Erasmus to help Greek students in L’Aquila?

The Education Ministry is considering using the European student exchange program Erasmus to secure the transfer back to Greece, albeit temporarily, of hundreds of Greek students who say they are unable to continue their courses at the university of L’Aquila, a town in central Italy whose infrastructure suffered major damage in a strong earthquake in April. Some 300 Greek students based in L’Aquila have asked to continue their studies at Greek universities, complaining that the Italian institution no longer has adequate facilities to cover their needs. A source at the ministry told Kathimerini yesterday that the transfer of the students to regional universities in Greece was «out of the question» as it would constitute privileged treatment. Instead, the ministry aims to make use of the Erasmus scheme to bring as many of the students as possible back to Greece for a year or two.

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