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Faculties shunning review process

A recently passed law requiring state universities to be assessed by the Education Ministry is moving at a snail’s pace but officials are optimistic the measure will soon be adopted by more faculties. Legislators approved in spring last year a law requiring state universities to provide the ministry with information enabling them to be assessed in a procedure that has an impact on their funding. It is the first year the law is being implemented as ministry officials and university staff had been putting together a plan on how the regulation can be applied in practice. However, only 52 of the 450 faculties which must adopt the procedure have actually done so. «Out of the 40 universities and technical colleges, 20 have at least one department that has started the procedure. This is a start so that the rest of the departments can also adopt the measure,» said Spyros Amourgis, head of ADIP, a regulating body charged with the task of reviewing tertiary education quality. Some university teaching staff along with students belonging to left-wing political parties are believed to have refused to take part in the assessment procedure. «The assessment of their work is an obligation students and teachers have toward their university and society,» said Peter Williams, president of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA).