Cooperation in the field of education, Erasmus+ program
30 October 2020 17:45

Education and youth

Ukraine is committed to integrate into European education area. Since 2005, Ukraine has joined the Bologna Process, which aims to unify the criteria for higher education, to make student academic mobility more accessible. In addition, Ukraine has joined the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), which sets our direction for reforming higher education institutions.

The EU remains a consistent partner in the implementation of educational reforms in Ukraine, involved in the development of legislation, curricula and teacher training programs.

In December 2019, the implementation of the EU technical assistance project "EU4Skills: Best Skills for Modern Ukraine" was officially launched, within which 63 million euros are directed to reform of the Vocational education and training system in Ukraine.

Progress is observed in the development of people-to-people contacts, including mobility of youth, students, young researches, artists, volunteers as well as in joint sport activities. In 2019, the implementation of the Program for the Expansion of People-to-People: House of Europe in Ukraine with a total budget of 18 million euros was launched.

Ukraine joins EU activities within the European Week of Sports – EU initiative to promote active and healthy lifestyle.

In 2019 Ukraine successfully hosted events dedicated to the European Youth Week and European Week of Sports.

Erasmus +

The EU Program Erasmus+ is the framework for cooperation in the field of education, youth and sports. Ukraine participates in the program as a partner.

The idea underlying the program is to jointly develop quality reforms of education systems, increase the productivity of higher and vocational education institutions, provide quality higher education and training that would meet the needs of the European labor market.

Among mobility projects for youth and students, Erasmus+ bring great opportunities for higher education system of Ukraine.

More than 200 higher education institutions and more than 3000 public organizations took part in the programs and established cooperation with international partners since 2014.

The Erasmus+ program plays a significant role in reforming higher education in Ukraine. Since 2015, the following activities have been supported:

  • 48 projects of Institutional Capacity Building of Higher Education Institutions (dedicated to curriculum development, cooperation between universities and business structures or structural reorganization);
  • 120 Jean Monnet actions to promote research and knowledge about the EU. The total grant allocated amount is over 3,9 mln euro + 1,3 mln euro for network;
  • 27 Ukrainian organizations, including 12 higher education institutions, became members of the Strategic Partnerships. Participation in this key action for Ukraine is possible only if the EU recognizes the added value of our participants and potential for the implementation of innovative projects;
  • 4 structural projects to support educational policy reform.

Ukraine takes part in 59 and among them coordinates 22 Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Youth projects, which aim to strengthen the leadership and entrepreneurial competencies of young people.

Modernization of teaching methods is supported by the eTwinning Plus platform for connecting schools and teachers online, which facilitates both methodological and cultural exchange of experiences. Since 2013, more than 1300 schools in Ukraine have taken part in the platform's activities.

Supporting the program development in Ukraine, in 2019 EU has launched 5 million euro Specific Funding Window for Ukrainian participants in the Erasmus + in 2019-2020.

In addition, the EU funds the work of the National Erasmus + Office in Ukraine, where anyone can get the necessary information and assistance.

Ukraine is expecting even more engagement in the next seven-year Erasmus + program (2021-2027). New opportunities in directions of vocational education and training, teacher training and sports are awaited by Ukrainian youth and education sector.

Useful links:

National Erasmus+ Оffice – Ukraine: www.erasmusplus.org.ua

European Commission fact-sheet of Ukraine’s participation in Erasmus+:
https://ec.europa.eu/assets/eac/erasmus-plus/factsheets/neighbourhood/ukraine_erasmusplus_2019.pdf


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