Pan-European University's law school loses accreditation

EDUCATION Minister Juraj Draxler halted the accreditation of the Pan-European University’s Faculty of Law for programmes at both bachelor and magister degrees for full-time and external studies.

(Source: SME)

The reason is that the programmes ran under different conditions than under which it got accreditation, the Education Ministry informed in a press release.

The Accreditation Committee carried out an inspection at the faculty based on several submitted motions and found out that the education took place at sites which did not have accreditation. Moreover, the content of the programme has been altered and currently takes place under different conditions, outside the faculty as well as the school itself, mostly in the Czech Republic.

The decision means that the faculty now cannot enrol new students. Those already studying at the school will be able to finish their studies, the ministry informed.

The university will now have to adopt measures to remove the errors and submit a report about the steps in one year. The report will then go to the Accreditation Committee which will evaluate it, and based on this evaluation the education minister will decide on restoring or revoking the accreditation. This means that if the school removes the errors, it may restore the entrance exams in summer and start a new semester, according to the ministry.

Also the Czech Bar Association criticised the graduates of the Pan-European University. It did not want them as intern barristers and did not want to allow them to undergo the barrister exams.

“We do not want to create obstacles to students in their future jobs, but we have doubts about the quality of education at some schools, and we also mind that some subsidiaries lack accreditation to teach the Czech law,” Iva Chaloupková, spokesperson for the Czech Bar Association, said, as quoted in the press release.

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