Prešov University and the Slovak Agricultural University in Nitra may be stripped of their status as universities.
The Slovakia’s higher education Accreditation Committee (AK) has proposed demoting them to college status. Education minister Ján Mikolaj will make the final decision about whether they can continue to be called universities. Evaluation reports published by the AK this week suggest that the university in Nitra failed in just one area between 2002 and 2005: its ratio of first- and second-year students to professors, associate professors and junior lecturers with higher scientific degrees. Between 2006 and 2007, it fulfilled the criterion.
Prešov University failed on three of the six criteria. The Accreditation Committee found that it did not meet the required share of financial resources allocated to research projects based on its number of professors, associate professors and researchers. It also did not have a sufficient number of internal inceptors relative to its total of associate professors and professors in 2003, or the required number of first- and second-year students per lecturer.
Slovak higher education institutions are required to undergo complex accreditation every six years, in order to classify them as universities, colleges or expert colleges. The final results of the most recent accreditation will be published in the autumn, the TASR newswire wrote.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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