In case that someone decides to study a particular subject, is there a way to know beforehand if that subject is recognised in Greece? If that was the case, people would pursue their choice of study knowing that there is no recognition and thus when they would return they would not waste any time with DOATAP.
Next follows a small interview with an ex-employee of DOATAP about this issue at the time he was still employee.
Question: If someone considers to go abroad for studying a particular degree or a particular combination of degrees (e.g. Bachelor + Master), could he get a letter from DOATAP, before he goes to study, that this programme of study will be recognised under certain criteria (or not) after his return in Greece? If yes, would that letter be binding for DOATAP?
Answer: When I still worked in DOATAP, there was such a letter, that said if a particular University, School, faculty, department and programme of study was recognised or not. That is, if someone would return in Greece and had that letter, his degree would immediately be recognised – however time delays would still exist. As a matter of fact there was a decision of the board of DOATAP that if a particular degree had been recognised in the past, new degrees with exactly the same attributes should be recognised too without much scrutiny.
Question: When that procedure had problems?
Answer: Problems in this procedure still existed in particular occasions, that were popping up quite often.
Say for example, that someone would see that a particular university, school, faculty, department and programme of study was recognised and would see that 50 people with that particular degree had been recognised in the past. Based on those say he decides to study that degree and gets it after 4-5 years. In the mean time, in those 4-5 years that he studies, the title of the faculty, or of the degree, or the programme of study changes. I.e. when he started it was named Department of Mathamatics, and when he finishes, at the 3ο year the name changed to Department of applied Mathematics. Or from the 40 modules that he needed to get his degree, 5 would change with another 5.
That case was not at all rare. In fact it was almost the case the departments to change a bit their names and programme of study every 10 years. In that case the candidate had to pass all procedures from the beginning. Needless to say that in many occasions the academics did not recognise any more the new department. Particularly for those universities that they were not very famous, that was happening all the time - I had seen it with my own eyes.
Another occasion would be that the degree was recognised, but since some of the subjects that the academics considered important had changed, they sent the candidates into giving exams for the correspondence of the title, although the exact same faculty in the past years was recognised immediately without the need of giving exams.
I hope that helped