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Older professors can guarantee studies

BY OVERTURNING the presidential veto on the University Act amendment, parliament increased the age limit for guarantors of university study programmes from the current age of 65 to 70. The president had vetoed the amendment because he did not agree with the rationale of Smer MP Mojmír Mamojka, who drafted the amendment. Mamojka argued that the shortage of guarantors at several Slovak universities is due to the age restriction and that this endangers the studies of students currently enrolled in university studies as well as future students.

BY OVERTURNING the presidential veto on the University Act amendment, parliament increased the age limit for guarantors of university study programmes from the current age of 65 to 70. The president had vetoed the amendment because he did not agree with the rationale of Smer MP Mojmír Mamojka, who drafted the amendment. Mamojka argued that the shortage of guarantors at several Slovak universities is due to the age restriction and that this endangers the studies of students currently enrolled in university studies as well as future students.

Rectors of several Slovak universities and other higher education institutions opposed the amendment. They said the draft legislation interfered with the ongoing process of accreditation of higher education institutions.

As a result, Mamojka deferred the effective date of the legislation to October 2010, by which time the national accreditation process should be complete.


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