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Recognise University of La Verne Athens degrees

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Greek Authorities to recognise University of La Verne degrees. We the undersigned petition the Greek Government, the Parliament, the Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs and all the relevant Greek Authorities and Professional Bodies and Unions to recognise the Academic and Professional Rights of all Bachellor and Master Degrees awarded by the University of La Verne, California, including those of students that completed their tuition at the university's Athens Campus, in Greece, as equivalent to those awarded by the Greek State universities. The University of La Verne, Athens Campus was established in Greece in 1975 as a not-for profit organisation. It provided tuition to Greek as well as foreign nationals residing in Athens, leading to degrees awarded by the Head Campus in the state of California, USA. Due to financial difficulties, primarily inflicted by the non-recognition of its degrees by the Greek Authorities, the Head Campus decided to discontinue the operation of its Athens Campus in 2004. The University of La Verne, California has over 115 years of history (founded in 1891). It is a private, not-for profit University, accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) among other accreditation bodies. The high standard of tuition quality provided by the university's Athens Campus is made evident, not only by the fact that it had been repeatedly successful, throughout its 30 year presence in Greece, in fulfilling the criteria of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The high calibre of the university's graduates is portrayed by the success they enjoy in their respective fields of specialisation both in the areas of Academia and Business. Academically, University of La Verne Athens Campus has seen its graduates continuing their education and research by completing post-graduate degrees and holding research and teaching positions at some of the most reputable universities worldwide. Professionally, some graduates have managed to overcome the non-recognition of their degrees by pursuing very successful careers in globally prominent corporations and industry leaders abroad, putting themselves through the challenge of voluntary exile, while others have proven themselves in the domestic market, enjoying positive reception by Greek private businesses. Given that the European Union has already repeatedly demanded from the Greek Authorities to recognise degrees of foreign universities (operating in Greece) as equivalent to those of Greek State Universities and the fact that both major political parties have publicized their intentions to work towards that direction by strictly regulating the industry to ensure quality standards are met, we believe that it is time to put an end to this unfair treatment and recognise the degrees awarded by the University of La Verne, Athens Campus both professionally and academically.

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