Ukraine’s Ministry of Education, Research and Sports, led by Dmytro Tabachnik, marked the year-end holidays by proposing yet another draft law on higher education to codify control of the nation’s universities.
Days later, two additional draft laws intended to integrate Ukraine into the European educational systems were registered in Ukraine’s parliament – one by Arseniy Yatseniuk and Lesya Orobets, members of parliament and the Front of Change Party, and another by Yuri Miroshnichenko, a member of parliament and the representative of President Viktor Yanukovych. The proposed drafts facilitated more public and academic discussions on education reform.
Ministry attempts to pass a Soviet-style law failed last year due to resounding opposition embodied in student protests, and domestic and international demands for European standards and transparency. Kyiv Mohyla Academy, along with leading Ukrainian intellectuals, political and civic leaders, spoke unapologetically for autonomy and academic freedom.