On June 9, 2020 the educational centres "Donbas-Ukraine" and "Crimea-Ukraine" began to operate. Residents of temporarily occupied territories can enter Ukrainian universities without an external independent testing (EIT) through the centres.
This year, applicants from the temporarily occupied territories will be able to enter the Ukrainian higher education institutions under a simplified procedure without passing the external independent testing. Under this procedure, they will be able to enter more than 100 educational institutions, on the basis of which the educational centres "Crimea-Ukraine" and "Donbas-Ukraine" are operating.
“The Government set the goal to provide all Ukrainian citizens living in the temporarily occupied territories with the most convenient and easy access to quality and modern education,” emphasized Inna Holovanchuk, Deputy Minister for Reintegration of the Temporary Occupied Territories of Ukraine.
Representatives of the educational centres have already started their work. Applicants only need to choose a specialty and educational institution they would like to enter, and apply to the educational centre in this institution from June 9 to October 23, 2020. Contacts of the centres are available on the website of the Ministry of Education and Science.
Residents of the temporarily occupied territories do not need to have a Ukrainian passport to enter; it is enough to have a birth certificate. Applicants who do not have a Ukrainian certification of education can get it through the educational centre, which will send them to school at the educational centre to take two state final attestation exams: Ukrainian language and history of Ukraine. Also they will need to pass one entrance exam, which is set by the higher education institution.
The Ministry of Education and Science together with the Profile Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine is working to legislate a Quota 2 for all applicants from the temporarily occupied territories in each institution where the educational centres will operate. Now the Quota 2 is available only for applicants from Crimea.
Moreover, the Government makes efforts to ensure that all applicants from the temporarily occupied territories have the opportunity to pass EIT and receive education in Ukrainian higher education institutions. In case of no possibility to attend the main session of EIT, applicants will be able to take part in an additional session of independent testing in July. In addition, let us recall that at the extraordinary session, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has adopted a decision, which allows applicants who want to enter the Ukrainian higher education institutions, coming to Government controlled territory of Ukraine to pass EIT not to undergo the medical observation. Similar flexibilities apply to one person accompanying each of the applicants. All of them will be able to cross the contact line with appropriate documents on hand.
“Simplified conditions of entry ensure the right of all Ukrainians from the temporarily occupied territories to have quality Ukrainian education. This year the Ministry of Education and Science has expanded the network of educational centres and allowed the graduates from the occupied territories to choose any of more than 100 institutions of higher and professional education for admission”, noted Yehor Stadnyi, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine