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    Examining the differences between American and Greek education

    Greece’s debt crisis led to major implications across the country, including the eternal student phenomenon in higher education. An eternal student takes extra college courses to delay entering the workforce. Education in Greece is free, encouraging the delay. “Greece is in a difficult situation. How to keep the things such as quality, free education for all but, at the same time, creating avenues that people can find access to jobs,” Gerassimos Karabelias, professor at Panteion University in Greece, said. Karabelias spoke at Queens College on Oct. 19 about the effects of the Greek debt crisis, which began in 2009. “Students did not feel stressed or pressured to complete their studies.…

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    First Muslim college in the U.S. hopes to become a leading religious institution

    Founded in 2009 by Imam Zaid Shakir, Hamza Yusuf and Dr. Hatem Bazian, Zaytuna College in Berkeley, Calif., is the first Muslim college in the U.S. The new school has 31 students and rents space from a Baptist seminary; it is not yet accredited. Zaytuna aims to combine traditional Islamic teachings with a contemporary perspective. According to its website, “there are no accredited academic institutions capable of training students in the varied sciences of Islam, while also instilling in them a sophisticated understanding of the intellectual history and culture of the West. Clearly, there is an essential need for Muslim institutions that can wed Islam’s classical texts with the contemporary context.” With regards to U.S.-Islamic…