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Dear Colleagues,

Due to the inquiries and misinformation related to 
the Law on Higher Education in Ukraine, and the 
position of National University of Kyiv Mohyla 
Academy, I prepared a summary of the current 
status listed below.

The good news is that Ukraine's Parliamentary 
Commission on Education defeated Minister 
Tabachnyk's proposed draft law on higher education 
today.  Further good news is that Kyiv Mohyla 
Academy's standing as a respected university and 
the leader of reform in higher education, 
university autonomy and academic freedom is 
unquestioned.  Rumors of diminished faculty ranks 
and academic programs and closures are unfounded.

I returned from Kyiv two days ago and witnessed 
the round the clock work of Vyacheslav 
Bryukhovetsky and Serhiy Kvit related to the 
controversial activities of the Ministry of 
Education.  The faculty and students of Kyiv 
Mohyla Academy are secure in their position as 
leaders in promoting university autonomy and 
academic freedom.

I take this opportunity to thank everyone for 
their support of the National University of Kyiv 
Mohyla Academy and higher education in Ukraine.


Marta Farion
President-Kyiv Mohyla Foundation of America

Summary of January 31-February 2 Events in Kyiv

and Clarification of Information Related to

National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy and

the Law on Higher Education

Minister Tabachnyk’s Draft Law on Higher Education 
was Defeated on February 2

The Draft Law on Higher Education No.7486-1 
proposed by Ukraine’s Minister of Education Dmytro 
Tabachnyk, and formally registered for 
consideration in Parliament on December 22, 2010, 
was defeated today, February 2, 2011 at the 
Parliamentary Commission on Education.

The draft law proposed serious limitations on 
university autonomy, academic freedom, budget 
cuts, and other provisions that would return 
Ukraine to Soviet style control and censorship in 
education.  These provisions and budget cuts 
applied to all universities of Ukraine, not only 
to Kyiv Mohyla Academy.  The draft law also 
included the absurd proposal that universities 
with less than 10,000 students would no longer be 
considered universities.  Such a requirement would 
even disqualify some of the world’s most renown 
and respected universities and the suggestion was 
ridiculed by all.

Even before the proposal’s official registration, 
the defeated draft caused a heated reaction from 
various national and international academic 
circles and from the general public.  National 
University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy and Kyiv Mohyla 
Foundation of America issued official opposition 
to the draft law immediately upon its publication. 
Ukrainian Catholic University supported Kyiv 
Mohyla Academy’s statement.  Because rectors fear 
retribution in the form of dismissals and budget 
cuts, there were no statements issued by other 
universities of Ukraine.

For more information:




Student Protests

A student revolt against the proposed changes in 
education had been building for weeks.  Protests 
were organized in several cities of Ukraine.  At 
the initiative of Kyiv Mohyla Academy students, a 
group of over one thousand students from various 
universities protested in Kyiv against budget cuts 
and centralized control of education on January 
31.  Banners displaying signs such as,  “Kyiv 
Mohyla Academy Against Commercialization of 
Education”, “Tabachnyk Het (Tabachnyk Out)”, 
“Equality, Freedom and Student Solidarity”  were 
prominent.  The protest began at the Metro Station 
Khreshchatyk and proceeded to the Parliament 

“This proposal brings education under total 
control of the ministry. This means that all 
disciplines, all books and subjects to be learned 
will depend on the ministry’s approval”, stated 
Yagor Stadnyk of Kyiv Mohyla Academy.  He 
continued, “This is only our first warning.  We, 
students of Kyiv Mohyla Academy and the other 
universities of Ukraine will not give up our 
destinies and our futures.”  Some students of 
other universities wore masks for fear of 
retribution by university administration or 
government authorities.

Member of Parliament Andriy Shevchenko met the 
students outside the Parliament building and 
stated that no law on education reform would be 
passed without an open debate that would include 
students.  The combination of student pressure, 
other negotiations and support of the president’s 
administration resulted in the defeat of the draft 
law proposed by Mr. Tabachnyk.

Details on student protests are available on the 
following sites:




An alternate Draft Law on Education proposed by 
Yuriy Miroshnichenko.

The controversy surrounding Mr. Tabachnyk’s draft 
law overshadowed the fact that another draft law 
on higher education was registered by Yuriy 
Miroshnichenko, member of the Party Regions and 
representative of President Yanukovych in 
Parliament.  This Draft Law On Higher Education, 
known as Draft № 7486, was registered on December 
17, 2011.  This proposed draft includes provisions 
which support university autonomy, academic 
freedom and Ukraine’s integration into the world 
academic community.   The draft is supported by 
Kyiv Mohyla Academy and the administration of 
President Yanukovych.  Hanna Herman, Deputy chief 
of staff of the presidential administration, has 
publicly opposed Mr. Tabachnyk’s proposals and 
called for support of Mr. Miroshnichenko’s draft 
on reforms in education which support European 
integration, autonomy and freedom.  Other members 
of the presidential administration also expressed 
support for reform.

For information on Mr. Miroshnichenko see: 

A reference on his draft is on his site.

An Open and Transparent Debate is Needed

The current situation requires an open debate, 
analysis and proposals for a comprehensive reform 
of higher education in Ukraine, which will become 
the basis for preparing the future generation to 
lead the country into a competitive political, 
economic and academic position.

The controversy brought to light not only the 
issues of academic freedom and university 
autonomy, but the country’s current and future 
political orientation.

Kyiv Mohyla Academy Leads Movement to Reform 
Ukraine’s Higher Education for All Universities of 

Kyiv Mohyla Academy’s administration, faculty and 
students have taken the lead in the effort of 
national reform in education.  The Academy’s 
position and standing in Ukraine has been 
strengthened in this process.  Reports of closure, 
dismissal or reduction of faculty or programs are 
unfounded. They are based on sensationalism and 
hearsay.  The budgetary reductions announced by 
the Ministry of Education relate to all of the 
country’s universities, not only Kyiv Mohyla 
Academy. Serhiy Kvit, president of Kyiv Mohyla 
Academy, clarified the university’s position today 
and stated that reductions in the budget will be 
implemented in other areas at the university, such 
as utilities or equipment, but that no reductions 
in faculty or academic programs will take place.

Statement of Dr. Serhiy Kvit dated February 2, 


There is nothing to fear but fear itself.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

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