Author/source: Mattias Kitsing/Eesti Üliõpilaskondade Liit

The recent developments are worrying. The University of Tartu has taken a long leap forward, in relation to insufficient public funding, towards reintroducing tuition fees. In the newspaper of media students Neljas Dimensioon the topic is explained; a commentary is given also by Eleri Pilliroog, Eesti Üliõpilaskondade Liit (EÜL) .

An extract from the article:

  • Raul Eamets (dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences): "According to the info received from the politicians, the state is not increasing the funding and the whole master's education in the social sciences will be based on tuition fees in the coming 3-5 years."
  • Eesti Üliõpilaskondade Liit share the fear for such a development and consequently oppose the university's decision.

The parliament parties Isamaa, EKRE ja SD have assured their support earlier to the commitment to:

  • Public funding of higher education of 1.5% of GDP
  • Free Estonian speaking higher education

Keskerakond has not committed itself to 1.5% promise, though they have claimed:

  • Tuition fees are not a solution

The only party questioned the free higher education, though not decisively talked against either, is Reformierakond:

  • It does not mean the free education perishes but the universities gain an option to offer both - free and tuition based education

The stakes of all of the parties in the Parliament one can find on riigikogu.ee . Additionally, be referred to the EKRE's newspaper uueduudised.eewhich writes:

  • The rector of Maaülikool Mait Klaassen, Mart Kalm, the rector of Kunstiülikool, and Jaak Aaviksoo, a former rector of Tehnikaülikool have expressed desire to end the free higher education. However, the current rector of Tehnikaülikool, Tiit Land, has been supportive of the free education. 

 

 

One comment on “Murettekitavad arengud kõrgharidusmaastikul – Tartu Ülikool on astunud jõudsa sammu tasulise õppe taastamise suunas

  • Rektorid on varem arutanud kehva rahastamise üle ja leidnud, et alternatiivid selles olukorras on kas tasuline õpe või järeleandmine hariduse tasemes. Ma tõsimeeli poodan järeleandmist tasemes, kui on valik nende kahe halva vahel! Asi on selles, et säilivad võrdsed võimalused õppijatele ja samas andekad ja õpihimulsed leiavad ikka võimalusi juurde õppida, sh. individuaalõppe ja -juhendamise korras. Õppejõud/teadased panevad neid tähele, sest võimekas tudeng panustab teadustöösse!

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