Greek community waits anxiously for decision on Greek Studies at La Trobe

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A decision is yet to be made on whether or not the Modern Greek language program at La Trobe University will be discontinued, almost a week after the negotiation process between the university and members of the Greek community closed.

With this in mind, the Greek community continues to fight for its survival by holding a meeting on Friday, November 27 with the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor of La Trobe. This will be followed by another meeting scheduled for Tuesday, December 1.

During the Friday meeting, Bill Papastergiadis, President of the Greek Community of Melbourne, and four Victorian MP’s of Greek heritage were present. They were: Kat Theophanous, Member for Northcote, Steve Dimopoulous, Member for Oakleigh, Lee Tarlamis, Member for South Eastern Metropolitan, and Nick Staikos, Member for Bentleigh.

The Greek community continues to fight for the survival of the Modern Greek language program at La Trobe university.

READ MORE: Campaign to save the Greek Studies Program of La Trobe University continues.

Representing La Trobe at the meeting were Chancellor John Brumby, who convened the meeting, Vice Chancellor Professor John Dewar, College Provost Professor Simon Evans, and Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences Professor Nick Bisley.

According to a statement from La Trobe, the meeting to discuss the future of La Trobe’s Modern Greek language program was “productive.”

READ MORE: Urgent meeting held to discuss future of Modern Greek Studies at La Trobe University.

“The meeting was conducted in a spirit of goodwill on all sides and a number of possibilities for partnership and collaboration were discussed,” the statement reads.

“(The university) is also very keenly listening to the views of the wider community. A large number of submissions from members of the community were received during the consultation with staff.”

La Trobe concludes the statement by saying that they are “reviewing the feedback from a consultation with staff about the Modern Greek language program, in the context of a wider proposal for changes to courses and subjects in its School of Humanities and Social Sciences.”

READ MORE: ‘La Trobe Uni wants student numbers to triple’: Community races to save Greek Studies Program.

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