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Deputies of Legislative Assembly of Irkutsk region discussed problems of higher education - EastRussia | Far East

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Deputies of the Legislative Assembly of the Irkutsk region discussed the problems of higher education

Issues of the development of higher education in the Irkutsk region were discussed at the session of the Legislative Assembly, the press service of the representative body reported. The meeting discussed, in particular, the deputy's request for a range of problems.

Deputies in the request drew attention to the presence of problems in the Eurasian Linguistic University, Agrarian University, Ust-Ilimsky branch of the Baikal State University, as well as in the Ust-Kut Institute of Water Transport (branch) of the Siberian State University of Water Transport, which was under threat of closure.

As was noted at the session during the report of the Deputy Minister of Education of the region Yevgeny Torunov, 30 organizations of higher education, including nine state universities and 10 branches, three private universities, eight branches of universities, conduct educational activities in the region. The total number of undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students in 2017 is almost 72 thousand, including 43 thousand studying full-time. Over the past three years, the control figures for admission to universities in the Irkutsk region have almost doubled: from 4,9 thousand people in 2014 year to 8,6 thousand people in the current year. Speaking about the problematic issues identified in the deputy request, the deputy minister said that the branch in Ust-Ilimsk is functioning, the Agrarian University is successfully checking Rosobrnadzor, the branch in Ust-Kut is also functioning, and is preparing students for secondary education programs.

The parliamentarians stressed the need to coordinate the admission of entrants to certain specialties with the needs of the market and the economy of the region, and, according to the deputy corps, it is important to establish a clear interaction of all parties - government authorities, educational organizations and the business community. For example, as Deputy Vladimir Novozhilov stressed, the need for doctors is about 800 specialists annually, while the medical university graduates 400 people, it is not clear how many of them remain in the profession. According to the academic secretary of the Council of Rectors of the Irkutsk region Elena Apanovich, all universities show the level of the organization of specialists at about 86%. The deputy noted the need to increase budgetary places in universities for future professionals in the fields of health and culture. In the opinion of MP Alexander Balabanov, student trade unions should work more actively in all areas.

Deputy Oleg Kuznetsov, one of the authors of the deputy inquiry, noted that among those entering higher education institutions in Priangarya, the number of winners of competitions in various subjects is declining, which may indicate that our stars are entering higher education institutions in other regions. “Our high school has always been strong, but today it stands by the crisis line and requires concrete measures and decisions,” said the deputy. According to Yevgeny Torunov, one of such measures, including within the framework of the government’s work on deputy request, will be the creation of a special structure from 2018, the department under the regional ministry of education of the Irkutsk region, which will deal with the development of higher education and the problems of the sphere.

Speaker of the regional parliament Sergey Brilka drew attention to the results of the recent accreditation of the ISU. At the historical faculty of the ISU the bachelor's program "International Relations and Foreign Policy" has not been accredited. Today, students are offered to continue their education in other cities, for example, in Tomsk. "I personally tried to influence the situation, including through our senator, but this was already after the conclusion of Rosoboradzor. In solving the problems of higher education, we must act on the lead, not allow our universities to give up their positions. The common task of all levels of government today is to fight for our children, avoiding the outflow of talented and bright youth, to defend each profession, to address the reorientation of schoolchildren to the specialties currently in demand on the market, "the speaker said in the message.