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Belonging and Contributing to the European Academic Community

Ukrainian Colloquium, Donetsk/Mariupol, June 2005


In June 2004, Rectors Shevshenko (Donetsk State University) and Balabanov (Mariupol State University of Humanities) joined the Magna Charta Summer School - organised in Corfu with the support of the Greek government - to discuss the principles founding the common identity of European universities and the rights and obligations of academic institutions when managing their integration in today's emerging knowledge society.

Last September, they joined university rectors from many parts of Europe - also several compatriots from Ukraine - to sign, in Bologna, the Magna Charta Universitatum. At present, some ten universities from various Ukrainian cities have signed the Magna Charta while the country, as a whole, was expected to join the Bologna process in May 2005 (Berlin Ministerial Conference) - thus pointing to the importance of belonging and contributing to the European academic community as a whole.


The Colloquium

At the invitation of the recently created State University of Humanities at Mariupol, the Magna Observatory agreed to hold the Summer meeting of its Collegium on the Azov Sea and to take advantage of its visit to Ukraine to meet the leaders of higher education in that country where change is taking many aspects, legal and socio-economic, that ask for a unique contribution from the system of higher education and research. Magna Charta signatories represented the core group of an encounter opened to a larger group of Ukrainian key academic leaders. Comparing notes on the dynamics of transformation and innovation was the main objective of a conversation that was structured around the shared aims of academic work in a country as wide and diverse as Ukraine.

The topic is much too ample to be dealt with fully in two days, even if the discussions are intensive. The indicated sub-themes are possible foci in a structured conversation. The meeting acted as a think-tank in which participants could brainstorm freely - testing ideas with colleagues rather than presenting a case for support.


Programme of exchanges between Magna Charta delegates and Ukrainian academic leaders

Saturday 18 June Session I: Present challenges for Ukrainian higher education

14.30 - 15.00
Formal opening of the meeting:
15.00 - 16.30
Presenting the delegations and determining strategies of key interest
17.00 - 19.00
Meeting the needs of the country: the challenge for academic leadership
a) the rectors' perspective
b) the government's viewpoint
Official Dinner

Sunday 19 June Session II: Engaging the future of Ukrainian higher education

09.00 - 10.30
Belonging to the European academic community
a) the legal conditions of success: integrating the Bologna process
b) the socio-economic framework: mobilising staff and students
11.00 - 12.30
Steering change and innovation
a) institutional autonomy and capacity for change
b) the university as a partner in the growth of the knowledge society
13.00 - 17.00
Short excursion and lunch
17.00 - 19.00
Final session Staging innovation, institutional and academic
a) developing new structures : a long term process
b) lessons of a dialogue : areas for further international analysis
Closing Dinner



Prof. Hélène Lamicq
Former Rector Université Paris XII and Member of the Magna Charta Observatory Board
Paris France

Prof. Josep Bricall
Former Rector Universitat de Barcelona and Member of the Magna Charta Observatory Collegium
Barcelona Spain

Prof. Fabio Roversi-Monaco
Former Rector Università degli Studi di Bologna and Member of the Magna Charta Observatory Collegium
Bologna Italy

Prof. Lucy Smith
Former Rector Universitetet i Oslo and Member of the Magna Charta Observatory Collegium
Oslo Norway

Dr. Andris Barblan
Secretary General Magna Charta Observatory
Bologna Italy

Ms. Carla Pazzaglia
Administrator Magna Charta Observatory
Bologna Italy

Prof. Mykola Vasylyovych
Tavriya National V.I. Vernadsky University
Simferopol Ukraine

Prof. Borys Mokin
Vinnitca National Technical University
Vinnitca Ukraine

Prof. Genady Pivnyak
Ukrainian National Mining University
Dnipropetrovsk Ukraine

Prof. Mykola Polyakov
Dnipropetrovsk National University
Dnipropetrovsk Ukraine

Prof. Volodimyr Shevchenko
Donetsk National University
Donetsk Ukraine

Prof. Oleksandr Minayev
Donetsk National Technical University
Donetsk Ukraine

Prof. Valery Kazakov
Donetsk State M. Gorky Medical University
Donetsk Ukraine

Prof. Oleksandr Shubin
Donetsk State M. Tugan-Baranovsky Economy and Trade University
Donetsk Ukraine

Prof. Vyacheslav Voloshin
Priazovsky State Technical University
Mariupol Ukraine

Prof. Kostyanty Balabanov
Mariupol State University of Humanities
Mariupol Ukraine

Prof. Yevgen Gorokhov
Donbass State Building and Architecture Academy
Makiyvka Ukraine

Prof. Stanislav Povazhny
Donetsk State Management University
Donetsk Ukraine

Prof. Volodimyr Fedorinov
Donbass State Machine Building Academy
Kramatorsk Ukraine

Prof. Vyacheslav Voyevodin
Donetsk State S.S. Prokofyev Conservatory
Donetsk Ukraine

Prof. Mykhaylo Chaltsev
Automobile and Road Institute of Donetsk National Technical University
Gorlivka Ukraine

Prof. Viktor Dokashenko
Gorlivka State N.K.Krupska Pedagogycal University of Foreign Languages
Gorlivka Ukraine

Prof. Volodimyr Slyvka
Uzhgorod National University
Uzhgorod Ukraine

Prof. Sergiy Belikov
Zaporizhzhe National Technical University
Zaporizhzhe Ukraine

Prof. Valery Savin
Zaporizhzhe State University
Zaporizhzhe Ukraine

Prof. Vitaly Kononenko
Prykarpatsky Vasyl Stefanyk University

Prof. Viktor Skopenko
National Taras Shevchenko University
Kyiv Ukraine

Prof. Mykhaylo Zgurovski
Ukrainian National Technical University "Kyiv Polytechnic Institute"
Kyiv Ukraine

Prof. Vyacheslav Bryukhovetsky
National University "Kyiv and Mogyla Academy"
Kyiv Ukraine

Prof. Anatoly Pavlenko
Kyiv National Economic University
Kyiv Ukraine

Prof. Oleksandr Golubenko
East-Ukrainian National University
Lugansk Ukraine

Prof. Ivan Vakarchuk
Lviv National Ivan Franko University
Lviv Ukraine

Prof. Yuri Rudavsky
National University "Lvivska Polytechnic"
Lviv Ukraine

Prof. Valery Malakhov
Odessa National Polytechnic University
Odessa Ukraine

Prof. Valentyn Smyntyna
Odessa National I.M. Mechnikov University
Odessa Ukraine

Prof. Loenid Tovazhnyansky
National Technical University "Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute"
Kharkiv Ukraine

Prof. Vil Bakirov
Kharkiv National V.N. Karazin University
Kharkiv Ukraine

Prof. Vasyl Tatciy
National Law Yaroslav Mudry Academy
Kharkiv Ukraine

Prof. Mykola Tkatch
Chernivtci National Yu. Fedkovytch University

Prof. Volodymyr Ponomarenko
Kharkiv State Economic University
Kharkiv Ukraine

Prof. Yury Polyansky
Odessa National Law Academy
Odessa Ukraine