Attached is the summary. Marta Farion ----- Original Message ----- From: "Marta Farion" <email@example.com> To: "Natalia Pylypiuk" <firstname.lastname@example.org>; <email@example.com> Sent: Wednesday, February 02, 2011 10:17 PM Subject: Re: [aaus-list] President of K-M Academy: there will be no staff cuts > > 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 > firstname.lastname@example.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 > > > > > > There is nothing to fear but fear itself. > > Franklin D. Roosevelt > > > > > > > > > > > > > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "Natalia Pylypiuk" > <email@example.com> > To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> > Sent: Wednesday, February 02, 2011 4:42 PM > Subject: [aaus-list] President of K-M Academy: > there will be no staff cuts > > >> http://hmaro4os.org.ua/informatsiya-pro-te-scho-v-mohylyantsi-skorochuvatymut-vykladatskyj-sklad-ne-vidpovidae-dijsnosti-serhij-kvit.html >> >> ІНФОРМАЦІЯ ПРО МАЙБУТНІ ЗВІЛЬНЕННЯ ВИКЛАДАЧІВ У >> НАУКМА НЕ ВІДПОВІДАЄ ДІЙСНОСТІ – СЕРГІЙ КВІТ >> >> 2 лютого 2011 18:34 >> >> Regards, >> N. Pylypiuk >> U of Alberta >> >> _______________________________________________ >> aaus-list mailing list >> email@example.com >> http://www.brama.com/mailman/listinfo/aaus-list >> >
Tabachnyk's proposed draft law on education is defeated.doc
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