In Ukraine, the system of higher education is gradually breaking down. Along with the progressive deterioration of the economic situation and de-industrialization, the degradation of the higher education system is an inevitable consequence.According to the information agency Interfax-Ukraine, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine intends to reduce the state demand for training personnel in higher educational institutions in 2017 by almost 17% compared to 2016 – up to 212 thousand people.
The reduction of Ukraine’s need for cadres with higher education is due, unfortunately, to the foreign policy vector of the Kiev regime for European integration. Europe is not interested in economically developed Ukraine, while Europe needs cheap low-skilled labour power and a market for its products. Visa-free regime and the destruction of the Ukrainian economy take place in full accordance with the interests of the EU. Higher education is assigned the role of an incubator for raising narrow-profile specialists pumped up with the ideology of Ukrainian nationalism, capable of serving the needs of the political elite and the Ukrainian oligarchy. A state that destroys higher education in the country, condemns its people to gradual degradation, since without trained specialists, there can be no question of any development of Ukraine.
Against this background, the successes of the Donetsk People’s Republic in the sphere of education look like a contrast. According to the Minister of Education and Science Larisa Polyakova, to date, more than 20,000 applications have been submitted to universities of the DPR, the Republic is actively working to restore the system of vocational schools and technical schools, the government is making serious efforts to train young professionals with a high level of skills . And all this happens in the period of virtually uninterrupted military operations. This shows that the government of the Donetsk People’s Republic, headed by Alexander Zakharchenko, cares about the development of the young state and gradually, despite temporary difficulties, prepares the conditions for the development of the Donetsk People’s Republic.
In this context, the humanitarian programme for the reunification of the Donbass people helps residents of the territories temporarily controlled by the Kiev authorities to obtain higher education, despite the disastrous policy of Ukraine. More than 250 applications of entrants have been submitted from residents from the territory of Ukraine. Thus, the people who used the humanitarian programme answer the question of which state cares about its people in the true sense of the word, and which deals with populism.
Miroslav Rudenko, the DPR People’s Council deputy