster recognition of foreign degrees

There may be two-year delays in DIKATSA’s (the Inter-university Center for the Recognition of Foreign Academic Degrees) recognition of even European degrees. Already, the EU has issued warnings on the issue. There have been many problems with DIKATSA in the past and at this time there is a warning from EU Education Commissioner Viviane Reding which requires a reply within two months. Warnings have been issued over the past two years over procedures for the recognition of European and EU academic titles and how time-consuming they are. We’re determined to push the process along. It’s not possible, in our view, that a student who has graduated from any university in Germany should have to wait two years in order to get professional rights and recognition here. We will proceed immediately with staffing (DIKATSA) with personnel, because the Greek State cannot behave in this way. It’s unacceptable. DIKATSA has proposed that exams to recognize university degrees from countries outside the European Union should resemble those of ASEP (public servants’ examinations). There have also been reactions to a pass mark being raised from 5 to 6 or 10 when the exams have a multiple-choice format. Will there be changes? The multiple-choice format was chosen in order to put a stop to the various scandals that had taken place. It is a good format, which demonstrates both knowledge and judgment, especially when there are a large number of questions. Multiple-choice formats always have a higher pass mark. We’ll also have a look at DIKATSA’s proposal, and there may a watered-down version.