No more student transfers

Stricter criteria are to be introduced for the recognition of university degrees acquired abroad, and undergraduate transfers from abroad will be abolished as of the 2004-2005 academic year, according to a draft bill which the Education Ministry is to present to Parliament shortly. Students abroad will no longer be able to obtain transfers to Greek universities, which have complained of overcrowding as a result of hundreds of transfers from Greek students who begin their studies abroad. In addition, the number of subjects for which medical students at universities outside the European Union will have to be examined in order to have their degrees recognized will be increased every year, from this year onward. Medical students who graduate next year will have to sit for exams in surgery and general medicine. Over the next four years, examinations in pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, anatomy, physiology and pharmacology will be gradually added. However, procedures for recognizing foreign degrees will be speeded up.