“Demography is disappointing”: the MES plans to reduce the number of higher education institutions in Ukraine

“Demography is disappointing”: the MES plans to reduce the number of higher education institutions in Ukraine


In recent years, the number of school graduates has been decreasing in Ukraine, so there should be a reduction or consolidation of higher education institutions.

Deputy Minister of Education and Science Mykhailo Vynnytskyi said this in an interview with The Ukrainians.

According to him, last year there were about 360,000 school graduates in Ukraine, while in 2008 this number reached 640,000.

In 2008, about 350 educational institutions were operating, with an average of 6.7 thousand students.

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At the same time, in 2021, the total number of institutions will decrease to 300. On average, about 3,400 students are getting an education in each of them, added Mykhailo Vinnytskyi.

“The problem of the outflow of Ukrainian students abroad is much smaller than we think. Based only on demography, which does not take into account the indicators of migration related to the war, we see a constant decrease in the number of people who were born on the territory of Ukraine 17 years ago.

By 2033, we will have approximately 300,000 graduates, and this is a figure that assumes the return of territories not yet controlled by Ukraine.” – says the deputy head of the Ministry of Education and Culture.

He also added that, in addition to 100 private institutions of higher education and 40 communal ones, there are almost 170 state universities in Ukraine today.

The ministry has developed a draft law on the reform of higher education, as a result of which the number of higher education institutions should decrease to about 100.

“There must be a certain reduction or consolidation of higher education institutions. In addition, the draft law provides not only for reducing the number of universities, but also for improving their quality.”– added Mykhailo Vynnytskyi.

Earlier, we reported that the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports expects that the reform of higher education will start working from the academic year in 2024.

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