Higher education in Ukraine: back to the USSR?

Friday, 10 December 2010 18:03


Ukraine’s Ministry of Education recently proposed draft law on "reforming" higher education in Ukraine has provoked a strong response from Dr. Serhiy Kvit, president of National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy.

At a press conference held in Kyiv on December 9th Dr. Kvit stated that, “the changes proposed by the draft law would effectively roll back the Academy's substantial achievements since its revival in 1992, returning higher education in Ukraine to the discredited Soviet era model of central government control”.

The proposals of Minister of Education Dmytro Tabachnyk would remove university autonomy and the academic, financial and organizational freedoms of independent universities.

In addition, the proposed changes would discourage and prevent integration of Ukrainian education with European and western standards of higher education.

The proposed changes also would prohibit Kyiv Mohyla Academy from using English as a second language as an admission criterion.

In an open letter dated December 6th addressed to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and Parliament Chairman Volodymyr Lytvyn, Dr. Serhiy Kvit warned that adoption of the draft law "will lead to a self-imposed isolation of the country in the sphere of education, as well as to the unacceptable degradation of the nation's science, education and economy."



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