Ministry withholds right to teach from private institution

Estonia’s Ministry of Education and Research will not grant a right to teach to the private higher education institution Nordic School of Hospitality and Innovation over concerns regarding the questionable sustainability of the institute of higher education, which intends to accept mostly foreign students. The ministry also cited security considerations, reports ERR.

The ministry based its decision not to grant the school the right to teach on an expert analysis conducted by the Estonian Quality Agency for Higher and Vocational Education (EKKA) as well as an assessment by the Ministry of the Interior.

Ministry of Education Deputy Secretary General for Higher Education and Research Indrek Reimand noted that the risks highlighted in these assessments were compelling. “In addition to security-related problems, the school’s sustainability is one big question mark if future students being able to begin their studies is dependent on receiving a residence permit,” Reimand said. “We would ultimately be jeopardising the students’ rights, including their right to quality higher education.”
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