Hurdles to academic work and academic decadence or when going becomes almost impossible

George Voskopoulos Associate Professor of European Studies Head of the Department of International & European Studies(2013-2016),UoM, Greece Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Thematic Research Coordinator 2015-2018 f.Erasmus Academic Coordinator

Despite my continuous requests to the university I spent last semester without access to a computer equipped with camera and microphone. The university simply answered that these were not available. At the same time the New Democracy’s (currently in power) youth affiliation approached the Head of the Department and asked him (!!!) to start an administrative process against me for failing to have classes! This is what happens when incontollable factions run a university and try to impose the law of the jungle. It was evident that the whole issue was set up (denial of the university to provide the means (computer, camera, microphone) to do my duty. In case one wonders why this kind of tyreatment the answer is simple. When you stand up against lack of meritocracy you become a hurdle to a multilayer mechanism that wishes to run an institutions without rules. My efforts to communicate the issues to the PM K. Mitsotakis were in vain since he curiously did not make any effort to meet me despite my multiple efforts. In the meantime I received threats and threats to a family member which I publicised.

In another (indicative of the so many(!) case a student publicly confesses that cheating is a standard practice and that she had passed MANY courses this way, since the supervisors allowed them to open their books and simply copy the answers!!!

In this particular case and as a result of the university’s unwilligness to provide me with the means to have my classes, I had to improvise and use YouTube to upload a series of audio lectures. This process is time consuming and does not facilitate academic interaction. Upon continuous requests I was given a portable computer for two weeks (15-29/9/2020) just to be able to conduct students’ exams. The very same day my exams finished (29/9/2020) the university asked me to return the portable. Just a few days before the new semester begins I still have no access to a fully equipped computer in order to have my classes. This is just indicative of the hurdles an academic might face when she/he is not supported and is left to their own devices. At a time COVID makes e-classes indispensable I have to find ways to perform my teaching duties. With NO support whatsoever!

George Voskopoulos, Associate Professor of European Studies *Exchange of emails (in Gr) provided

Meritocracy revisited

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My “colleague” has been in the department for the last 18 years. We never found out what his publications are, what he did research on, no infomation whatsoever. There is nothing in the website of the department. Still he is director of a post-graduate program.

This is what happens when there is no meritocracy.

He is full professor! One day we need to be informed on the criteria that gave him full professorship.

George Voskopoulos, Ass. Prof. of European Studies, f. Head of the Department of International and EuropeAan Studies, UoM, Thessaloniki, Greece