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Greece Ties State Aid to Public Universities to World Rankings

ATHENS –With no Greek public universities rated among the world’s elite – they scored mediocre to miserable on various charts – the New Democracy government said how much state funds they get will be linked to those survey findings.

The universities’ international rankings will be one of the 15 evaluation criteria to receive 20 percent of regular government funding from 2022, said Kathimerini of the plan.

A ministerial decision defining criteria and indicators of quality and achievements for the distribution of public subsidies in universities is due expected to be published.

In the section that evaluates the “continuous improvement of the basic academic activities of Higher Educational Institutions” (HEI) is the position of each Greek university in international evaluations by reputable rating agencies.

Each university’s ranking will be selected based on those of international rating agencies QS, ARWU, THE, SCImago, GS and Webometrics.

There will be a point system depending on the ranking: a position among the top 300 globally will receive 120 points, 100 points will be awarded for ranks between 301-500, 80 for 501-800, 60 for 801-1,200 and 40 points for rankings 1,201 and lower, the paper said.Greece Ties State Aid to Public Universities to World Rankings.

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