Parallel employment for academics 

A view of the library at Panteion University in Athens. 'In the key area of research and how it can be useful for the public good and for the formulation of evidence-informed public policy, UK universities have made strides and there is much that can be transferred to Greek universities,' says Associate Professor Stella Ladi.

Parallel employment at two universities, one in Greece and one abroad, was first introduced into law by socialist former education minister Anna Diamantopoulou in 2012 to support the internationalization of Greek universities and at the same time to slow down the brain drain, which, due to the economic crisis, had picked up pace. It gave faculty members who were selected for a permanent position at a foreign university the option of not having to resign from the Greek university, but instead to apply for parallel employment at both universities.

With more confidence now, due to the more favorable economic climate in the country, the latest law governing the issue facilitates the possibility of parallel employment and a brain gain. It allows academics employed abroad and elected to a faculty position at a Greek university not to have to resign directly from their position...

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