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Record number of students at Slovak universities in 2007

There were 220,059 students at Slovak universities in 2007, a new record which represents year-on-year growth of 5 percent, according to the annual report on the state of universities in 2007 that the Slovak government learned of on July 2.

There were 220,059 students at Slovak universities in 2007, a new record which represents year-on-year growth of 5 percent, according to the annual report on the state of universities in 2007 that the Slovak government learned of on July 2.

As many as 37.8 percent of Slovak university students were studying off campus in 2007, the TASR newswire wrote. While there were 9,792 Slovak post-graduate students at Slovak universities, another 573 post-graduate students were from abroad.

"One of the shortcomings of the current situation includes the persistent low mobility of students and university staff, as well as the low ratio of foreign students at our universities. However, the trend has been positive over the past few years," the Education Ministry states in the report.

According to the report, the average income of an employee at a public university in Slovakia in 2007 was Sk22,256 (€734), up by 7.6 percent compared to 2006. The average income of a university teacher was Sk28,822 (€951), and the income of a professor was Sk41,245 (€1,361).

In 2007, university education in Slovakia was being provided by 20 public, 10 private, and 3 state universities. No new university was established in 2007, as the government refused to grant state approval for five entities that were interested in operating as a private university. The activities of schools were influenced by the wide-ranging amendment to the Universities Act that came into effect on September 1, 2007. The amendment made changes to the terms and conditions of providing university education, the social support of students, strengthening of research at universities through specialised workplaces and to the accreditation process. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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