The next stage of changes in higher education

Strengthening of Polish participation in the European Research Area ,greater accessibility of funding for research infrastructure being of strategic importance to the development of science and directing a greater flow of money to the best research units - such solutions are provided for by bill on financing of science passed by the government. The bill is a complement to the science reform of 2010, which substantially changed its functioning. In recent years, over PLN 26.3 billion has been invested in laboratory and teaching facilities - the new rules will promote the efficient use of these investments, especially in large international projects.

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The draft amendment to the Law on Higher Education provides solutions allowing mature individuals with extensive professional experience, practical knowledge gained in specialized courses and training to study in a shortened mode. This solution will be available to people with a minimum of 5 years professional experience and a high school certificate - in case of applying for undergraduate studies, uniform Masters or Bachelor (Engineer) studies. However, a person with 3 year’ experience after completion of Bachelor studies will be able to apply for admission to Master studies. The University will check the actual skills and competencies of the study applicants, and not the submitted documents – various certificates.

The new regulations impose a duty on colleges and universities to organize at least three-month internships in the fields of practical studies. Currently, such internships are not mandatory. It will be possible to alternate education at the university with internships.

The supervision of the colleges and universities which do not fulfil the statutory obligations and violate or circumvent the law will increase. New regulations will help to strengthen the integrity and academic ethos at colleges and universities

The Science Information System will be established and it will include information about research projects, publications, monographs, patents, deployments, etc. The new system will facilitate the establishment of scientific cooperation and better management of science; improve the quality of research and procedures for reviewing projects.

The rules on the supervision of colleges and universities, which do not fulfil the statutory obligations, violate or circumvent the law, will be tightened. Information on state and private colleges and universities which, among other things, have been adversely assessed by the Polish Accreditation Committee will be posted on the website of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. The so-called ‘warning list’ will effectively limit recruitment of students conducted in an inappropriate way or in breach of the law, including the rights of students.

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