Education & Training sector in Greece

An Expert's View about Educational Support Services in Greece

Posted on: 21 Sep 2010

The programme announced is focusd on the upgrading of education. Find the key-areas of opportunities for UK companies in the Greek educational market in this report.

Sector briefing EDUCATION & TRAINING Opportunities in GREECE Why GREECE? ?The New School? is an ambitious operational programme that has been announced by the new Minister of National Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs in March 2010. The programme is focused on the upgrading of education quality, vocational training and lifelong learning, digital convergence, enhancing of human capital and promoting research and innovation. There is a long-established relationship between the UK and Greece. Greek students in the UK form the third largest foreign student population, contributing over two hundred million pounds annually to the British economy. Eng Find general information on the Greek market lish language is officially introduced to the sy conditions on UKTI?s website. The Doing llabus of all state primary schools and demand for English courses has been always Business Guide for Greece, gives an overview h of Greece?s economy, business culture, igh. A big number of foreign language schools focusing main potential opportunities and an introduction to ly on English operate in Greece, accept other relevant children from the age of 5, and provide certificates at various levels. Corporate & vocational training and e- learning are other developing areas of the Greek market where UK companies may benefit from their competitive edge. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education & training sector opportunities in Greece Opportunities universities; 18 of them are British. Recently, a Presidential Decree opened the way Key-areas of opportun for the recognition of professional qualifications ities for UK companies in the Greek educat of private colleges & EU university graduates, ional market are: finally implementing relevant EU directives. ? Upgrad This will allow college graduates to apply for ing of the educational system Accord state sector jobs and join professional ing to the Ministry, the Government's educat associations. ion development strategy is co-funded by the European Social Fund (NSRF As a result, demand for tuition in private Operat institutions and schools is expected to increase. ional Programme). ?The New Schoo On the other hand, there are about 160 l? project will use: 575 Vocational Training Institutions (IEK), both million Euros (Sectoral Operational Programmes) w private and state-funded. The students? ill fund projects including: Reform preference is mainly for IT, Pre-school ing and modernisation of the educat Education, Business Administration, ional system, implementation of quality assurance systems, train Accounting, Graphic Arts, etc. Some of these ing of teachers, promot institutions are also linked with British ion of environmental policy in schools, universities, offering their students the lifelong learning, vocational training and digital convergence (see d opportunity to continue their studies in igital classroom para). 815 the UK. million Euros (Regional Operational Programes) will be spent mainly on Facts and figures (2009) construction and refurbishment of schools as well as on equipment for special education Total expenditure on education in 13.5 bl ? needs. Greece ? Digital classroom Private expenditure on education 4.5 bl ? The new education policy aims to proceed to 45 Private colleges 25,000 students ?digital? amendments to the curriculum of 5,000 Vocational Training 200,000 students primary and secondary education schools with new Institutions (IEK) programmes being developed in 2010, and a digital platform for tele-education. All schools Private education market value 700 ml ? will be online so as to ensure the fast Foreign language schools 900,000 students evolvement of teacher-training programmes. A Foreign language market value 850 ml ?s part of this upgrade, the Government has decided to supply all schools with interactive whiteboards by the end of 2010. Fu ? Corporate training & e-learningrthermore, there is a plan for the installation o Several private institutions and companies f new WiFi and Network infrastructure which provide corporate training in co- can support the educational process at school o operation with British universities and r anywhere the pupil may be located. A partners. Corporate training is a developing ll the above will increase demand for d area, despite the fact that under the current igital educational material and electronic books tight economic conditions world-wide, . companies tend to make cutbacks and human resource development budgets are ? Private education market Ove generally the first to be shaved. Thus, rall responsibility for Education rests with interest focuses on pressure the Ministry of Education. Private schools and management and operation resilience. foreign schools are also under the authority of Leadership, sales strategies, CRM and IT the Ministry, which exercises control over their skills remain popular. curriculum, competence of teaching staff, as well as financial control related to their fees. E-learning has only occasionally been used The by Greek enterprises and is totally Greek Constitution does not permit the ope dependent on EU funding. However, it now ration of private universities in Greece, and Te seems to be an alternative, cost-effective rtiary Education is totally funded by the state. Howeve solution for training.r, there are 45 private institutions (colleges) linked with foreign UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education & training sector opportunities in Greece You can be alerted to business opportunities on a regular basis by registering on the UKTI website. Find out more on UKTI?s business opportunities service on the UKTI website UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education & training sector opportunities in Greece Major events and activities UKTI contacts Education UK exhibition, Athens & Caterina Drossopoulou Thessaloniki Commercial Officer British Embassy Athens Contact: Mrs Katerina Fegarou (British Council) Tel: (0030 210) 7272744 Email: Email: Time: Twice a year. Next exhibition: 13-14 November 2011 Eleni Vonissakou Education (international exhibition- Assistant Commercial Officer Athens) British Embassy Athens Tel: (0030 210) 7272643 Contact: Ms Maria Karka Email: Email: Time: annually (March 2011) InfraPedia (educational equipment) Contact: Vertical Communications Email: Time: annually (March 2010) Find full details of all events in this country and sector on the UKTI website. New export events are added daily to the site and you can register to be alerted to them on a daily, weekly or monthly basis UKTI?s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) provides grant support for eligible Small & Medium Sized Enterprises (SME's) to attend trade shows overseas. Find out more about UKTI support for attendance at overseas events UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education & training sector opportunities in Greece Next steps - How UKTI can help B ? Arranging appointmentsritish companies wishing to develop their ? Organise seminars or other events for business in the Greek market are advised to you to meet contacts and promote your undertake as much market research and company in the Greek market planning as possible in the UK. UKTI?s team in Greece, with its wide local knowledge and This work is available via our Overseas Market experience, can provide a range of services to Introduction Service (OMIS) a chargeable British-based companies wishing to grow their service which assists British-based companies business in global markets. wishing to enter or expand their business in overseas markets. This can include: ? Provision of market information To find out more about commissioning this ? Validated lists of agents/distributors work, or accessing other UKTI services and ? Key market players or potential specialist advice, please visit the UKTI website customers in the Greek market to find contact details for your local UKTI office. ? 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Posted: 21 September 2010