Georgian Parliament adopted amendments to the Law on Higher Education with its third hearing on 24 July. According to the final edition of the draft law, university professors are authorized to elect acting rectors, instead of the latter being appointed by the Prime Minister, as defined by the previous edition of the amendments drafted by the Ministry of Education of Georgia.
The previous edition of the draft law also envisaged establishing upper limits of the salaries for academic and executive personnel of state universities. According to the first edition of the draft law, PHD students would not be able to take positions of assistant-professors, etc.
Initial draft amendments to the Law on Higher Education was met with criticism by the representatives of academic circles and part of the civil society. Parliamentary minority members, as well as 12 MPs from the Parliamentary majority voted against the proposed amendments with its previous edition. As a result, the most debated regulation (the issue of appointing acting rectors) was altered in the final edition of the draft law. According to the final version of the document, academic personnel elects acting rector before the rector is elected. MPs could not agree on other debated points of the draft law, so the first version of the document remained unchanged in its final edition.