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On December 18, 2017, the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Macedonia in cooperation with the Institute for Strategic Research and Education in Skopje, and all public universities in the country have signed a joint statement for universities without corruption.

The statement was signed by the rectors of all universities, while on behalf of the Rector of the University of Tetova, Prof. Dr. Vullnet Ameti, the statement was signed by the Vice-Rector for Science, Prof. Dr. Hazir Pollozhani.

 He said that the University of Tetova gladly accepted this initiative and joined it. According to him, the right for higher education is a right that belongs to all citizens, and it should be guaranteed to students on equal conditions, without privileges for certain student groups. "Protecting students from corruption is an important public interest. The priority of any society is to protect these young people from corruption. We at the University of Tetova are fully engaged, so that our students gain high quality education. University of Tetova functions in compliance with all European standards for higher education. University of Tetova is fully committed in the implementation of the Law on Protection of Corruption Denouncers. In this regard, are taken all measures on securing the rights of denunciation, setting up a system for reporting the corruption, processing of complaints, and the most important thing is to ensure the protection of persons who represent corruptive activities. Although it is a relatively new law, and a new concept that has not existed in the Republic of Macedonia so far, we consider that this law represents an important prerequisite of the fight against corruption. In order to have a successful fight against corruption, for us at the University of Tetova, cooperation with students is very important. For this reason, we are in permanent communication with the students’ representatives, where they at regular meetings with the University Rectorate have the opportunity to express their problems freely, for which the Rectorate always expresses understanding and is constantly engaged in helping the students. In addition, we encourage our students to address individually to the deans and professors of any faculty, for which they always have our support”, said the Vice-Rector for Science of the University, Prof. Dr. Hazir Pollozhani.

According to the Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Macedonia, Dr. Renata Deskoska, even the universities, as any part of society are not immune from the presence of corruption. According to her, a systemic approach is needed to prevent the occurrence of corruption in universities. She disclosed the opportunities based on the Law on Higher Education "for the protection of whistleblowers” as a tool for preventing the corruption in universities in Macedonia. At this meeting, the Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Macedonia, Renata Deskoska, presented the new Law on Higher Education to university rectors, that which is expected to be discussed in a public debate.

 

This statement says: Based on the constitutionally guaranteed autonomy of the university, committed to approach the European education, the position, rights and dignity of students, the progress of the teaching process and scientific research, and the position and dignity of the teaching staff, by signing this Statement, we reaffirm all the steps undertaken so far, and once again we express our commitment for the a university without corruption. Considering that students through their education form the ethical and moral worldview of future professionals, by directly affecting the way the society will develop, we solemnly declare that: a University in the 21st century means academic environment in which the student's knowledge is valued, which is proved only on the basis of their hard work, dedication to science, and zeal for work. Once again, we confirm that in the academic community there has not been and will not be space for prejudice and subjectivism. Teaching staff, regardless of their professional discipline, devotedly promotes its ethical standards in scientific research work during the performance of their teaching obligations. Universities will engage in the fundamental principles of legitimacy, integrity, dedication to work, professionalism and competence in working with students and the wider community”. Yet, pursuant to the Criminal Code of Macedonia, corruption in higher education represents a criminal offense.

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