August 15, local representatives of non-governmental organization OPORA held a final press conference on the "Independent External Evaluation-2012. Results of public observation in Transcarpathian region" in Uzhgorod Press Club.
"Admission-2012 to higher educational institutions of Transcarpathia was quiet," – noted the coordinators of observation campaign from OPORA. The largest educational institutions of the region (Uzhgorod National University and Transcarpathian State University) received about 10,765 applications. The most popular areas of studies were law, tourism, accounting and audit, software engineering, dentistry and medicine.
Svyatoslav Babilya, the co-coordinator of the OPORA observation campaign in Transcarpathian region said that it is the fifth monitoring of admissions to the universities performed with the support of the Renaissance Fund.
"In general the admission process was successful. However, there were some problems which were not dependent on the admissions departments. The major problem was an unstable work of unified state electronic educational database. The system was down during the first two weeks due to high inruch of applicants," – said Svyatoslav Babilya.
According to the campaign co-coordinator, the positive moment was an increase of state-funded places in the universities.
Volodymyr Feskov, another co-coordinator of non-governmental network OPORA, noted that the electronic admission system also did not justify hopes of the Ministry of Education. Due to instability of the electronic registration system an application could be lost, so students often went to university in person in order to submit the documents.
V. Feskov added that observers were able to attend the creative assesment. "We may say that all the works were properly coded, so the overall score depended on actual performance rather than on subjective factors", – said the expert.
All the claims were mainly related to technical aspects, rather than the work of admission department members. "We may conclude that this year’s admissions in Transcarpathia passed without violations", – summed up Svyatoslav Babilya.