Russian language lecture rooms, were the photographs of all the noted
Russian authors, even the most reactionary ones. Short biographies,
noting which books were particularly worth reading, and so on, were
Workers and peasants who have completed a course at the Workers'
Faculty need pass no further examination, and are given preference for
admission to higher educational institutions.
The following table shows the increase in the number of students
attending higher technical schools in three of the Republics of the Union :-
Attendance at Higher Technical Institutions
of all kinds
The above figures include the following types of institutions ;—
Higher education (universities, &c.) ..
Special technical courses
Apart from the Workers' Faculties and other educational institutions
enumerated above, various evening courses have been organised for
increasing the skill of workers, for training teachers for work in the present-
day schools and institutions of the Union, for training industrial
instructors, administrative workers, as well as on a number of special
subjects, and so on. There are also party schools. In many of the large
towns of the Union there are good universities.
The Tiflis University
In Tiflis we visited a very fine Georgian university, which was formerly
only attended by the sons of the nobility and the rich. It is now a centre
for the spread of Georgian culture among the workers over the whole of
the Georgian Republic. There are about 5,000 students at this university,
and when we visited it, the proportion of women was 25 per cent.; sometimes the proportion, we were told, reached 40 per cent. Seventy-five
per cent, of the students are workers, mainly from the Rabfacs, who pay
no fees, while the other 25 per cent, come from other classes and pay for