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Conference of Rectors CRASP supports the universities bill

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We support the main directions of the regulations in the new universities bill - the representatives of the Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (CRASP) write in a resolution. They state that they approve of the Ministry of Science's activities aimed at improving the bill.

In January, the Minister of Science and Higher Education, Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Gowin presented the higher education and science bill (also called Law 2.0 or the Constitution for Science) revised after public and inter-ministerial consultations that started in September 2017.

The resolution of 29 January 2018 of the Presidium of the Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland on this bill was posted last week on the Ministry of Science and Higher Education website.

"We support the main directions of the regulations in the new bill. It takes into account many proposals contained in the reports of the Strategic Problems of Higher Education Committee of CRASP, published before and after the National Science Congress" - reads the resolution signed by Prof. Jan Szmidt, President of CRASP and Rector of Warsaw University of Technology.

"We believe that it is possible and advisable to further improve the bill. We declare our willingness to participate in this process, also during the parliamentary committee sessions" - reads the document.

However, the rectors emphasise that a significant increase in the level of funding for science and higher education as announced by Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Gowin is a condition for the effective implementation of new solutions. The reform project includes a proposed path to the financing of science and higher education at the level of 1.8% GDP in 2025.

The reform of science and higher education concerns systemic changes in the functioning and financing of higher education. Revisions will include the university system and the academic career model. The procedure for obtaining a PhD will also change. The possibilities of universities will depend to a greater extent on the results of their evaluation.

The bill is expected to b reviewed by the Council of Ministers in February. The Ministry of Science has announced efforts to conduct a public hearing of the bill at the stage of the parliamentary procedure. The ministry wants the law to enter into force on October 1, 2018.

The Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland is a representative body of academic institutions, established by Polish universities with the power to confer the degree of doctor in at least one discipline. The members of CRASP are both public and non-public academic universities.

Representatives of the Student Parliament of the Republic of Poland, the Network of Small and Medium Public Academic Universities, as well as the Conference of Rectors of Public Vocational Schools have already declared their support for the reform (PAP).

author: Ludwika Tomala

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