Court passes axed graduates

Greece’s much-criticized system of recognizing foreign university degrees was dealt a new blow after the country’s highest administrative court rejected the current system of assessing international graduates in medicine. In a decision made public yesterday, the Council of State found that the Inter-University Center for the Recognition of Foreign Degrees (DIKATSA) had erred in failing – during last November’s exams – 995 graduates of foreign medical schools who wanted their degrees recognized as equivalent to those issued by Greek universities. DIKATSA had set the pass-mark at 50 out of 80, for multiple-choice questions. However, the court ruled that all candidates who had scored at least 40 out of 80 also deserved to pass. The government has announced plans to replace DIKATSA with a less bureaucratic, more efficient body.