Macquarie University is scrapping its Modern Greek program amid community outrage

According to a statement from Theo Premetis, the president of the Macquarie Greek Studies Foundation, Macquarie University’s Faculty of Arts will discontinue four languages: Italian, Croatian, Russian and Modern Greek.

This is a blow to modern Greek learning in NSW.

In April this year, Macquarie University issued a workplace change proposal to relevant academic staff, outlining the proposed creation of a new school.

A consultation document was shared with key external stakeholders, including the Foundation, and wider faculty, who were invited to provide their feedback.

The Foundation and its community partners, such as the Greek Community of NSW (GCNSW), advocated and supported the continuation of Modern Greek studies, even offering to fully cover program costs.

Regardless of the feedback, the University will proceed with the workplace change proposal. The decision includes the creation of a new academic unit combining four disciplines: criminology, politics and international relations, security studies and global cultures. The language programs will be in the form of ‘rest and teach’.

Current students enrolled in Modern Greek can complete their studies without interruption until the end of 2026, but new students will no longer be able to enroll in Modern Greek at Macquarie from semester 1 of 2025.

Although the Modern Greek major and degree and its curriculum components will be discontinued, the university has indicated that it may incorporate Greek language and culture-related units of study into the new Global Cultures discipline.

The final content and curriculum design for this field are expected by the end of 2025.

According to the statement, “The Foundation is now exploring proposals to support future students. ”

The Foundation will look to collaborate with the university and explore alternative ways to support “students with a passion for modern Greek language and culture in Australia”.