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Ukraine’s parliament passes law adapting education policy to match EU standards

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Ukraine’s parliament passed a bill with overwhelming support on the second reading that adapts the country’s education policy to match EU standards, Digital Transformation Minister Mykhailo Fedorov said on April 23.

The law is the latest in a series of reforms has carried out to better align its institutions and policies to those of the as it seeks to join the bloc.

Fedorov wrote that the law will help introduce a number of changes to in higher education.

For example, it will allow students to change majors after the first year of university, complete a bachelor’s degree in a compressed three-year timeline, or give the option to combine work and study and complete the same degree within six to eight years.

“In Europe’s top higher education institutions, students study according to this system,” Fedorov said.

In November 2023, the European Commission — the Union’s executive arm — with Kyiv but said four additional reforms must be implemented.

Olha Stefanishyna, Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, said in March that the four . The European Commission then proposed a with on the same day.