University World News: New dawn for higher education in Ukraine?

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April 8, 2012, 2:08 p.m. | Op-ed — by Serhiy Kvit

Serhiy Kvit

Serhiy Kvit is Ukraine's minister of education.

In my previousblog, I wrote about Ukraine's new law on higher education. This has now developed in quite an unexpected way.

To understand the way things work in Ukraine, one must remember that it is a post-Soviet state with its own features that cannot be compared to any other system in the world. For example, it is quite natural for a Ukrainian official, even one not suspected of being corrupt, to think one thing, say another and act in a way that reflects neither what he thinks nor his proclaimed position. Under these conditions, laws are not just bypassed but become so flexible that they can be used in support of totally opposite positions.

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