University rector resigns over express diplomas scandal

The rector of Alexander Dubček University in Trenčín (TnUAD), Miroslav Mečár, has announced his resignation, Education Minister Ján Mikolaj (Slovak National Party, SNS) said on Tuesday, January 19.

The rector of Alexander Dubček University in Trenčín (TnUAD), Miroslav Mečár, has announced his resignation, Education Minister Ján Mikolaj (Slovak National Party, SNS) said on Tuesday, January 19.

Mikolaj stated that an investigation into TnUAD, which is mired in a scandal over the issuing of 'express diplomas' to certain students, had found further breaches of the law.

"No university may adjust lifelong-education in such a way that part of this education is acknowledged as a college education," Mikolaj told the TASR newswire. According to him, the ministry has looked at the records of over 300 graduates, finding evidence that students didn't pass enough exams or gain enough credits. He added that the investigation is still under way. In October 2009, the Education Ministry suspended TnUAD's right to grant bachelor degrees in Human Resources and Personal Management. According to Mikolaj, TnUAD broke the law by awarding degrees with indecent haste. At the same time, the ministry asked General Prosecutor Dobroslav Trnka to look into the case, as an aspect involving criminal law had emerged in the scandal. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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