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Athens Polytechnic University to be moved outside the city center

19 March 2009 / 18:03:43  GRReporter
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The minister of education Aris Spiliotopoulos is offering a Solomonian decision for the problem of the inviolability of universities. As it is known, the police does not have the right to enter any university buildings without a court order and this way the schools become shelters for hooligans and anarchists, which are rioting for a third month through the city center of the Greek capital. The opposition and the media reacted negatively to the offer of the government to change the law and to allow the police to enter university buildings without a court order.

Now, the minister of education is offering firstly to move the Athens Polytechnic university and then all the rest, outside of the city center in order not to create unstable hot spots for all citizens. The minister offers that the current polytechnic building should become a museum of the revolutionary resistance. The Athenian Polytechnic university, as well as the Law and Architecture Universities should move to the student’s neighborhood Zographou. The academic circles did not like this idea as well.

The Law University refuses to move to Zographou, because most of the professors in the school are also practicing lawyers and their offices are in the center. The Architecture University are digging for scientific and historic reasons, in order to refuse to move, because according to them the young architects need to be educated in a city environment. “Precisely for historic reasons and as a debt to the past generations, we need to turn the Polytechnic University into a museum,” stressed Aris Spiliotopoulos for the national TV NET. According to the education minister, the law about university buildings needs to be applied spiritually and if there is a political consensus for its change, then it will become a fact.

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