The number of Greeks studying in the UK is rising, according to the British Council of Greece. The council has been active in Greece since 1939.
Anastasia Andritsou, director of the council, spoke to the Kathimerini in her first interview since being appointed. A graduate of the National Technical University of Athens, with postgraduate studies in France as well as Greece and a solid career trajectory as a business executive, she has worked at the British Council since 2004.
When asked about how the UK’s impending exit from the European Union next year, she stressed that it has had little impact in terms of Greeks moving to the UK: “The interest shown by Greeks has not diminished”, she said. “Data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) actually show a small increase in the number of Greeks who started studies in the UK in the 2016-17 academic year, that is after the referendum for Britain’s departure from the European Union. There has also been a rise in interest for 2018-19, as the British government announced that students from EU member-states who enroll in the autumn of 2018 will enjoy the same student privileges, such as reduced tuition fees and the right to get a loan, until they graduate.”