OPINION

No to politics at university

The first order of business expected of any university rector is to protect the property, operation and independence of his or her institution.

If this is a task that is proving too hard for some of Greece?s rectors, then maybe they should consider whether they are cut out for the job and start to ponder the idea of resignation.

However, the catch is that many elected university officials are hesitant about laying down the law and university regulations within their institutions because they, by and large, owe their election to student political groups, which play a pivotal role in what happens in Greek universities and in their day-to-day administrative business.

This is the single most fundamental reason why the time has come to abolish the participation of students in the election of university rectors. After all, Greece is the only country in Europe to have such a practice and, what?s more, instead of bringing democracy to the very heart of university operations, it has created a snarl of entangled interests.