Over 23 universities in FYROM, competition for quality or party institutions

Over 23 universities in FYROM, competition for quality or party institutions

Skopje, 18 August 2016 /Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

Currently, in 15 cities of FYROM operate 23 public and private universities. The largest number of universities is in Skopje, Ohrid, Tetovo, in total 135 faculties and 466 study programs. Although being a small country to have so many universities, the majority approved in the parliament the foundation of two other universities, “Mother Theresa”, whose lessons will be taught in Albanian, Macedonian and English and Technology and Security University “Damjan Gruev.” The large number of these educational institutions has generated political disputes. To the opposition, the foundation of these universities is based on political agenda. Petar Atanasov, the chairman of education commission in Macedonian Social Democratic League (MSDL) says that the universities are being founded based on party objectives so that they can appoint party supporters as their managers. Whereas the deputy minister of Education Spirkovski says that the ministry’s goal is to promote the competition among universities. “Our goal is the quality improvement and not the excessive number of qualified students. At the newly founded universities will teach well-known professors from abroad, and the majority of the lessons will be in English language.”

“The reasons for the foundation of these universities are definitely political, not educational, scientific or social ones and such trend is harmful and unproductive for the society.” –says Dr. Gordan Kalajdziev. According to Statistics Institution, over 59 000 students, attended universities during the academic year 2014-2105. 87 percent out of them have signed up in state universities; the rest attended the private ones. Over 18 000 students have signed up for the first academic year. Education experts say that no analysis is performed concerning the state of universities in the country. They say the faculties should determine what professions are the most required in the job market and try to meet the need of the country. /balkaneu.com/