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SIMFEROPOL, March 19. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s tenth federal university may be created in Crimea on the basis of local education institutions in 12 months, the peninsula’s minister of education, science, youth policy and sport, Natalia Goncharova, told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.
“The leading academic university on the territory of Crimea is Taurida National University. We will consider this concept on the basis of this higher education institution,” she said.
A new federal university can be created “in the shortest possible timeframe,” Goncharova said, adding that a working group involving Crimean and Russian specialists had been created. “I think it will take a year as a minimum. We will try to open it earlier, but this will depend not only on us.”
“The establishment of a federal university is a time- and effort-consuming task, which is resolved not at the level of the Education Ministry of the Republic of Crimea and not at the level of the Crimean authorities,” she said. “I think this is the question for the president, because Russia has a total of nine federal universities. This is a unique thing that deserves attention and recognition at the highest level.”
The concept envisages a merger of several higher education institutions on the basis of Taurida National University, Goncharova said. “But we do not speak of all higher education institutions. Crimea State Medical University and State Engineering Pedagogical University as a university that has been established to restore the language and culture of the Crimean Tatars deserve the right to exist independently. This list also includes narrowly specialized Agriculture University.”
Goncharova said the creation of a federal university in Crimea was targeted at unification of higher education institutions and at the same time at enlargement of education programs.