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Attached is the summary.
Marta Farion

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From: "Marta Farion" <marta@farion.org>
To: "Natalia Pylypiuk" 
<natalia.pylypiuk@ualberta.ca>; 
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Sent: Wednesday, February 02, 2011 10:17 PM
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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.
>
> Sincerely,
>
> Marta Farion
> President-Kyiv Mohyla Foundation of America
> marta@farion.org
>
>
> 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:
>
> http://tsn.ua/ukrayina/u-radi-provalili-zakonoproekt-tabachnika-pro-vischu-osvitu.html
>
> http://www.newsmarket.com.ua/2011/02/zakonoproekt-tabachnika-pro-osvitu-ne-proyshov-komisiyi/
>
> http://news.finance.ua/ua/~/1/0/all/2011/02/02/226211
>
>
>
>
>
> 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 Building.
>
>
>
> “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:
>
> http://education.unian.net/ukr/detail/189927
>
> http://www.radiosvoboda.org/content/article/2293115.html
>
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoOsilkBNOc
> http://vikna.stb.ua/news/2011/1/31/48801/
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-tVDRmtRnk&feature=player_embedded#
> http://www.novy.tv/reporter/ukraine/2011/01/31/19/59.html
>
>
>
>
>
> 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: 
> http://www.miroshnychenko.ua/
>
> 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 Ukraine.
>
>
>
>
> 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, 
> 2011:
>
> http://hmaro4os.org.ua/informatsiya-pro-te-scho-v-mohylyantsi-skorochuvatymut-vykladatskyj-sklad-ne-vidpovidae-dijsnosti-serhij-kvit.html
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> There is nothing to fear but fear itself.
>
> Franklin D. Roosevelt
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> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Natalia Pylypiuk" 
> <natalia.pylypiuk@ualberta.ca>
> To: <aaus-list@ukrainianstudies.org>
> Sent: Wednesday, February 02, 2011 4:42 PM
> Subject: [aaus-list] President of K-M Academy: 
> there will be no staff cuts
>
>
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>> Regards,
>> N. Pylypiuk
>> U of Alberta
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