Krasnodar, 10 July – Yug Times. According to the regional Ministry of Education, Science and Youth Policy, in Krasnodar province there are 48 higher educational establishments, including 13 independent and 9 branches of state-supported universities, and 10 private institutions; the rest are branches of universities based in other Russian regions.
The number of school leavers this year was about 84,000, of which cca. 25,000 eleventh-grade graduates and about 59,000 ninth-grade leavers. Altogether, there are 10,000 government-financed seats at the universities in the region, which means that there will be about 2.5 applicants per seat. In fact, the figure will be higher because school graduates may apply up to three specialities at five higher schools at once. As for the specialised secondary schools, they offer over 24,000 free seats. Currently, an approximate ratio between free and paid tuition is 6 to 4.
Another peculiarity of Krasnodar region is one of the highest mean scores of the Centralised Testing needed to enter a university nationwide: 70.1 points for free tuition and 64.8 points for paid seats). According to the information released by a major university in Krasnodar, over 10,500 applications had been submitted by July 5 – most of them for the faculties of law, economics, journalism and mathematics. The Yug Times has monitored five major universities of our region and learnt that the price of the 2019/2020 academic year (bachelor’s program) will be from 104,300 to 219,000 roubles for full-time education, and from 26,000 to 80,000 roubles for education by correspondence. The most expensive specialties are law, economics, land management and cadastre, architecture, design, geological exploration, and design and technology of computer manufacturing. Commenting on the cost of education, Plekhanov Economic University Vice Principal Dmitri Shtykhno explained that it depends upon the school’s expenditures spent to train the students rather than the popularity of the profession.
According to the Russian Statistical Committee, the cost of higher education in Russia has recently risen by 15 to 19%. At state and municipal supported universities, semester costs averagely 68,900 roubles, which is by 19% more than last year (58,000 roubles). As for private schools, the price also went up – from 46,300 roubles last year to 55,200 roubles. What is more, it looks like this is an ongoing trend (in 2018, the prices were 14% higher than in 2017).
The share of paid tuition is constantly growing: if in 2011 the free-to-paid tuition ratio was 74% to 25%, in 2016 it was 65% to 35%, and in 2018 – 61% to 39%. Experts state that it is becoming more difficult to get higher education in Russia. This trend cannot be deemed as purely negative: the higher is the score needed to enter a university, the more gifted persons will study there. Besides, such procedure should stimulate the development of specialised education.
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