Jean Monnet Support of Associations
Enhancing European Union Studies and Research on Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in Ukrainian Universities

The European Union is an undoubted global leader in sustainable development during decades, and current Europe 2020 Strategy is a bright example how the EU meets economic challenges and becomes stronger due to knowledge-based, environmentally friendly and socially inclusive economic growth. And this experience of the EU is crucially important for modern Ukraine, which is going through a challenging period of socioeconomic transformations. Unfortunately, Ukraine has poor traditions in sustainable development due to long-term soviet legacy of resource- and energy-inefficient economy. And Ukrainian universities may play a significant role in effective transformation of the society both due to proper education of a new generation of professionals and due to effective interaction with policy makers and civil servants. To support this approach, the NGO European Studies’ Platform for Sustainable Development (EuroStudies Platform) was conceived by voluntary professors and researchers from leading Ukrainian universities. The EuroStudies Platform provides a legal umbrella for all-national Association of Ukrainian professors and researchers in European Studies on sustainability. Most of the project team members have had a successful experience in implementation of European Studies into their university curricula and research, and many have been supported by Erasmus+ programme through the Jean Monnet activities’ grants.

The main activities:

- organization of annual board meeting of the Association EuroStudies Platform;

- organization of annual Open Seminar of the Association EuroStudies Platform for university professors, teachers and researchers interested in European Union studies and research on sustainability;

- coordination curricula of European Union studies on sustainable development (in economics, environmental science and social/public health science) in Ukrainian universities;

- promotion and coordination of interdisciplinary research on EU sustainable development approaches;

- organization of the annual Jean Monnet Winter School on European Sustainability with roundtable debate on European Union policies and best practices in knowledge-based, sustainable and inclusive growth between university professors / researchers and Ukrainian policy makers / civil servants;

- publication of annual peer-reviewed Academic Papers of the Association on European Studies in Sustainability;

- starting of the open access peer-reviewed academic journal European Sustainability.

- organization of the annual International conference on European Sustainability;

- organization of English speaking Discussion Club on Eurointegration and European Sustainability;

- develop and maintain an effective website of the EuroStudies Platform for on-line promotion and dissemination of all the Association activities;

- setting up open access database of regulatory documents of the EU on sustainable development strategies, which needs to be adopted by Ukraine according to the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement:

- publication of digest of the Association;

The main outcomes of the project will be:

- involving a broad spectrum of Ukrainian professors and researchers into European Union studies on sustainability;

- supporting and coordinating curricula and research agenda on European Union sustainability in Ukrainian universities;

- enhancing visibility to the European Union progress in knowledge-based, sustainable and inclusive growth for Ukrainian university students, young professionals and researchers, and experienced professionals;

- promotion of European Union approaches in sustainability among Ukrainian policy makers, civil servants, organized civil society, and the general public;

- presentation of the European Union progress in sustainability in academic publications and scientific reports;

- multidisciplinary synergic effect of the project due to bringing together university professors, teachers and researchers from different fields of knowledge on sustainability, policy makers and civil servants, and representatives of civil society;

- on-line promotion of the ideas of European sustainability for broad audience, including academic community, policy makers, organized civil society and the general public.

Indicators of achievements of the project:

- number of university professors, teachers and researchers involved into the project through the participation in the open seminars (over 200 persons), International conferences (over 200 persons), workshops (90 learners), roundtable debates (90 participants) and other promotional events;

- number of Ukrainian policy makers and civil servants directly involved into the project activities (45 persons);

- number of International conferences (3), workshops (3) and roundtable debates (3);

- number of the transformed university teaching courses (10);

- number and quality of the relevant peer-reviewed academic publications (10);

- feedbacks from the participants of the project on enhancing visibility to the European Union sustainability for them and for their environment;

- visibility of website and other online services of the EuroStudies Platform.

Prof. Igor Yakymenko

Head of NGO EuroStudies Platform, Professor of Environmental Science at the Department of Environmental Safety of National University of Food Technologies, Kyiv, Ukraine. During last years, Prof. Yakymenko has been studying and teaching European Union policies and best practices in sustainability and environmental protection. He developed and implemented new university teaching courses on European Union Environmental Policies, and on European Union Sustainability in term of Jean Monnet Module and Chair, which he is running. Currently, Prof. Yakymenko is promoting the idea of all-national Association of Ukrainian professors and researchers adhered to European Union sustainability. He has a long-term experience in successful international collaboration, being Fulbright Visiting Scholar at School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, USA, a participant of Erasmus+ programme, and closely collaborating with European colleagues from Czech Republic, Sweden, Austria, Germany and Finland.

As an academic coordinator of the project and head of NGO EuroStudies Platform, Prof. Yakymenko will coordinate all activities of the Association in term of the project and beyond, take active part in elaboration and delivering training courses and agendas of workshops, roundtables and conferences, coordinate research on European sustainability, and participate in online promotional events.

Assoc. Prof. Oksana Salavor

Board member of NGO EuroStudies Platform, Associate Professor of Environmental Science at the Department of Environmental Safety of National University of Food Technologies, Kyiv, Ukraine. She has a strong technical background in food technologies and is experienced in green technologies. During last years, Dr. Oksana Salavor has been studying and teaching European Union policies and best practices in sustainability and environmental protection. She is a team member of two Jean Monnet Activities (Module and Chair), which is implemented during last years at the Department of Environmental Safety. She has developed and implemented new university teaching courses on Green Technologies in Food Production in term of her participation in Jean Monnet Chair on European Union Sustainable Food Production and Consumption. Also, she is actively participate in formation of nation-wide Association of university teachers and researchers in European studies on sustainability volunteering be a board member of NGO EuroStudies Platform. She has a great management and communicative skills, and is a strong team player.

As a key team member of the project, she will contribute significantly in a general management of the project, support and coordinate interaction between the whole project team at all phases of project implementation, but especially during the preparing and holding the board meetings, conferences, workshops and roundtable debates.

Prof. Ludmila Petrashko

Professor of the International Management Department at Kyiv National Economic University (KNEU), Ukraine, Doctor of Science (habituation) in World Economy and International Economic Relations, Expert at the Institute of the Global Economic Policy of KNEU. Prof. Petrashko was an academic coordinator and coach of the Jean Monnet Module «European model of business-practices of Corporate Social Responsibility» (2014-2017) and a coordinator of the Research Project «Comparative Evaluation of Corporate Social Responsibility Business-Practices: EU and Ukraine» at KNEU. She is an experienced lecturer in International Management (MA, MBA) and European Project Management (MA), a developer and manager of the interdisciplinary trainings for Master’s students in European Integration, and in International Business Management. She has a long-term successful experience in research and academic collaboration with Ukrainian and European Union colleagues, and has a close professional relation with Ukrainian business bodies and policy makers.

As a key team member of the project, Prof. Petrashko will coordinate research and academic activities of the Association members in economic aspects of European sustainability, including promotion of European Union studies on sustainable development curricula and research agendas in Ukrainian universities. She will contribute a lot in the International conferences and workshops activities as well as in organization of academic peer reviewed journal European Sustainability.

Prof. Tetyana Dyman

Vice-rector for Education and International Affairs at Bila Tserkva National Agrarian University, Bila Tserkva, Ukraine, Professor of Environmental Science, Expert of Scientific-Methodical Council at Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine. She is a founder of a scientific school on Ecotrophology in Ukraine (6 PhDs and 2 DrSc), author of more than 300 academic papers in sustainable development, sustainable nutrition, food safety, and environmental education. Prof. Dyman has ample experience in international academic and research collaboration. She was a project leader from Ukraine in EU FP7 project “Indicators for biodiversity in organic and low-input farming systems” (2009-2012) and took active part in EU Tempus projects “Sustainable food chain management in Ukraine” (2001-2004), “Sustainable crop production in farm management for Ukraine” (2003-2006), and «Qualifications Frameworks for Environmental Science at Ukrainian Universities» (2014-2017). She has great organizational skills and is experienced in higher education quality assurances European approaches.

As a team key member, Prof. Dyman will coordinate the activities of the Association on environmental aspects of European sustainability, including promotion of European Union studies and research on environmental policies and environmental protection, greener, resource- and energy-efficient economy. She will participate in all promotional activities of the Association in term of the project and beyond, including active participation in organization of academic peer-reviewed journal European Sustainability.

Dr. Vitalii Lebediuk

Dean of Faculty of Political Studies and Information Management at the National University of Ostroh Academy, Ostroh, Ukraine. During last years, Vitalii Lebediuk has been studying Comparative European Politics and involved students into the best educational practices and educational opportunities of the European Union. He took active part in elaborating the new M.A. program in Political Science “Eastern European Studies” in cooperation with the University of Warsaw and he is Academic Supervisor of the Dual Degree Master’s programme «Eastern European Studies». He is a coordinator of the Jean Monnet Modules “European Values and Identity Studies” and a coordinator of the Program “The Comparative Study of Democratization: Transition Politics in V4 countries and Ukraine” supported by the International Visegrad Fund. He is actively involved in the programs of academic mobility Erasmus+ “Staff mobility for Monitoring Visit” and “Staff mobility for Teaching”. He was also a co-organizer of the international conference «Eastern Partnership. Ethical and socio-legal aspects of relations between the European Union and Ukraine». He has over 10 years of professional experience in public associations and think tanks such as NGO «School of Political Analysis “POLIS”», The Centre of Political Studies, Association of Regional Analytical Centers and Centre Sociological Service. He implements his experience in reforming regional public policy and is a member of the Regional Working Group at Rivne Regional State Administration and Council of Reforms in the city of Rivne in the reform policies of open data.

As a key member of the project team, Dr. Vitalii Lebediuk will take active part in elaboration and delivering training courses and agendas of workshops, roundtables and conferences, and coordinate all activities of the project related to Good Governance in the European Union.

Assoc. Prof. Mariia Galaburda

Associate Professor at the Department of Veterinary and Sanitary Examination of the National University of Life and Environmental Science, Kyiv, Ukraine; PhD in Biological Sciences; has over 10 year experience in research and teaching in food risk analysis, and 5 year lecturing experience in English-speaking classes in food safety. She is an active participant of European and International educational and research programmes (e.g. NATO CLG, Dutch-Ukrainian project Infomoloko). As an academic coordinator of Jean Monnet Module «EU Food Safety Control» (2017-2020), she has developed and implemented a university teaching course on European Food Safety Control System, and actively collaborates with other teams running European projects on food safety control in Ukraine.

As a member of the project proposed, Dr. Galaburda will coordinate research and training activities on food safety and sanitation as key components of EU sustainable social policies. She also will involve professors, teachers, researchers, policy makers and business from the veterinary, food safety and agricultural sectors into the project conferences, workshops, roundtables and other promotional events.

Assoc. Prof. Sergiy Kyrylenko

Associate Professor at Department of Public Health, Medical Institute of Sumy State University, Sumy, Ukraine. He has worked abroad in various EU countries for the last 20 years, through which he acquired deep experience in international collaboration in biomedical sciences, in particular in genetic and cellular bioengineering. His research and educational profile is centered on metabolic homeostasis in stem cells. In particular, he worked with stem cells in translational research to support neuronal regeneration in animal models of neuronal injuries. He has also acquired vast practical experience with international grants (Jean Monnet Module in Ukraine; Marie Curie Fellowship in Czech Republic, FAPESP research grant in Brazil, a grant for his post-doc research in Finland, etc.). His experience and his international connections will be beneficial for the learners and to the local government bodies to understand how biomedical research can contribute to sustainable development in Ukraine according to EU practices and guidelines. He was successful to receive a Jean Monnet Module grant in 2018 and currently works to implement best European practices in medical education in Ukrainian university.

Dr. Kyrylenko will coordinate research agenda and curricula on public health component of European strategy of sustainable development in term of the project proposed. He will ensure successful implementation of the project objectives due to his unequivocal first-hand experience in international collaboration on biomedical research, education, and sustainable development issues in the EU.

Assoc. Prof. Bohdan Zasadnyi

Head of Department of Accounting and Audit, Associate Professor in Accounting and Audit at Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University, Ukraine. Dr. Zasadnyi has over 10 years of experience in research and teaching of best International and European policies and practices in accounting and audit according to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). He developed and successfully implemented teaching courses on Basics of Accounting, Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, and International Financial Reporting Standards for university students specialized in Economics and Finance. Currently, his main expertise and research interest are about standardization and harmonization of National Accounting Standards of Ukraine according to IFRS. Bohdan Zasadnyi is a member of the Ukrainian Federation of Professional Accountants and Auditors and takes active place in providing International Financial Reporting Standards in Ukrainian accounting system.

As a key member of the project team, Dr. Zasadnyi will promote and coordinate research and academic activities in economic sphere as for active involving of modern European policies and best practices on financial support of sustainable economic growth. Hi will participate in all promotional events of the project and support financial management of the project.

Yevgeniy Shapovalov

Board member of NGO EuroStudies Platform, Research Fellow in Digitalization of Education at Junior Academy of Science of Ukraine, PhD candidate in Biotechnology. Since 2016, he is an active participant of Jean Monnet activities at Department of Environmental Safety of National University of Food Technologies, Kyiv, Ukraine, and had created a few digital courses and web-oriented systems to study and analyze different aspects of European integration of Ukraine. Also, he participated in developing university teaching courses on European Union Environmental Protection, and on European Union Sustainable Food Production and Consumption. Being a team member of two Jean Monnet Projects (Module and Chair) during last years, Evgeniy provided professional support of all online activities of the projects, including developing and running websites and online presentation of teaching materials of the projects. Also, Evgeniy closely collaborates with young academic community in Ukraine and abroad, being a coordinator of non-formal student research center Geek Work Space in Kyiv, Ukraine.

As a project team member, Evgeniy Shapovalov will provide all online activities of the Association, including developing and running a website and support digitalization of teaching materials and research outcomes of the project, and promote the ideas of European sustainability online. He also will be actively involved in all promotional events of the project, especially in term of involving students and young researchers into the project.


Prof. Ludmila Petrashko, Assoc. Prof. Bohdan Zasadnyi

Knowledge-based and innovative economic growth: EU strategy and challenges for Ukraine

Description

Analytical research on EU policies, tools and best practices in smart (knowledge-based and innovative) economic growth and on challenges for Ukraine on this way will be carried out in term of the project. Europe 2020 Strategy and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be critically analyzed in term of general progress of the European Union and as for progress of each member state. Dynamics of indicators and perspective of economic growth and innovative activities in EU member states will be researched. Special attention will be paid on financial mechanisms supporting sustainable economic growth. Challenges of Brexit for EU economy will be included in the analysis. On the other hand, research will analyze economic status and perspectives of Ukrainian economy as for applying EU model of smart economic growth. The EU-Ukraine Association Agreement as a roadmap for sustainable development of Ukraine will be scanned in term of this research.

Methodology

The research will be based on studying official documents of the EU, including Europe 2020 and SDGs strategies, communications of European Commission and monitoring reports of Eurostat, peer-reviewed academic publications, and data from other reliable databases. Also, official Ukrainian documents, including Ukraine 2020 strategy and data of State Statistics Service of Ukraine will be used in comparative analysis. Both qualitative and quantitative analytical methods, including effective approaches of econometrics will be applied.

Impact

The outcomes of this research will be valuable for academic community, both for university teachers and students, policy makers and civil servants, and for organized civil society. While the results will be published both in Ukrainian and in English, we expect the most valuable impact of the research outcomes on Ukrainian audience. Importantly, the results of research will be presented at the annual Seminars of the Association, at the International Conference on European Sustainability, presented at Jean Monnet Winter Schools and roundtable debates, and will be included in curricula of university teaching courses on European Union studies in sustainability by the Association members.

Resulting publications

Three peer-reviewed academic articles,

Three reports / abstracts at International scientific conferences.

Prof. Igor Yakymenko, Prof. Tetiana Dyman, Assoc. Prof. Oksana Salavor

Sustainable, resource efficient and environmentally friendly economic growth: progress and challenges for the EU and Ukraine

Description

Interdisciplinary research on environmental aspects of competitive economic growth in EU member states and challenges for Ukraine will be conducted in comparative aspect. Some sectors of economy, particularly renewable energy sector (Prof. Igor Yakymenko), greener food technology (Assoc. Prof. Oksana Salavor), and sustainable agriculture (Prof. Tetiana Dyman) will be analyzed precisely. Effective strategies and approaches of the EU (Europe 2020 Strategy, General Union Environment Action Programme to 2020, Sustainable Development Goals Programme) will be covered and best practices on environmentally friendly and resource efficient growth in different member states will be studied. Comparative analysis of EU and Ukrainian policies, progresses and challenges in the field will be carried out.

Methodology

The research will study strategic documents of the EU on sustainable development strategy and environmental protection policies, relevant EU directives and regulations, communications of European Commission, monitoring reports of Eurostat, academic publications and data from relevant databases. Ukrainian official documents and statistical data will be used for research as well. Both qualitative analytical methods and statistical analysis will be used. The outcomes of research will be concentrated on dynamic and prognostic assessments. Practical recommendations for Ukrainian policy makers are one of the strategic goals of the research.

Impact

The research added value on effective policies and best practices in environmentally friendly but competitive economic growth will be important for Ukrainian policy makers and civil servants, academic community, and organized civil society. The results of research will be presented at the annual Seminars of the Association, at the International Conference on European Sustainability, presented at Jean Monnet Winter Schools and roundtable debates, and will be included in curricula of university teaching courses on European Union studies in sustainability by the Association members.

Resulting publications

Three peer-reviewed academic articles,

Three reports / abstracts at International scientific conferences.

Assoc. Prof. Maria Galaburda, Assoc. Prof. Sergiy Kyrylenko

Social inclusion and public health issues in sustainable development strategies of the EU and Ukraine

Description

Analysis of social and especially public health component of sustainable development both in the EU and Ukraine will be carried out based on strategic documents of the World Health Organization (WHO), the European Union, Ministry of Health of Ukraine and other relevant institutions. The research aims to demonstrate perspective of socially oriented economy for progress of society in long-term perspective, significant progress of some EU member states, and challenges for both the EU and Ukraine on this way. Particular concern of this research will be an assessment of public health risks in term of basic economic activities and anthropogenic pollution of the environment, analysis of food supply risks, and public health effective service issues. Comparative analysis of different EU member states in their progress and challenges as for social inclusion and social cohesion will be carried out. The progress and challenges of Ukrainian society in social issues, including effectiveness of medical reform that is taking place in the country right now will be a subject of special attention.

Methodology

The research will be based on analysis of key documents of the WHO, the EU, and Ukraine on social aspects of sustainable development strategy. Official data of the WHO, World Bank, Eurostat, and Ukrainian statistics service will be used for the research. Academic publications on effective approaches in social inclusion and social cohesion will be a part of special interest of the researchers. Also, survey among Ukrainian students and older population on their assessment of current situation and perspective of effective social policy in the country will be carried out, and the data obtained will be analyzed in context of the research.

Impact

All social groups will benefit from research outcomes, including policy makers and civil servants, university teachers/researchers and students, civil society, and general public. But practical recommendations based on research outcomes will be mostly addressed to two main groups – national policy makers and organized civil society.

Resulting publications

Two peer-reviewed academic articles,

Three reports / abstracts at International scientific conferences.

Assoc. Prof. Vitalii Lebediuk

Good governance for sustainable development: EU achievements and challenges

Description

Research on a role of effective governance at all levels of political and economic system in term of achieving sustainable development goals will be carried out based on EU political and economic model. Subnational and national institutions and mechanisms of effective governance in the EU and member states will be analyzed in context of sustainable development strategy. Role of business friendly environment, the rule of law, socially oriented governance will be studied. Comparative analysis of EU and Ukrainian best practices and challenges in good governance will be analyzed.

Methodology

The research will be based on analysis of EU subnational legislation and EU member states national laws, Ukrainian legislation, and political and economic practices of effective and ineffective governance. Features of good/effective governance according to European Union experience will be formulated and proposed for broad discussions.

Impact

All social groups will benefit from research, including policy makers and civil servants, university teachers/researchers and students, civil society, and general public. But practical recommendations based on research outcomes will be mostly addressed to two main groups – national policy makers and organized civil society.

Resulting publications

Two peer-reviewed academic articles,

Three reports / abstracts at International scientific conferences.

Jean Monnet Support of Associations
Project "Enhancing European Union Studies and Research on Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in Ukrainian Universities"

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