At present, many young Ukrainians go to universities to get any diploma, basing their choice not on personal skills or prospects, but rather availability at popular institutions. Experts say this trend is encouraged by poor preparation at schools, where teachers fail to explain the value of studying or fail to conduct professionally oriented classes. Sometimes classmates don’t help.
“Many future students don’t understand the essential elements of their profession,” said Artem Onkovych, lecturer at Taras Shevchenko National University in Kyiv. “Parents and friends greatly influence young people and push them to make wrong professional decisions.”
Egor Stadnyi, an expert at the Society Research Centre, believes students should carefully study the ratings of universities and needs of the labor market before enrolling. But Ukraine’s universities often lack their own freedom to change curricula, due to Education Ministry bureaucracy. “It would be better for each university to approve its own syllabus,” he said.