Quotas for students from ethnic communities & Scholarships for Roma students
The target groups of the quotas are members of the ethnic communities who do not have access to higher education in their own language. The measure concerns the enrolment of students in higher education. Quotas are defined according to the Law on Students’ Standard from 2013, but the percentage of the quotas is defined by the Government every year. Quotas usually represent 10% out of the total number of undergraduate students enrolled at all public faculties. The scholarships in higher education are targeted at several categories: 50% for students from socially vulnerable background, 30% for students with most advanced academic achievements, and 20% for students applying for study programmes of high importance for the societal development (such as electro-technical, machine constructions, biotechnical, medicine, mathematics and natural sciences). Since the academic year 2015/16, Roma students were included as a specific target group entitled to scholarships. Roma are the only exception based on ethnicity. Scholarships for Roma students were introduced for the first time in the academic year 2016/17.