20.05.2010

We will therefore continue to make progress in the Bologna process, and we are willing to coordinate our work in the area with that of our colleagues here in Ukraine - President Medvedev stated in a meeting with students from Kiev National University, May, 18,2010, Kiev.

 

We are taking part in the Bologna process, and decided to do so with a certain amount of anxiety in our hearts because many universities opposed the idea of changing their system and moving away from the system of specializations to the system of bachelor and masters degrees. But we decided to make these changes and I think that the results are normal on the whole. There are no big contradictions between these two education tracks, and I think that the situation will continue to level out with time.

Students should have a choice about what kind of education they get. I think this is the most important matter as far as Russia is concerned. Each student should have the right to choose which system suits them better the system providing specialisations, or the bachelor and masters degree system. Doubts have been expressed about how prepared our education system is and we have close, practically identical education systems for these changes. This is because the course within the specializations system lasts for a greater number of years. Many times I have heard people asking what kind of specialist is it that can be trained in just 3-4 years, especially in the exact sciences, in engineering, say. But I think that, on the whole, we have managed these changes quite well and the situation is relatively calm now. We will therefore continue to make progress in the Bologna process, and we are willing to coordinate our work in the area with that of our colleagues here in Ukraine.

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