OPINION

Universities are growing up

Every time the political system has risen to the occasion it has meant good things for Greece. One recent example is the changes made at the country’s universities via a law that received the overwhelming support of MPs.

The implementation of the reform is going smoothly, without sit-ins and the kind of extreme protests that have blocked all change in the past. Professors are turning up to vote for new governing councils, while students are stepping up to ensure that their universities become institutions that are independent of political interests.

The achievements are impressive given the combination of social tension and drastic cutbacks. It is clear that the majority of Greeks want universities that arm their children with knowledge for the future rather than institutions that are held hostage by groups of students and educators who bully their peers into forwarding the agendas of the political parties they represent.