So why are Kyiv-Mohyla journalist students again refused State funding?
As was the case for the last academic year, the Masters Journalism course at the National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” [NaUKMA] has not been allocated any State-funded places for 2012/2013.
The Education Ministry asserts that this is because the university does not offer a bachelors degree in journalism.
The Ministry was responding to reports in the media which it considers represent only the point of view of the Kyiv Mohyla Academy. These stated that no places had been allocated for the above-mentioned journalist course, and the economic theory course had a reduced number of State-funded places. With respect to the latter, the Ministry says that this is due to a general reduction in demand. It adds that overall the amount of such State funded places has fallen in comparison with 2010.
In 2011 the Ministry slashed government funding for a number of Master’s programmes offered by the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Kyiv, including those in the School of Journalism and for the social work course. The cuts were announced only after applications for places had closed. The social work course was provided with such State funding after the protests which ensued.
The Kyiv-Mohyla Academy staff was convinced that the moves were revenge for the stand taken by the university leadership against the changes brought in by controversial Minister Dmytro Tabachnyk and against corruption.
In an interview last year the President of Kyiv-Mohyla, Serhiy Kvit pointed out that the courses for which funding had been cut – the Mohyla School of Journalism and the Professor Poltavets School of Social Work were unique.
They had long fought, he said, to get a licence for the school of journalism and for the first time began taking students for the Master’s programme who chose a journalist career after any Bachelor’s degree. He asserted that all their graduates remained in the field, that they worked with universities in other countries, and that during the next year they would be teaching lecturers from journalism faculties throughout the country.