Monday, 20 February 2012

Azarov: It is time to choose an On Higher Education Bill

Prime Minister of Ukraine, Mykola Azarov called for a meeting of the work group to be held as soon as possible. At the meeting they are to review the changes made to the On Higher Education law. He made this announcement on the social networking page Facebook, in response to a posted question. “This final work group meeting has been postponed several times because of proposals that are still being submitted. I have scheduled a meeting, on Tuesday, to review the final draft proposed by the work group,” announced Mr. Azarov.  read more

Friday, 17 February 2012

A New Version of the On Higher Education Bill is waiting for the Prime Minister’s Approval

Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov created a work group to revise the On Higher Education law. Recently, they finished their work. The work group was led by Mykhaylo Zhurovs’kyy, Chancellor of the National Technical University of Ukraine: Kyiv Polytechnic Institute (NTUU KPI). They sent their proposed revisions, along with a packet of documents, to the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine (to see the proposed changes visit http://kpi.ua). This version includes the full text of the bill, including the final and transitional provisions which coordinate with other laws and regulations. The only thing that still needs to be done is for the legal team to review the document and for a final edit to be done.  read more

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Miroshnychenko Ready to Abandon His Proposed Higher Education Bill

“All the meetings held by the work group were open to the public. During any part of the process, any individual, connected to the educational sphere, could have joined the discussions. The work group made decisions not by voting, but by achieving maximal concordance on all positions. On the whole, the document is ready, it only needs a few technicalities finalized,” stated Mr. Y. Miroshnychenko read more

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

On Thursday, Mykola Azarov will Hold a Meeting to Discuss the Final Version of the Higher Education Bill

On Thursday, February 16th, Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov plans to hold the final meeting to discuss the On Higher Education bill. He made this announcement while discussing how to develop information technologies in Ukraine.  read more

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Mykhaylo Honcharenko, Director of the SIEE: “Our Goal is to Substantially increase the Quality of Education”

On February 13, 2012, at the informational agency UKRINFORM a press-conference was held by the State Inspection of Educational Establishments (SIEE) of Ukraine to discuss the quality of education in establishments of higher education (HEIs). Mr. Honcharenko reported that when the state conducts inspections (controls) they first evaluate how establishments are progressing on the tasks assigned to them by the President and the Ministry of Education and Science, Youth and Sports.  read more

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Likarchuk: The reason for the poor quality of Ukrainian Education is the absence of a Quality Monitoring System

There was a press-conference at UKRINFORM on the topic: The Quality of Ukrainian Education and the System that monitors it: realities and possibilities. The Center for Testing Technologies and Education Quality Monitoring organized the press-conference. Participants included: Ihor Likarchuk—Director of the Center for Testing Technologies and Education Quality Monitoring, Ivan Babyn—expert and national correspondent for implementing European Space for Higher Education qualifications, Inna Sovsun—expert, leader of the community organization Center for Society Research and Liliya Hrynevych—Coordinator of the Front for Change’s Knowledge Society. During the press conference, the experts analyzed the current system of monitoring the quality of education in Ukraine and publicized their opinions on how it functions.  read more

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Conceptual Framework for Reforming Higher Education as Defined by the President of Ukraine

The basic conceptual framework for reforming higher education, as defined by the President of Ukraine in the following regulations, program statements and other documents:  read more

Monday, 6 February 2012

Education is waiting for Change

In Ukraine they are choosing a new On Higher Education law. Despite educators preferring the opposition’s proposal, experts regrettably predict that it will be the Minister’s bill that gets passed in the end. Over the past six months the most discussed topic among educators has been changes to the On Higher Education law, because this document sets the course for education in Ukraine. Three bills are on the table: Dmytro Tabachnyk’s #9655 (from the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine), Arseniy Yatsenyuk and Lesya Orobets’s #9655-1, and National People’s Deputy Yuriy Miroshnychenko’s #9655-2. Whenever the Ukrainian Parliament votes to ratify one of these bills, establishments of higher education (HEIs) will be forced to practically recreate the educational process. Educators are united in the belief that none of the proposed bills is ideal and that the lesser of the three evils should be ratified. Considering the fact that the three bills cover 45 pages, Hazeta can’t print them in their entirety but in this article the main issues in each bill will be presented.  read more

Monday, 30 January 2012

Azarov Decided to Fight Corruption in HEIs

Prime Minister Mykola Azarov believes that the legislation on Higher Education needs to include a special section on fighting corruption in establishments of higher education (HEIs).  read more

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Mykhaylo Zhurovs’kyy: Reforms to Higher Education—Necessary for Social Change

Higher education creates the human capital of a nation. It is responsible for the nation’s social development, which in turn realizes the potential of this capital. The potential of a nation depends on the level of education and professional competency of its people read more

Monday, 9 January 2012

3rd Black Sea Conference on Assessment in Education

he 3rd Black Sea Conference will be held in Batumi, Georgia, on 8-9 June 2012. The theme of this conference is New Technologies in Educational Assessment. The Black Sea Conferences are organized by the Georgian National Examination Centre and aims at bringing together researchers, practitioners and policy makers from the region to learn about and discuss important developments in the field of educational assessment.  read more

Monday, 9 January 2012

What’s Proposed by the 3 New On Higher Education Bills

The past two weeks have been very eventful—three On Higher Education bills were registered in the Ukrainian Parliament. The first bill was submitted by the government; violating the rules they submitted an old but revised bill prepared by the Ministry (it was analyzed before the New Year). The second was a bill submitted by National People’s Deputies Orobets and Yatsenyuk—we’ll call it the parliamentary bill. The third bill was registered on the day before Christmas by the President’s representative in Parliament, National People’s Deputy Miroshnychenko; it too is a newly revised version of an old bill—let’s call it the Presidential bill. So, what changes do these three bills propose for Ukrainian university professors? To what degree do they promote the interests of HEI faculty? read more

Friday, 30 December 2011

Mariya Zubryts’ka for Dzerkalo Tyzhnya: Tendencies in our Education System Give Cause for Alarm

Even a superficial analysis of the new Polish law on Higher Education and the legislation registered in the Ukrainian Parliament indicate that Ukraine is moving in the opposite direction of Poland. Poland has finally rejected centralized standards in higher education and has made the revolutionary first step towards full academic freedom. Academic freedom is crucial if universities are to have autonomy. Universities themselves determine how to prepare their students, and they decide exactly which programs and courses to offer. The new law allows establishments of higher education to offer various unique courses and programs.  read more

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Conflict at the Donetsk National University: 25 Individuals Fired

The professional association of the largest establishment of higher education (HEI) is openly opposing interim Chancellor Petro Yehorov. Volodymyr Podmarkov, President of the Union announced that the Union’s committee has demanded that Minister Dmytro Tabachnyk fire Mr. Yehorov because he systematically violates employment laws.  read more

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Tabachnyk Willing to Become a National People’s Deputy for the Fifth Time

The Minister of Education and Science, Youth and Sports, Dmytro Tabachnyk states that he is willing to run in parliamentary elections. He made this announcement during an interview with Interfax-Ukraine  read more

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Minister Tabachnyk Expects Legislation on Higher Education to be Ratified in the First Half of 2012

“I think that this will be done in the first half of 2012. It should take effect as soon as it is ratified; the financial aspects will be addressed when the new budget is prepared and will gain force when the 2013 budget is ratified,” said the Minister during an interview with Interfax-Ukraine. According to Tabachnyk the Council of Europe’s Committee on Education and Science was pleased with the final draft of the Ukrainian legislation on higher education.  read more

Monday, 26 December 2011

Minister Tabachnyk Held a MoESYS Meeting

On December 23, 2011 Minister Dmytro Tabachnyk chaired a meeting of the Ministry of Education and Science, Youth and Sports. Members of the board, National People’s Deputies, and representatives of the nation’s executive branch participated in the meeting. Ravil Safiullin, Chairman of the State Department of Youth and Sports of Ukraine reported on the progress of implementing the changes proposed by the Public Humanitarian Council led by President of Ukraine, Victor Yanukovych dated September 30, 2010. These proposals involved developing physical education, group sports, and improving the health of various segments of the Ukrainian population through physical activity and organized sports.  read more

Friday, 23 December 2011

Party of Regions Member, Maksym Luts’kyy Acknowledges that Diplomas from Some Ukrainian Universities are Worthless

Maksym Luts’kyy, Chairman of the Ukrainian Parliamentary Committee on Education and Science is convinced that increasing autonomy for establishments of higher education (HEIs) and increasing the quality of the educational process can only be accomplished by decreasing the number of HEIs. He voiced this opinion when answering a question posed by journalists about the future of private HEIs in light of the new legislation On Higher Education.  read more

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

The Sixth Meeting of USETI Alliance Partners

The sixth meeting of the Alliance for the Development of the Ukrainian Standardized Testing Initiative was held on December 21, 2011 in Kyiv. At the meeting representatives from leading universities, experts, and the U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID) discussed how external independent testing (EIT) should be developed to promote equal access to higher education read more

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

On Approving the Procedure for Monitoring the Quality of Education

Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine #1283 dated December 14, 2011  read more

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