chapter  5
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Some Student Problems

Like young people everywhere, Soviet students have their problems, and a fairly rich assortment at that. Here we shall consider a few of the more important and publicised of them.

The first is getting into a VUZ at all, for despite the impressive growth in facilities only a minority of young people can do so. Planned access to the intelligentsia is considered essential in a ‘socialist’ society, so VUZ selection procedures have received much attention from the authorities. The social composition of the student body and the attempts which have been made to render it more representative of society as a whole must be viewed from this angle. Students’ attitudes to certain aspects of higher education, their living conditions and the question of drop-outs are our next topics. We conclude with a review of the mechanism for placing graduates in suitable employment, since this is regarded as an integral part of VUZ work.