The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine did not support the bill, which proposed to restore education in Russian in universities for foreigners. According to RIA Novosti, the bill is aimed at a second first reading.
Note that according to the current law, Ukrainian universities have the right to decide on teaching disciplines in English, while providing the opportunity to study in the state language.
The draft law considered today by Ukrainian deputies suggested that foreign citizens could study in Ukrainian universities in a foreign language, but if possible, learn the state language.
The opposition believes that the changes introduced create a loophole for studying in Ukrainian universities in Russian. Other MPs fear that teaching in English and Ukrainian in universities will lead to the loss of some foreign students from the CIS countries who want to study in Russian.
In 2017, the Verkhovna Rada adopted a law that says about the full transition to the Ukrainian language of instruction for students in grades 5-11 of Russian-language schools in 2020, and for schools where they teach in the languages of the EU countries - in 2023. The volume of subjects with the Ukrainian language of instruction should be at least 80 percent of the curriculum.
Earlier it was reported that the Odessa District Administrative Court deprived the Russian language of the regional status.