Trnava University in Trnava faces the loss of its university status, according to preliminary results from the Education Ministry-run accreditation process, which was announced by committee members on Tuesday, August 11.
The accreditation process is set to be completed this autumn. Janos Selye University in Komárno was informed on Monday that it stands to lose its university status as well. Trnava University is said to have met two out of six criteria - the quality of research and the number of full-time doctoral degree students, while failing to deliver on others, for example the number of students per lecturer.
There are currently 18 higher education institutions in Slovakia permitted to call themselves universities. Under the accreditation findings, subject to the approval of the education minister, they will be divided into universities, colleges and technical colleges. According to the committee’s interim results, the Veterinary Medicine University of Košice, the Technical University of Zvolen, Comenius University (Bratislava) and the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava have all fulfilled the criteria needed to retain their university status. Comprehensive accreditation is conducted once every six years, the TASR newswire wrote. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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12. Aug 2009 at 10:00