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Re: Debate ensues over higher education, News Shorts, Volume 10, Number 44

Slovakia needs more universities that offer students quality courses of study in a wide variety of fields. To suggest that there are too many universities now is crazy, as the existing universities cannot keep up with the demand for places.

There is a dire need for more centres of learning, but the accreditation authorities in Slovakia need to do their job properly to ensure that "universities" meet certain quality standards. Fee-paying students and parents risk being duped by those who pretend to be something they are not.

Many talented young Slovaks would love to be able to study many subjects but they are unable to at present due to lack of opportunities at the higher educational level (e.g. theatre, music, arts). Not all students want to study business when they are 18, 19 and 20. Slovakia would definitely benefit from quality universities offering quality courses of study in many fields.

Bill Collinge,
England

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