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Greece:Conditions of Service for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

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Contents

Greece:Political, Social and Economic Background and Trends

Greece:Historical Development

Greece:Main Executive and Legislative Bodies

Greece:Population: Demographic Situation, Languages and Religions

Greece:Political and Economic Situation

Greece:Organisation and Governance

Greece:Fundamental Principles and National Policies

Greece:Lifelong Learning Strategy

Greece:Organisation of the Education System and of its Structure

Greece:Organisation of Private Education

Greece:National Qualifications Framework

Greece:Administration and Governance at Central and/or Regional Level

Greece:Administration and Governance at Local and/or Institutional Level

Greece:Statistics on Organisation and Governance

Greece:Funding in Education

Greece:Early Childhood and School Education Funding

Greece:Higher Education Funding

Greece:Adult Education and Training Funding

Greece:Early Childhood Education and Care

Greece:Organisation of Programmes for Children under 4 years

Greece:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for Children under 4 years

Greece:Assessment in Programmes for Children under 4 years

Greece:Organisation of Programmes for Children over 4 years

Greece:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for Children over 4 years

Greece:Assessment in Programmes for Children over 4 years

Greece:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Early Childhood Education and Care

Greece:Primary Education

Greece:Organisation of Primary Education

Greece:Teaching and Learning in Primary Education

Greece:Assessment in Primary Education

Greece:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Primary Education

Greece:Secondary and Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Greece:Organisation of General Lower Secondary Education

Greece:Teaching and Learning in General Lower Secondary Education

Greece:Assessment in General Lower Secondary Education

Greece:Organisation of General Upper Secondary Education

Greece:Teaching and Learning in General Upper Secondary Education

Greece:Assessment in General Upper Secondary Education

Greece:Organisation of Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Greece:Teaching and Learning in Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Greece:Assessment in Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Greece:Organisation of Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Greece:Teaching and Learning in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Greece:Assessment in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Greece:Higher Education

Greece:Types of Higher Education Institutions

Greece:First Cycle Programmes

Greece:Bachelor

Greece:Short-Cycle Higher Education

Greece:Second Cycle Programmes

Greece:Programmes outside the Bachelor and Master Structure

Greece:Third Cycle (PhD) Programmes

Greece:Adult Education and Training

Greece:Distribution of Responsibilities

Greece:Developments and Current Policy Priorities

Greece:Main Providers

Greece:Main Types of Provision

Greece:Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learning

Greece:Teachers and Education Staff

Greece:Initial Education for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Conditions of Service for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece: Initial Education for Academic Staff in Higher Education

Greece:Conditions of Service for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Greece:Continuing Professional Development for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Greece:Initial Education for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Conditions of Service for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Management and Other Education Staff

Greece:Management Staff for Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Staff Involved in Monitoring Educational Quality for Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Education Staff Responsible for Guidance in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Other Education Staff or Staff Working with Schools

Greece:Management Staff for Higher Education

Greece:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Higher Education

Greece:Management Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Quality Assurance

Greece:Quality Assurance in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Greece:Quality Assurance in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Educational Support and Guidance

Greece:Special Education Needs Provision within Mainstream Education

Greece:Separate Special Education Needs Provision in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Support Measures for Learners in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Guidance and Counselling in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Support Measures for Learners in Higher Education

Greece:Guidance and Counselling in Higher Education

Greece:Support Measures for Learners in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Guidance and Counselling in a Lifelong Learning Approach

Greece:Mobility and Internationalisation

Greece:Mobility in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Mobility in Higher Education

Greece:Mobility in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Higher Education

Greece:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Bilateral Agreements and Worldwide Cooperation

Greece:Ongoing Reforms and Policy Developments

Greece:National Reforms in Early Childhood Education and Care

Greece:National Reforms in School Education

Greece:National Reforms in Vocational Education and Training and Adult Learning

Greece:National Reforms in Higher Education

Greece:National Reforms related to Transversal Skills and Employability

Greece:European Perspective

Greece:Legislation

Greece:Institutions

Greece:Glossary

Professors’ selection and promotion procedures are determined by Law 4009/2011 and are conducted  by special seven-member committees, formed to this end within the relevant institution and consisting of professors or A rank researchers or, in the case of performance assessment for the assistant or associate professors ranks, also of associate professors of the corresponding rank.  The committee’s formation is mixed as it comprises, in addition to internal, at least three external members coming from the Institution external member register, one of whom comes from an equivalent Higher Education Institution (University or Technological Education Institute) from abroad.  Professors are selected as full time teaching staff while, upon completing three years of actual execution of duties in the first appointment rank, they are eligible to enter the part time employment category. Income, retirement status and statutory sabbatical or other leaves are determined at central level and are applicable to all rank professors.  It is pointed out that the professors’ duties, rights and obligations are determined by the respective Higher Education Institutions Organisational Charters.

Planning Policy

Pursuant to Law 4009/2011, the national strategy programme for Higher Education is drawn up every four years by the Minister of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, after public consultation and opinion of the Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency (ADIP) and it is implemented through Higher Education Institutions-HEIs (Universities and Technological Education Institutions), which carry out relevant actions in the context of program planning agreements.

In particular, every Higher Education Institution prepares a four-year academic development programme whereby it determines its targets, its special educational and scientific profile, strategy, structure and operation in line with the institutions’ mission and within the bounds set by the National Budget and the public investments programme for Higher Education.  Each Institution’s programme planning agreements are made in the context of strategic planning and national strategy for Higher Education and pertain to the following:

  • the institution’s special profile and mission, its place in Greece, Europe and worldwide, the institution and the institution faculties’ targets specified in order of priority,
  • the identification, programming and measures for the development and support of the institution educational and research activities and targets,
  • the development of infrastructure and equipment,
  • the improvement of provided services,
  • the coordination of the institution’s academic, educational and research activities with corresponding developments abroad, particularly with the developments and prospects in the European Higher Education and Research Area and
  • the number of  students admitted  to each institution’s faculty  per year.

As far as finance is concerned, each institution’s programme planning agreements focus on:

  • operating expenses,
  • investments and
  • the entire staff in each category

The institution’s recommendation on the programme agreement is submitted by the Rector (University) or the TEI President respectively to the Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency (ADIP) which, after taking into special consideration the national strategy programme for Higher Education and the institution’s compliance with the preceding evaluation and certification procedure results, submits the final agreement plan to the Minister of Education, Research and Religious Affairs who co-signs it with the relevant Institution’s Rector (Universities) or President (Technological Education Institutes - TEIs).

HEIs financing coming from the national budget in the context of the national strategy programme for Higher Education and the agreements on programme planning between the state and the institutions, is distributed based on objective criteria and indices determined by common decision of the Ministers of Finance and Education pertaining, inter alia, to credit distribution for HEIs’ staff employment. Procedures regarding positions’ announcement and the teaching staff selection and appointment fall under the responsibilities of the Organisation of the relevant institution, which is competent for matters of organizational structure and operation.  Positions are announced by the Rector or the TEI President while the programming and the recommendation for the position announcement is made by the Dean’s Office (University) or the TEI Faculty Director’s office upon recommendation of the departments’ assemblies consisting of the relevant curriculum professors.

Entry to the Profession

Pursuant to Law 4009/2011, the teaching and research work in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), Universities and Technological Education Institutes (TEIs) respectively is conducted by teaching staff divided into first rank teaching staff (professors), associate professors and assistant professors.  A professor’s selection is the outcome of an open procedure following the announcement of an opening.  The selection of professors in all ranks is carried out by special seven-membered committees comprising professors or first rank researchers.

Committee members are selected from the institution internal and external members registers drawn up and updated every two years by cognitive field by the Dean’s Office or the Faculty Director’s Office for University or TEI Faculties respectively, following a relevant proposal of the departments’ assemblies.  The internal member registers include professors or associate professors of the relevant faculty and institution while external member registers include professors or associate professors of other HEIs in the country and of equivalent HEIs abroad as well as researchers of a corresponding rank employed in research institutions in the country or abroad.  At least three members of the professors’ selection committee come from the external members register one of whom comes from an equivalent HEI abroad.  The committee members meet, assess the candidates, take a vote and select the candidate with the most appropriate academic qualifications, while, by means of a separate voting procedure, they indicate the second most appropriate candidate, if any.

For the selection, specially reasoned minutes are drawn up, whereby the candidates’ teaching ability is also assessed.  Should the best selected candidate reject appointment or should the appointment act be revoked or should there be an objective obstacle to the candidate’s appointment, the second most appropriate candidate is appointed.  The Dean for the University Faculties and the Director for the Technological Education Institutions (TEI) immediately forwards the minute of the selection to the Rector or the TEI President respectively for legality control on the procedure followed for the candidate’s selection and  appointment to the position.

The professors’ appointment is concluded by act of the Rector or the TEI President, issued within two months after receiving the selected candidate’s dossier and following the legality control on the selection procedure.  Appointed professors are obliged to assume their tasks within three months from the announcement of the relevant act by the Rector/ TEI President.  Deadline for assuming tasks may be further extended by another six months upon decision of the Rector/ TEI President on condition that when appointed, the professor in question is a permanent resident abroad.  Legality control on all the selection procedures can be conducted by the Minister of Education, Research and Religious Affairs either ex proprio motu or following a relevant report submitted by a selected professor’s fellow candidate or any institution’s academic community member.

Professors serving abroad in equivalent Higher Education Institutions recognized by the National Academic Recognition Information Center (DOATAP) and established in their field, may become candidates selected on the basis of independent judgment for appointment to a position in a Greek HEI for a five year service subject to renewal.  If selected, they can be appointed to the position of professor without previously resigning from their position abroad, under the obligation, however, to be employed full time in a Greek HEI for at least three to six months on an annual basis.

Professors may be transferred in order to fill vacant first rank positions.  Professors are transferred upon the Dean’s Office or the TEI Director’s Office decision, following the proposal of at least ¼ of the faculty’s professors and the Dean’s recommendation. Transfers require that there is approved available credit at the reception faculty or a relevant decision by the Dean’s Office of the faculty of origin, advocating that the transferred professor’s position credits be transferred to the reception faculty.  Transfers of professors serving in HEIs in areas outside the prefectures of Attica and Thessaloniki to HEIs of said prefectures cannot take place unless, when transferred,  the professor has completed three years of service as an A rank professor at a HEI outside the above-mentioned prefectures.

Teaching as well as other teaching and research activities held in HEI may be assigned to Adjunct professors.  The selection procedure follows an open announcement while responsibility for the selection lies with the relevant Education Institution.  Pursuant to Law 4009/2011, until the Institutions’ Organisational Charters are issued,Scientific and Laboratory Associates continue to serve and perform these duties at the Technological Education Institutions.

Candidates for the position of professor of any rank must necessarily have completed at least one of the three cycles of studies outside the institution where they wish to be elected unless there is proof that they have worked for at least three years in some other HEI or scientific center in the country or abroad.  Candidates cannot be selected for the position of professor or be employed as adjunct professors at the institution where they received their PhD unless at least three years have elapsed since the attainment of said degree.

Upon decision of the University Faculty Dean’s Office or the TEI Director’s Office and following a  faculty professor’s recommendation, established Greek or foreign scientists holding or having the qualifications to hold the position of professor or researcher in a research center  as well Greek or foreign postgraduate researchers, young scientists,  PhD holders may be brought in as Visiting Professors with a view to meeting existing educational needs and promoting the faculty’s scientific activities.  The necessary requirements, the invitation procedure and the type of collaboration are specified by the institution itself.  In the same context, retired professors may participate as visiting professors, however, only in postgraduate and PhD studies programmes. 

In addition to the above-mentioned Higher Education Institutions categories:

  • Special educational-teaching work is carried out by the members of the Special Teaching Staff category. This category includes the education staff teaching Foreign Languages or the Greek language as a foreign language, Physical education, Design as well as Fine and Applied Arts.
  • Laboratory-applied teaching work is carried out by the members of the Special Laboratory and Teaching Staff category.  Their work primarily involves conducting laboratory and clinical as well as practical exercises in the relevant universities’ application fields. The formal qualifications required for appointment to positions for this HEI staff category are a degree from a University or a TEI associated to the cognitive field of the position in question as well as a relevant postgraduate title.
  • Infrastructure work pertaining to the HEIs’ overall operation is carried out by the Special Technical Laboratory Staff (ETEP) members category, offering specialized technical and laboratory services so that HEIs’ educational, research and applied work is carried out in the best possible way.  The formal qualification required for appointment to ETEP positions depending on the position announced is the acquisition of a tertiary education degree (University Education or Technological Education sector), relevant to the announced position.

Candidates appointed to the three abovementioned categories positions are selected by a committee formed by the University Dean or the TEI Faculty Director and their appointment concluded by Act of the University Rector or the TEI President accordingly.

By virtue of Law 4186/2013, Higher Education Institutions may employ Temporary Education Staff encumbering their regular budget and without receiving additional grant from the National Budget from previous financial years’ cash balance.

As for the HEI academic staff special formal qualifications, for the time being they are specified by Law 1268/1982 for Universities and by Law 4009/2011 as modified by Law 2916/2001 for Technological Education Institutions.  However, according to Law, after Educational Institutions have issued their respective Organisational Charters, special formal qualifications are expected to be determined by each higher educational institution separately.

Professional Status

By virtue of Law 4009/2011, professors and associate professors are elected as permanent teaching staff.  Assistant professors are elected for a four-year service which may be further extended for another four years following a relevant decision.  Professors’ positions belong to the institution and are distributed and re-distributed to the undergraduate studies faculties based on their educational needs, upon the Senate’s relevant decision and following the Rector’s relevant recommendation.  Professors can teach in more than one undergraduate studies programme, in postgraduate and PhD programmes as well as in lifelong learning programmes. 

Professors are selected for full time employment and therefore are obliged to reside and settle in the prefecture where the Higher Education Institution they are appointed to has its seat.  Upon completion of three years of actual execution of their duties at the first appointment rank, they can enter the part time employment category, receiving 35% of their regular salary.  Professors holding a full time employment position in the public or private sector, necessarily belong to the category of professors employed part time.  However, in order for part time employed teachers to obtain a second paid position in the public or private sector, it is required that a  permission from  the relevant  Dean’s Office or Faculty’s Director’s Office for TEIs be granted and  approved by decision of the University Rector or the TEI President respectively.  The capacity of Rector TEI President, deputy Rector, TEI deputy President, or Dean or TEI faculty Director is incompatible with any other professional activity outside the institution, as well as with positions held in the public or private sector.

Professors employed in equivalent HEIs abroad and elected for a position of professor in a Greek HEI for a five year service, share the same rights and obligations as their counterparts except for the right of participation in the institution’s administrative bodies.

Adjunct professors are employed full-time or part-time under fixed-term employment contracts governed by private law lasting from one to three academic years.

The Laboratory Teaching Staff and the Special Technical Laboratory Staff members are selected for a five year service and may obtain permanent appointment upon completion of their service.

Even though professors’ special rights, duties and obligations are determined by each institution separately, professors are collectively forbidden to:

  • be employed as advisors or assume administrative or teaching or research duties or participate in any employment relationship and for any period of time in a body providing educational or research services not belonging to the public sector (by exception, according to Law 4115/2013, HEI professors are allowed to work in any of the abovementioned capacities, in non-profit research institutes constituting legal entities of private law),
  • establish or participate in any relationship or capacity, in enterprises or companies or consortia or profitable legal entities assigned by the relevant or other HEI to prepare studies or programmes or carry out a particular task, or supply material or provide services and
  • hold a second permanent position in the public sector in addition to the position of HEI teaching staff member or judicial functionary or church official.

Violation of the incompatibility principle results in the violator’s mandatory referral to the disciplinary board by the Rector/TEI President or the Minister of Education, Research and Religious Affairs and is punishable by dismissal.

Suspension from performing their duties in their capacity as professors applies to:

  • Ministers, deputy ministers and undersecretaries
  • Heads of regions, deputy heads of regions and mayors
  • General secretaries in decentralized administrations
  • Presidents, deputy presidents, administrators, assistant administrators and their deputies in Legal Entities Governed either by Public Law or Private Law belonging to the public sector, with the exception of research centers and institutes falling under the authority of the Ministry of Education, as well as non-profit and public benefit foundations.  Pursuant to Law 4115/2013, suspension from performing their duties in their capacity as professors  does not apply to the abovementioned legal entities’ deputy administrators, provided they opt to be fully and exclusively employed at the University and carry out their clinical and laboratory work in a University Clinic, laboratory or an ESY (National Healthcare System) hospital unit.

Professors’ suspension from duties, where provided, requires the Minister of Education, Research and Religious Affairs’ relevant decision.

Salaries

By virtue of Law 4093/2012, in University and Technological Education Institute (TEI) the basic monthly salary of all rank Teaching and Research Staff (Universities) and Education Staff (ΤΕΙ) members, is determined on the basis of the Lecturer’s basic salary multiplied by the following coefficients and is rounded up to the nearest euro unit.

a. Professor                                            1.37

b. Associate Professor                            1.25

c. Assistant Professor                             1.08

d. Lecturer                                              1.00

For the formation of new basic salaries hereof, the Lecturer’s basic monthly salary is set at one thousand sixty-five Euros (€1,065).

In addition to the basic salary, the University Teaching and Research Staff members and the Special Laboratory and Teaching Staff members as well as the TEI Education Staff and Special Education Staff members receive the following allowances, benefits and remunerations on a monthly basis:

  • Allowance for teaching preparation and for engagement in activities outside teaching within Universities. 
  • Fixed remuneration for library creation and updating and participation in conferences.
  • Special research allowance for the execution of postdoctoral research as well as the promotion of research programmes in a faster and more effective way. 
  • Research allowance for technological research for the TEIs.

Upon completion of 25 years of service, the above-mentioned benefits are incremented by 70 Euros for Universities and by 50 Euros for TEIs respectively.

Full time employment professors can:

  • receive payment  from financed projects managed by any HEI  Legal Entity Governed by Private Law or any research institute or center supervised by any Ministry,
  • receive payment from intellectual property rights,
  • perform with or without payment as well as with indemnification, any type of duty or activity with the exception of commercial activities, and assume the chief executive officer’s duties of their Institution’s Legal Entity Governed by Private Law,
  • receive payment for clinical work and on-call duties in University clinics
  • receive payment for participating in the Supreme Council for Civil Personnel  Selection (ASEP) selection staff  procedures and the Central Examination Committee for admission to Tertiary Education,
  • participate as salaried members in maximum two committees and scientific or administrative boards of the public and private sector as well as in HEI administrative committees, as members of the Academy of Athens and as  members or scientific associates of the Scientific Board,
  • teach at any other HEI, public schools, public Vocational Training Institutes and Vocational Training Centers or assume administrative duties at the Institute of Educational Policy,
  • receive payment for participating in the institution’s administrative bodies, the Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency (ADIP) or any other body supervised by the Ministry or Education, Research and Religious Affairs.
  • pursue a liberal profession following a relevant notification to their Faculty Dean.

The salaries received by the Rector/TEI President, Deputy Rectors/ Deputy Presidents and Deans/ Directors of TEI Faculties are determined by joint decision of the Ministries of Finance and Education, Research and Religious Affairs.

Working Time and Holidays

Working hours

By virtue of Law 4186/2013, full-time employed Teaching and Research Staff members are obliged to spend at least 12 hours weekly on the university premises, in addition to eight hours of teaching, for executing all types of research, scientific and administrative work.  Part-time employed Teaching and Research Staff members are obliged to spend at least 7 hours weekly on the university premises, in addition to three hours of teaching, for executing research, scientific and administrative duties as does the full time employed teaching staff.  By virtue of Law 1404/1983, the Education Staff working hours on a weekly basis are divided into 14 hours for professors, 16 hours for Assistant Professors, and 20 hours for Laboratory Instructors while according to Law 4186/2013, they are subject to increase by maximum two hours upon the competent bodies’ relevant decisions.

Holidays

During the academic year, no classes are held at the HEIs for two weeks during Christmas time and two weeks during Easter time respectively. Christmas holidays are set from December 24 to January 7, while the Easter break is from Holy Monday to the Sunday after Easter.

In addition to these holidays, HEIs remain closed for another 7 days corresponding to religious and national celebrations.

  • October 28th: Anniversary of saying "OHI" (NO) to Italian fascism.
  • November 17th: Anniversary of the Polytechnic uprising in 1973.
  • January 30th: Celebration of the Three Holy Fathers.
  • March 25th: Anniversary of the Revolution of 1821.
  • Shrove Monday
  • May 1st: Labor Day.
  • Holy Spirit Day: (Movable religious holiday).

No classes are held at HEIs between the end of the examination period at the end of the spring semester and the beginning of the winter semester in September.

Promotion, Advancement

According to Law 4009/2011, as far as their advancement is concerned, assistant professors and associate professors are entitled to ask for a position announcement at the next rank upon completing six years and four years respectively at their ranks.  In this case, the position announcement is mandatory.  The cognitive field of said position is specified in the announcement based on the faculty needs and the cognitive field of the candidates requesting advancement, in conjunction with their overall work, as it appears in their application.  If assistant and associate professors do not advance to the next rank, they have the right to request the position announcement again after at least three years have elapsed since their request for advancement was rejected.

Professors' selection and advancements irrespective of their rank are concluded by special seven membered committees consisting of professors or first rank researchers or, in  the case of performance assessments for the ranks of assistant professors and associate professors, also comprising associate professors or researchers of the corresponding rank displaying scientific work in  the same or, if there is not, in a cognitive field corresponding to the relevant field of the position announced or of the professor requesting advancement respectively. The professors attaining advancement must assume their duties within three months since the notification of the Rector’s/TEI President’s relevant act.  The Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs examines the legality of any advancement either ex officio or following a relevant report submitted by an elected professor’s fellow candidate or any institution’s academic community member.

Specifically, the procedure involves the following: the committee members are selected from the registers of domestic and foreign members, who are classified according to their discipline by the Dean, they are approved by the Assembly and updated every two years. At least three members must come from the register of foreign members.  The other members may come either from the register of domestic or the register of foreign members.  The foreign and domestic members are replaced by an equal number of foreign and domestic members.  The regular and alternate members of the committee shall be appointed and made public by decision of the dean.  The committee is obliged to request a written evaluation for each candidate by two foreign professors or researchers from the foreign members’ register (or from the domestic members’ register, if this is not possible) and by two professors or researchers nominated by the candidate and do not necessarily belong to the Foundation’s registers.  The committee selects the most suitable candidate and one runner up.  A specifically justified report is drawn up regarding the selection and it is forwarded to the Rector, who will examine its legality.  The appointment is made within two months further to an act by the Rector.  The election or development process is completed within the period specified in the Organization of the Foundation.  The organization, monitoring and publication of election and development processes of the Foundation’s teachers, as well as nominations are mandatory submitted via an electronically integrated management system through which each Foundation establishes and maintains its registers of domestic and foreign members.

Retirement and Pensions

In University and Technology Education, Universities Teaching and Research Staff members as well as Education Staff members of the Technological Education Institutes and the Higher School of Pedagogical and Technological Education retire ipso jure from their position at the end of the academic year in which they turn 67 years old.  Early retirement may be granted, under certain conditions (age, years of service), after submission of relevant application by the interested party.  In this case, the pension received is reduced.