The Russian Students Union is opposed to Russian Education and Science Minister Dmitry Livanov’s initiative of reducing the number students receiving full scholarships in universities, the union’s press service said on Tuesday.
Livanov said that Russia should not reduce the number of universities, but reduce the number of students who study at public expense. According to the minister, the state could cut the number of students on free scholarships in half, while increasing funding for the remaining places. He noted that, for example, currently the country “does not need so many” engineers, but there are three times more places in higher educational institutions for these majors than there was before.
“The minister’s statement, who received his education for free, contradicts the social obligations, which the state takes upon itself. We believe that the fundamental principle of educational reform should be accessibility and quality of education,” the union stated.