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Ministry backs life-long learning

SLOVAKIA'S Education Ministry will prepare a program to support life-long learning, Education Minister Ján Mikolaj announced following a meeting with European Commissioner for Education Ján Figeľ on October 2 in Bratislava.

The program is to be financed from EU funds and aims to increase the mobility of students regardless of their age. Universities in particular will be able to apply for funds for life-long learning projects. According to Mikolaj, however, universities are not yet prepared to do so.

The minister believes that more foreign students will come to Slovakia in future because the country can offer relatively cheap and good university education.

"[Slovak] universities have bad marketing strategies for attracting foreign students," Mikolaj said, adding that other problems include a shortage of dormitory space and a lack of study options available in foreign languages.

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