During an online communication with the US university community, President Volodymyr Zelensky invited scientists to join the program to restore schools and universities in Ukraine, the press service of the President’s Office reported on Monday.
As the head of state said, a big plan for the restoration of Ukraine is being developed, which, in particular, provides for the restoration of schools, universities, institutes and other educational institutions.
“Thousands of educational institutions have been destroyed. For us, this is a great tragedy. Therefore, we will only be grateful to you if we have such restoration projects at the level of ministries of education, the level of educational programs, the level of universities,” the president said.
“When we talk about resumption, it is not only a question of money, but also of specialists. Because we can build some kind of institute, university, but it is very important that there are people who are carriers of knowledge and specialists. Therefore, we are ready for such joint work and will be very grateful if you help us develop new educational programs,” he added.
Zelensky stressed that the plan for the restoration of Ukraine provides for programs for the restoration of various sectors of the economy and public life.
“We are forming partnerships with this or that institution, with this or that state. We even have patronage. We already have several examples. I know that the United States will choose for itself a suitable region for the restoration of our country, Canada, European states,” the President said.
For the first time in history, the head of the Ukrainian state addressed the students and leaders of major universities under the auspices of the American Association of Universities. Representatives of about fifty institutions joined the meeting, including Yale University, Harvard University, Boston University, Duke University, Cornell University, Brown University. About 5.5 thousand students watched the live broadcast on campuses, the press service reports.
Minister of Education and Science Serhiy Shkarlet says there will be no entrance exams to universities, and enrollment will take place through a special electronic system.
“There will be no exams at universities, in order to avoid manifestations of corruption. A mechanism similar to external independent assessment will be created, but without the participation of a child. Everything will be transparent, since the computer does not take part in any corruption schemes,” Shkarlet said on Ukrainian TV channels.
Shkarlet said that entry into universities will be carried out according to some kind of electronic system.
He also said that a bill has already been submitted to the Verkhovna Rada, which cancels the final certification in the external independent assessment for graduate students for 2022.
The Minister is confident that the Parliament will adopt this bill in the near future.
Eight Ukrainian higher education institutions are represented in the QS World University Rankings 2022, according to the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.
“Eight Ukrainian higher educational institutions are represented in the QS World University Rankings 2022. This year, the university rating is the largest in the entire history of the study, it includes 1,300 higher educational institutions,” the ministry’s press service said.
It is noted that the highest position in the ranking among Ukrainian universities according to the research results is occupied by Karazin Kharkiv National University (511-520 position).
Further the ranking include Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv with 601-650 position; Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute with 651-700 position; Ihor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute with 701-750 position; Sumy State University with 701-750 position; Lviv Polytechnic National University with 801-1000 position; National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy with 1001-1200 position; Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, which entered the rating for the first time, with 1001-1200 position.
According to the statement, the top position in the ranking for the tenth consecutive year is occupied by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The QS World University Rankings, which was founded in 2004, has evolved into an authoritative benchmarking tool for benchmarking university performance.
Higher educational institutions throughout Ukraine will be transferred to distance learning due to the aggravation of the situation with the incidence of COVID-19, and the autumn holidays will begin a week earlier in general education schools, but the final decision on this issue will be made by local authorities, head of the parliamentary committee on issues of health of the nation, medical care and health insurance Mykhailo Radutsky said.
“During the last meeting, the President of Ukraine made a number of important decisions to combat the COVID-19 epidemic … We are temporarily transferring universities to distance learning. This decision is fully supported by the leadership of educational institutions. Unfortunately, there are already several outbreaks of infection of employees and students, as well as fatal cases. Last week, the Dean of the Faculty of Geography of the Shevchenko National University of Kyiv died … Autumn holidays in schools should start earlier. The start date of the holidays is determined by the local authorities, but it is optimal if the holidays start next week, before October 15,” wrote Radutsky on Facebook on Sunday.