It took Greece 25 years to adapt to the European Legislation and grant the first recognitions of professional qualifications equivalence of college graduates to the respective qualifications of Greek Universities.
As such, following a recent decision of the Council for the Recognition of Professional Qualifications (SAEP) of the Ministry of Education, an IST’s graduate was granted professional equivalence of the degree, "Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Management Information Systems" of the University of Hertfordshire (United Kingdom), to the degree of graduates of the Accounting and Finance faculty of the Athens University of Economics & Business, in the context of the national education system, with the terms and conditions of the current Greek legislation, without any additional compensational measures.
Thus, the professional qualifications of our graduates are safeguarded and all obstacles around the legal practice of their professions have been suspended. In practice, this allows IST graduates holding degrees acquired through collaborations with EU Universities to work both in the public and private sectors in Greece as do Greek University graduates. Moreover, all circulars of the public sector refer to recognition by DOATAP or SAEP and IST graduates may participate in the exams of the Supreme Council for Civil Personnel Selection (ASEP).
It is worth noting that, already, in the last few months, several degree recognitions have been granted and a large number of IST’s graduates have followed the procedures required by the Greek legislation for the recognition of professional degree equivalence, waiting for SAEP’s decision.