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Round table: Higher education reform: achievements and conclusions

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The educational reform is a part of the economic reforms program launched in 2010. This reform was planned as an integrated reform and concerns all educational levels – from preschool to higher education. Reforming higher education turned to be the most complex and painful process. The main law, which should set the general direction of the reform – the new law “On higher education” still was not adopted. Various drafts of this law were criticized and induced public protests. Nevertheless, some changes did take place even without the new law. They concern such areas as management in higher education, rules of admission, privileges in higher education, government order, etc. Some of these changes can be considered positive, but there are negative tendencies as well.

These and other topics were discussed during the round table, which was held in Dnepropetrovsk, on May 16. The round table “Higher education reform:  achievements and conclusions” was organized by Center for social and economic research CASE Ukraine with support of media agency Promedia Consulting and a number of other organizations and experts.

The roundtable was organized within the project titled «Popular Economy: Reform Monitoring» that CASE Ukraine has been implementing under financial support of Open Society Institute.  The main goal of the project is to bring professional discussion about country development beyond the audience of trained experts and build the dialogue with general public. 

Roundtable handouts:

1)     Presentation “Higher education reform: equal access and financing” (ukr);

2)      Report “Education reform in Ukraine” (ukr);

3)     Presentation “”European standards” in higher education: real and imaginary” (ukr).

May 22, 2013