Kyiv National Economic University named after Vadym Hetman

Jean Monnet Chair "European Regional Development Model"

Grant of the European Commission

Lifelong Learning Programme

Sub-programme - Jean Monnet Programme, Key Activity 1

Action type - Jean Monnet Chair

Project title - "European Regional Development Model"

Project number № 528395-LLP-1-2012-1-UA-AJM-CH

Grant agreement № 2012-2848 / 001 – 001

 

     In 2012, the Department of European Integration won Jean Monnet Chair  grant to implement the Training for trainers "European Regional Development Model". The main purpose of the training is to create a new e-textbook on EU regional policy.

     Great response and a genuine interest in the project stems from the fact that it was attended by Ph.Ds, Doctors of sciences, Heads of the relevant departments of many universities of Ukraine. The main results of the action have been highlighted in the national Channel Five news:

     Implementation of the Training for Trainers revealed a high interdisciplinary interest in the studied issues, because it was attended by the experts of regional economics, macroeconomics, international economics, law, and geography. An important advantage was the fact, that the audience of the one of the two training groups included seven Doctors of Sciences, who subsequently became the leaders of the micro-groups, created for the purpose of elaboration of the experimental version of the text-book “EU Regional Policy”. Unexpectedly, it appeared quite challenging for a large number of experts in regional economy, due to their long-term experience in delivering the course “Disposition of production capacities”.

Training for Trainers "Creating electronic text-book "EU regional policy"" (Summer Session, first group)

     The most difficult issue, when working in micro-groups, was the approach to the structuring of the future text-book, as this workshop actually presented a new model for the elaboration and writing of text-books.

     The increase of the level of competence in the two groups amounted to 1.8-2 times.

The starting point of the Training for Trainers at KNEU library conference-hall (Winter session, first group) 

Hot discussion of the learnt issues (Winter session, first group) 

Work over the case-study in micro-groups (Winter session, first group) 

Let's create a new e-text-book (Summer session, second group) 

Elaborating approaches to the quality assessment of the text-book (Summer session, second group) 

Solving problem situations (Summer session, second group) 

     In 2013-2014 four six-day trainings were held within the framework of Jean Monnet Chair "European Regional Development Model" (total duration – 200 academic hours) at SHEE "Kyiv National Economic University named after Vadym Hetman".

       The third group of 27 students visited winter school "Theoretic and Applied Background of the European Regional Policy" in the period from 9 to 14 December 2013; summer school “Creating e-textbook ‘European Union Regional Policy’” took place during June 30 – July 5, 2014.

     The fourth group of 25 students visited the winter theoretical session during December 16 – 21, 2013; summer school on the development of the e-textbook was held on July 7 –12, 2014.

      As a result of hard work of the interdisciplinary teams the third and the fourth versions of the e-textbook "EU Regional Policy" have been elaborated. They were internally cross-reviewed and optimized.

     It is widely known, that regional relations in Ukraine have recently been highly aggravated. Direct armed conflict, confrontation in the Donbas region, annexation of Crimea, massive ideological propaganda and other problems of our country’s modern life put to the fore the need for the formation of balanced regional policy, the realization of which requires European-level experts capable of thinking in a new way. A significant contribution to the achievement of this aim is made by the EU grant programme – Jean Monnet Chair “Training for trainers ‘European regional development model’” (528395-LLP-1-2012-1-UA-AJM-CH), the next stage of which was implemented at the training centre of Kyiv National Economic University named after Vadym Hetman during June 22-27, 2015.

     27 participants were selected. They were teachers from different universities of Ukraine, including 8 doctors, who ensured a high presentation level of the event.

     Each time such an event resembles a workshop held by Pro-rector for scientific and pedagogical work and international relations, Head of the European Integration Department, Doctor of Economic Sciences, Professor Viktor Chuzhykov (SHEE “Kyiv National Economic University named after Vadym Hetman”). Using innovative teaching methods has made this training avant-garde in nature and absolutely necessary for teachers, some of whom are involved in the development of important public documents on regional policy, while the others are eager to radically change the structure and methodology of teaching “regional studies”.

Activities carried out during the year 2014-2015

Teaching events:

Second phase of Stage 4: Kyiv, (7-12 July 2014) - 24 participants;

Stage 5: Kyiv, (22-27 June 2015) - 27 participants; (21-26 September 2015) - 25 participants

Stage 6: Kyiv, (14-19 September 2015) - 17 participants; (05-10 October 2015) -17 participants.

Ongoing doctoral theses on European Integration:

- Lukianenko Oleksandr Dmytrovych “Sectoral Modernization of the European Business” (2013-2018);

- Dyndar Anton Sergiyovych «Development of Art Business in the Creative Economy of the EU»(2014-2018);

- Fedirko Oleksandr Anatoliyovych «Paradigm of Local Innovation Development in the Economy of the EU» (2012-2017);

- Galenko Sergiy Mukolaiovych «Network Paradigm of the European Megalopolises Development under Conditions of Innovation Diffusion in the EU» (2014-2017);

- Rudukha Natalya Eugeniivna «Transformation of the Regulatory Policy in the Banking Sector of the European Union» (2015-2019)

Ongoing research:

- Interdepartmental fundamental research topic «Strategies of National Development in the Paradigm of Global Economic Policy» (State registration Number№ 0111U007630).Objective: to develop methodological apparatus, methods and research tools of integration models, horizontal and sectoral EU policies.

- Interdepartmental fundamental research topic “Resources and Models of National Competitive Development under Conditions of Economic Globalization: Euro-integration Project of Ukraine” State registration Number№ 0115U002368). Professor Viktor Chuzhykov prepared the following four chapters of the report: "Forecast of the world economic development by 2020 with the identification of the strategic competitiveness of the EU", "Assessing the impact of political risks on the process of implementation of the EU common policies", "Regional-local stratification of the global economic map"; "Imbalances of the global economy". Also Professor prepared two other sub-chapters of the report: "Integration aspects of the global economy" and "Methodological guidelines for assessing the effectiveness of the integration blocks.

Initiatives, seminars, conferences.

Follow-up events and initiatives:

-         On November 19, 2015 Professor V. Chuzhykov organized public discussion of the main results of the Jean Monnet Chair (Project № 528395-LLP-1-2012-1-UA-AJM-CH; Grant Agreement № 2012-2848 / 001 – 001) implementation at the Scientific and Expert Council of Kyiv National Economic University named after Vadym Hetman;

-         On December 10, 2015 Jean Monnet Chair Viktor Chuzhykov reported the main results of the project implementation at the Academic council of Kyiv National Economic University named after Vadym Hetman;

-         Thefollow-up event included 3-day workshop to finalize the collective variant of the textbook “European Union Regional Policy” on February 16-18, 2016 (Its program included selection of the best chapters from among the six e-books to be included into the final printed variant of the text-book, didactic sessions on harmonizing the style of the text, implementing active methods, cross-reviewing of the text, peer-review of the text, group presentations of the improved chapters of the final text-book);

-         The follow-up roundtable debate for the Jean Monnet Chair “European Thinking — Local Action”  was held on the premises of  Kyiv National EconomicUniversity named after Vadym Hetman on the19th of February, 2016 (Conference Hall of KNEU, Peremohy Avenue, 54/1). The aim of the round-table debate: summing up major scientific, methodological, didactic, and organizational achievements of the project during 2012-2016.The event was open for the civil society (NGOs, volunteering organizations, academia etc.)

Other conferences, round tables, initiatives:

-         Chuzhykov Victor (2015) Global localism of economic development and new regionalism : report delivered at the International Symposium "Islamic Cultural Capital" (Almaty, Kazakhstan, the University of Foreign Languages and Business Enterprise 12-14 June 2015);

-         Chuzhykov Victor (2015) Localization of Ukrainian territorial model : report delivered at the Roundtable "Regional diversity of Ukraine as the ideology of the new regional policy" (Kyiv, Institute of Strategic Studies, June 17, 2015).

-         Chuzhykov Victor (2015) Modeling the Instruments of regional development for the Central and Eastern Europe : report delivered at the 4th  International Scientific Conference “Restructuring of Global Space: Imperatives and Challenges”, (Kyiv, Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine, April 23, 2015)

-         Chuzhykov Victor (2014) The strategy "Europe 2020": Prospects and Risks : report delivered at the International Scientific and Practical Conference  "Restructuring the global space: Imperatives and Challenges" (Kyiv, Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine, April 24, 2014);

-         Chuzhykov Victor, Fedirko Oleksandr, Chuzhykov Andrii (2014) “Post-Soviet Regionalism: The Case of Ukraine” : report delivered at Jean Monnet International Conference «EU Eastern Partnership - from Capacities to Excellence: strengthening research, regional and innovation policies in the context of Horizon 2020 strategy», (University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia, 11-13 June 2014);

-         Chuzhykov Victor (2014) “Regionalism vs. localism: common features of regional sciences convergence” : report delivered at the International Scientific Conference “Regional economy in Ukraine: Current State and Strategy of Reforming”, (Lviv Institute of Regional Studies of NAS of Ukraine, 27-28 November 2014);

-         Chuzhykov Victor (2014) “Modern Development of Ukraine in the European Economy” : report delivered at the International Scientific Conference devoted to 25th anniversary of cooperation between KNEU and University of Konstanz, (Konstanz, Germany, October 19-20, 2015).

Other activities.

Teaching materials of the training have been passed to participants of the trainings either in the form of deliverables (DVDs) or sent to their e-mails at their request.

In order to promote the results of the training to the general public we continued our blog concerning Jean Monnet Chair “European Regional Development Model” on the university official web-site: http://meim.kneu.edu.ua/en/depts6/evrointegracii/EU_grant_chair_ERDM/

The results of the training have been highlighted in the Jean Monnet Chair’s blog post at the Jean Monnet Community Network web-site - http://jeanmonnet.ning.com/

Requests from the media 

The outcomes of the project, as well as the significance of the Jean Monnet Program were highlighted in the special issues of the “5th Channel” at Ukrainian television. Also it was highly appreciated by a number of NGOs (European Integration Promotion Foundation, volunteering organization “Poruch”) at the follow-up round-table debate.

Participation in local,regional or national initiatives

-         Jean Monnet Chair V. Chuzhykov delivered a speech “The economic impact of the introduction of visa-free regime between Ukraine and EU” in the Parliament of Ukraine in the course of Parliamentary debates on the subject of “Prospects of launching by the EU of the visa-free regime for the citizens of Ukraine” on April 15, 2015 (Hrushevskogo str. 5, Session Hall of the Parliament of Ukraine).

Publications in 2014-2015.

-         Regional Policy of the European Union: Text-book / Editor in Chief Professor Viktor Chuzhykov, Kyiv, KNEU, 2016 (ISBN 978-966-926-080-2) (Project number № 528395-LLP-1-2012-1-UA-AJM-CH; Grant agreement № 2012-2848 / 001 – 001);

-         Practical guide on conducting trainings in European integration studies. Training «European Union Innovation and Investment Development» / [V. Chuzhykov, V. Тоkar, О. Fedirko et al.] ; Under edition of Prof. Viktor Chuzhykov. — Кyiv: Kyiv National Economic University, 2015. — 232 p. (Project number № 529031-LLP-1-2012-1-UA-AJM-MO; Grant agreement № 2012-2907 / 001 – 001);

-         Practical guide on conducting trainings in European integration studies («European Integration Advocacy Training»), under edition of Viktor Chuzhykov. – Kyiv: Kyiv National Economic University named after Vadym Hetman,2014. —224 p. (Project № 199755-LLP-1-2011-1-UA-AJM-MO; Grant agreement № 2011-3366 / 001 — 001);

-         Practical guide on conducting trainings in European integration studies («Immersion into the EU: Training for School Teachers »), under edition of Natalya Chepurna and Viktor Chuzhykov. – Cherkassy: Publisher Y. Chabanenko, 2015 (Project № 542844-LLP-1-2013-1-UA-AJM-MO; Grant agreement № 2013-3141 / 001 — 001);

-         Chuzhykov V, Obolenska T, Leshchenko K “Environmental components of horizontal EU policies” // Bulletin of Dnipropetrovsk University. Series "Economics." - 2014 - Volume 22 Issue. 8 (4). - P. 3-13;

-         Chuzhykov V. “Strategy "Europe 2020": prospects and risks” / Proceedings of the International Conference "Restructuring the global space: historical imperatives and challenges (24 April 2014, Kyiv, Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine). - P. 63-64.

-         Chuzhykov V. “Localism vs. regionalism: how should economic geography change in the modern conditions // Geopolitics and Eco-dynamics. - 2014 - Volume 10, Issue. 2. - P. 14-17. Accessed at: http://geopolitika.crimea.edu/arhiv/2014/tom10-v-2/003chuzj.pdfChuzhykov V., Obolenska T., Tsygankova T. Polystructural model of the EU environmental policy: an economic approach //Actual Problems of Economics,. - 2015. - № 3. - P. 203 – 209.

-         Chuzhykov V., Obolenska T., Leschenko K. Mechanism and Instruments for Realizing the Environmental-Economic Policies of the Post-Socialist countries of the Eastern Europe // European Researcher. – 2014. – № 12-1. – Vol. 88. – P. 2069-2080.

-         Chuzhykov Viktor, Tkachova I. Structural model of cooperation development in the Black Sea region / Viktor Chuzhykov, Iryna Tkachova // Nierówności spoleczne a wzrost gospodarczy. – 2014. – Zeszyt 39 (№ 3). – P.452-462.

-         Chuzhykov V., Fedirko O., Chuzhykov A. Metodological Background of Post-Soviet Regionalism: The Case of Ukraine // Baltic Journal of European studies.-2014.-June.-Vol. 1 (16).-P.20-33 (Estonia).

FINAL ACTIVITY REPORT

An evaluation of the results of the project compared to the initial objectives   

   In the process of Jean Monnet Chair implementation the core objective of the project was achieved in the following context: to widen the experience and knowledge about the EU regional policy among the teachers and leading experts, responsible for practical realization of the state regional development model. Achievement of the project objectives was provided by means of careful selection of the audience of the training of trainers on the basis of the applicants’ letters of motivation. As a result, the range of the training participants included economists of different specialties, jurists, geographers, sociologists, experts in state administration, and engineering sciences. For the university students, however, the level of training sophistication appeared to be too high. Specific feature of the training was that among its participants there were 85 % academics with Ph.D. and/or D.S. levels (25 % of Doctors of Sciences). This provided for the high quality status of the project implementation.

    At the same time I faced some factors affecting the realization of the Jean Monnet Chair. They are noted below:

-         Military occupation of Crimea and outbreak of military operation in Donetsk and Lugansk regions hampered the participation of inhabitants of these regions in the later stages of our project. This was also the reason, why I did not manage to use the full potential of disseminating the outcomes of the project via mass media on the late stages of its implementation;

-         As it was expected, the most complicated group of project participants was represented by the Ukrainian experts of regional studies, who pursued the standards of teaching regional economic studies in the style of soviet 1980-ies. Their scientific views are based on the understanding of planned economy, and they had difficulties in comprehension of the regulatory role of the government, instead of the directive one.

-         The final stage of the text-book creation was coupled with frequent disputes among its co-authors concerning the structure and contents of the text-book. It was not possible to insist on any single approach, so, all conflicts had to be settled by way of common consensus.

A summary of the main results

Teaching courses:

Stage 1: Kyiv, (10-15 December 2012) -  28 participants; (8-13 July 2013) – 27 participants;

Stage 2: Kyiv, (4-9 February 2013) - 38 participants; (1-6 July 2013) - 38 participants;

Stage 3: Kyiv, (9-14 December 2013) - 27 participants; (June 30 to July 5, 2014) - 23 participants;

Stage 4: Kyiv, (16-21 December 2013) – 25 participants; (7-12 July 2014) - 24 participants;

Stage 5: Kyiv, (22-27 June 2015) – 27 participants; (21-26 September 2015) - 25 participants;

Stage 6: Kyiv, (14-19 September 2015) - 17 participants; (05-10 October 2015) - 17 participants.

The impact of the training was enhanced by the invitation of the ex-vice-minister of Ukraine in Utilities and Regional Development Dr. Romaniuk S.A., who shared his practical experience with the audience. Professor Mikula N.A. – the developer of the Euroregion concept for Ukraine – added more practical competencies to the training.

Active use of the innovative teaching methods and approaches allowed to substantially change the quality of teaching regional economics at national higher educational establishments.

Deliverables:

-         Each group of the training participants created one e-textbook “Regional policy of the European Union” (sixth variants altogether);

-         Results of analysis and selection of the contents of the six textbooks allowed to make a competitive selection of the best chapters to form the most competitive final variant of the text-book;

-         The peer review of the final text-book was performed by the renown experts in international economic relations and regional studies, didactics, as well as representatives of the students’ academic council, who assessed the accessibility of the contents of the text-book;

-         Regional Policy of the European Union: Text-book / Editor in Chief Professor Viktor Chuzhykov, Kyiv, KNEU, 2016 (ISBN 978-966-926-080-2) (Project number № 528395-LLP-1-2012-1-UA-AJM-CH; Grant agreement № 2012-2848 / 001 – 001);

-         Teaching materials of the training have been passed to participants of the trainings either in the form of deliverables (DVDs) or sent to their e-mails at their request

Follow-up events and initiatives:

- On November 19, 2015 Professor V. Chuzhykov organized public discussion of the main results of the Jean Monnet Chair (Project № 528395-LLP-1-2012-1-UA-AJM-CH; Grant Agreement № 2012-2848 / 001 – 001) implementation at the Scientific and Expert Council of Kyiv National Economic University named after Vadym Hetman;

- On December 10, 2015 Jean Monnet Chair Viktor Chuzhykov reported the main results of the project implementation at the Academic council of Kyiv National Economic University named after Vadym Hetman;

- The follow-up event included 3-day workshop to finalize the collective variant of the textbook “European Union Regional Policy” on February 16-18, 2016 (Its program included selection of the best chapters from among the six e-books to be included into the final printed variant of the text-book, didactic sessions on harmonizing the style of the text, implementing active methods, cross-reviewing of the text, peer-review of the text, group presentations of the improved chapters of the final text-book);

- The follow-up round-table debate for the Jean Monnet Chair “European Thinking — Local Action”  was held on the premises of  Kyiv National Economic University named after Vadym Hetman on the 19th of February, 2016 (Conference Hall of KNEU, Peremohy Avenue, 54/1). The aim of the round-table debate: summing up majorscientific, methodological, didactic, and organizational achievements of the project during 2012-2016. The event was open for the civil society (NGOs, volunteering organizations, academia etc.);

-         Close cooperation between training participants resulted in the cohesion of academics and establishing strong network relations between the participants, indicating their readiness to collaborate in further projects; 

-         Jean Monnet Chair V. Chuzhykov delivered a speech “The economic impact of the introduction of visa-free regime between Ukraine and EU” in the Parliament of Ukraine in the course of Parliamentary debates on the subject of “Prospects of launching by the EU of the visa-free regime for the citizens of Ukraine” on April 15, 2015 (Hrushevskogo str. 5, Session Hall of the Parliament of Ukraine).

Last redaction: 25.04.16