Flemish Minister of Education Ben Weyts gives Ukrainian refugees the opportunity to take entrance exams in Brussels this summer that give access to higher education in Ukraine. In this way, young people do not lose their chance of a bachelor’s or master’s degree. The N-VA minister wants to respond to a call from the Ukrainian government. Flanders will provide a location and all the material: the Ukrainians will take care of the supervision themselves during the entrance exams.
In Ukraine – as in many other countries – students only get access to a bachelor’s or master’s degree if they first pass an entrance exam. Before the Russian invasion, these written entrance exams were organized in May and June in various exam locations across the country.
However, due to the war in the country, the entrance exams cannot now be organized in their normal form. Moreover, they are currently going abroad, for example because they fled with their parents.
Flemish Education Minister Ben Weyts answers Ukrainian refugees who live in Flanders Weyts responds to a question from Ukrainian Education Minister Serhiy Shkarlet. Countries such as the Netherlands, France and Germany are also responding to this question.
In concrete terms, Ukrainian youngsters residing in Flanders will be able to start their entrance exam during the summer in the Conscience building in Sint-Joost-Ten-Node. The Government of Flanders requires the location, computer equipment and IT experts to quickly solve defects. The Ukrainian Ministry of Education provides exam supervisors, who ensure an orderly course during each session. The entrance examination for the bachelor’s degree program will focus on knowledge of the Ukrainian language, Mathematics and the history of Ukraine. The entrance exam for the master’s programs assesses more advanced knowledge.
“The Ukrainians are doing everything they can to provide as much continuity as possible to young people, even in these terrible circumstances,” says Weyts. “Flanders is happy to help with that. This entrance exam for many young people hopes for a better future”.