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Wednesday, September 05, 2012 The authorities do not plan to reduce the budget places in universities
The Russian government does not intend to reduce the budget places in the universities. This was announced by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at a meeting with students at St. Petersburg State Technological Institute (Technical University). According to him, the Russian government has tough stance: nobody plans to cut down budget places.

“In future, the problem to be examined. Let us see. But, of course, we are to take into account the financial abilities,” said the prime minister.

Moreover, Medvedev spoke out against the radical reduction of higher education institutions in the country.

“I never said that, instead of 1,050 schools in the country, there were 600, as it was in the Soviet times ... I remind you that life has changed. In the USSR 30-40 % of school children entered higher education institutions, and now ― about 100 %. And there isn’t much to it because professional and educational standards are getting higher and higher,” he added.

However, in his opinion, we need to streamline the higher education system. Universities offering diplomas that are out of the running in the labor market, can be converted into a secondary special education institutions or attached to larger universities, reported RIA Novosti.

We recall, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that by the end of this year, inefficient state higher education institutions should be identified. In addition, their reorganization program should be developed and approved by May 2013.

The authorities do not plan to reduce the budget places in universities

Last update: Wednesday, September 05, 2012 1:16:08 PM

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