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Project EU «Reinventing displaced universities: enhancing competitiveness, serving communities» (REDU) Terms of the Project 2020-2023

Programme EU Support to Displaced Higher Education Institutions in the East of Ukraine
Grant Agreement № 2020 / 415-429

Project partners:

  • Institute of Higher Education of the National Academy of Educational Sciences of Ukraine
  • Displaced Universities: Donetsk State University of Management, Mariupol; Luhansk National Agrarian University, Starobilsk; Volodymyr Dahl East Ukrainian National University, Severodonetsk
  • British Council Ukraine

Partnership history
In 2016-2019, British Council Ukraine in partnership with the Institute of Higher Education of the National Academy of Educational Sciences of Ukraine and UK Leadership Foundation for Higher Education and support of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine has been implementing Ukraine Higher Education Leadership Development Programme where Donetsk State University of Management, Volodymyr Dahl East Ukrainian University and Luhansk National Agrarian University were participants. Successful participation of above displaced universities in Ukraine Higher Education Leadership Development Programme has proved their substantial leadership capacity and commitment to move ahead. After the Call “EU Support to Displaced Higher Education Institutions in the East of Ukraine” was announced at the end of 2018, partners decided to unite their efforts in preparation of the project proposal.

Overall objective:  to raise attractiveness and competitiveness of displaced universities by:

  •  enhancing their institutional capacity;
  • development of effective university governance;
  • excellence in teaching and learning;
  • facilitation of internationalization

Project objectives:

  1. To enhance displaced partner universities’ infrastructure for delivery of quality education and dynamic community engagement.
  2. To build capacity of partner universities enabling their leadership, staff and students to better respond to displacement challenges, as well as challenges faced by local communities, Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
  3. To boost social responsibility of partner universities by involving academic community into solving social, economic, environmental, cultural and other societal issues.

Project target groups:
Students and stuff of displaced partner universities (hereinafter partner universities), local communities and business of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Major project results:

  1. Improved infrastructure of three partner universities allowing for innovative and partnership-based administration and teaching practices.
  2. Enhanced competence of partner universities’ staff and students enabling them to provide good governance, contribute to teaching and learning excellence and internationalization of higher education.
  3. New (renewed) partner universities’ institutional development strategies launched and available for internal and external stakeholders.
  4. Enhanced quality of education in partner universities due to: modernized syllabi capable to meet the current challenges of local communities; enforcement of teaching and learning excellence, good governance and internationalization.
  5. Active role and stronger impact of partner universities’ students and staff on implementation of institutional development strategies, university good governance, teaching and learning excellence, internationalization.
  6. Strengthened cooperation between partner universities and local communities, contribution to social and economic recovery due to project resources and outputs and extending services to different groups of stakeholders.

Project objectives and results are to be achieved via implementation of the following activities:

  • Conducting of institutional audits at partner universities
  • Visit to the UK
  • Creating co-working areas at partner universities
  • Delivery of trainings for partner universities’ staff and students
  • Renewal / development of universities‘ institutional development strategies
  • Development and piloting of new/upgraded courses
  • Upgrading internal quality assurance systems
  • Multiplication of new knowledge and skills
  • Development of English language competence of academic staff
  • Support of students’ services
  • Delivery of learning services for community
  • Documentation, systematization and dissemination of best practices

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Project activities and events:

August 18-20, 2020 – Training on project implementation and the 1st coordination meeting (Activity 7.1, 7.2).
19 representatives of the Project partners took part in the events.
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March 23, 2021 – Training “Teaching in higher education: developments in EHEA and Ukraine. Design of a study program: framework, algorithm, participants, results ” (trainer – Svitlana Kalashnikova) (Activity 2.4)
33 representatives took part in the training: academic and administrative staff, researchers of Donetsk State University of Management.
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March 23-24, 2021 – Institutional audit of Donetsk State University of Management (Activity 1.1) following the self-evaluation report and interviews with experts of the Institute of Higher Education of the NAES of Ukraine (Svitlana Kalashnikova, Olena Orzhel, Olena Slyusarenko)
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March 24, 2021 – Training “University autonomy and governance: developments in EHEA and Ukraine. Distributed leadership as a mechanism for ensuring effective university governance” (trainer – Svitlana Kalashnikova) (Activity 2.4)
24 representatives – managerial staff of Donetsk State University of Management – took part in the training.
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March 23 – April 14, 2021 – Trainings delivered by the Institute of Higher Education of the NAES of Ukraine on the following topics: university governance, teaching and learning excellence, internationalization (Activity 2.4). 151 participants took part in the trainings: teachers, researchers, managerial and administrative staff of Donetsk State University of Management, Luhansk National Agrarian University, Volodymyr Dahl East Ukrainian National University.
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reporting to the European Commission for  the first year project results, adoption of action plan for the second year of project implementation.
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September 14-16, 2021 – A working visit to Luhansk National Agrarian University by Svitlana Kalashnikova and Nataliia Shofolova, members of REDU project team of the Institute of Higher Education of the NAES of Ukraine (Activity 1.1, 2.4).
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September 29 – October 1, 2021 – Working visit to Volodymyr Dahl East Ukrainian National University by Svitlana Kalashnikova and Nataliia Shofolova, members of REDU project team of the Institute of Higher Education of the NAES of Ukraine (Activity 1.1, 2.4).
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November 30, 2021 – The 3rd coordination meeting
(Activity 7.2): approval of changes in the Project.
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December 22, 2021 – The 4th coordination meeting
(Activity 7.2): results of Project implementation in 2021, action plan for 2022
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