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BNS Press Conference on Higher Education Reform

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The reform of higher education proposed by the leaders divided the academic community into two camps: the leaders of one of the schools of higher education announced the support of the reform of higher education, others - completely disagreeing with it. Vilnius University (VU) may need to reduce lecturers' post-higher education reform, but Juozas Lazutka, the vice rector of VU, appreciated the reform itself.

The reform of higher education proposed by the leaders divided the academic community into two camps: the leaders of one of the schools of higher education announced the support of the reform of higher education, others - completely disagreeing with it. Vilnius University (VU) may need to reduce lecturers' post-higher education reform, but Juozas Lazutka, the vice rector of VU, appreciated the reform itself.

The status can be reduced because we can not bring students to some specialties. If the distribution of the current curriculum provisions across the study areas remains, then in some areas of the state, in the fields of physical and technological sciences, we can lose up to 40-50%. of students, it is state funding, and the study programs are expensive enough. (...) Expecting to gather students who pay full tuition fees is not quite realistic, "said Lazutka at the press conference at the BNS on Tuesday. Remigijus Žaliūnas, rector of the Kaunas University of Medicine, told the press conference on Tuesday that the proposed reform was beneficial to the universities. so that the university does not plan to reduce the number of posts and thus "save at the expense of teachers." The university should be attractive for high school students to pursue their professional career or career. If there is no such attraction, then something really needs to be done with that high school, "said R. Žaliūnas, the president of the Lithuanian Students' Union (LSS), Dainius Dikšaitis, said that the LSS supports the ongoing reform." It is about the changes in the evaluation systems, we are talking about the quality control of the studies is finally discussed about the funding needed to finance one place of study - this has not been the case so far. "We also see the preconditions for improving the quality of life of students," said D. Dikšaitis, a representative of the Lithuanian Students' Union on Higher Education reform, Grötė Švėgždaitė also said supporting the reform. "There are concrete proposals and if they are valued, and if they are useful - they are really most commonly accepted. We are glad that different interest groups are taken into account, "she said, assessing the new edition of the Law on Science and Studies, prepared by the Ministry of Education and Science.