Kyiv National Economic University named after Vadym Hetman



From January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2023 GENIUS

( together with the University of Konstanz implements the project "Female Leadership in Academia and Management in Germany and Ukraine" (FLAMINGU) financed by DAAD from the funds of Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany (Grant No. 57514585).

The project aims at creating structures to ensure equality, empower women research and teaching staff and establish gender parity at KNEU. Its task is to lay the foundation for the implementation of European standards of equality by introducing appropriate structures, documents and processes, sensitizing the university management for gender issues, promoting the advancement of women to leadership positions and training the management staff.

The FLAMINGU project team from KNEU is:

Yevgenia Kolomiets-Ludwig - Director of the Center for International Academic Mobility, Associate Professor of Business and Corporate Law, Ph.D. - project leader

Lina Kurchenko - Associate Professor of German, Ph.D. - project coordinator

Svitlana Tsymbaliuk - Dean of the Faculty of Personnel Management, Sociology and Psychology, Doctor of Economics

Oksana Vinska - Associate Professor of European Economics and Business, Ph.D.

Kateryna Ilikchiieva - Associate Professor of the Department of Constitutional, Administrative and Criminal Law, Ph.D.

The project "Female Leadership in Academia and Management in Germany and Ukraine” (FLAMINGU) provides a series of trainings to enhance women's leadership in the university environment with the involvement of the best European experts on equal opportunity. On December 4th and 11th in 2020, January 22th, February 19th and March 19th in 2021, the author and moderator of the trainings was Dr. Hanna Fearns, a partner in the women's mentoring program at the University of Konstanz, the founder of Sophia Academia, a consulting firm for successful women.

The purpose of the trainings was to reveal the leadership potential of women who perform administrative functions at KNEU and strive for further professional growth and personal development.



Steps of the FLAMINGU project implementation (Grant No. 57514585)

In 2020:

- A review of KNEU documents on their gender sensitivity fnd non-discrimination was conducted

- February 10-15, 2020 - project leader Ievhenia Kolomiets-Ludwig and project coordinator Lina Kurchenko visited the University of Konstanz to plan the stages of the project

- Curricula of two training courses – one for trainers and one for female academic managers were drafted and approved (108 hours each).

- The Train-the-trainer advanced training course is aimed at development of gender, equal opportunity and inclusion competences and skills. Following trainings were conducted:

06-07.07.2020 - Internet seminar on planning and monitoring gender equality policy at the university (for the project team of Kyiv) - lecturer Marion Woelki, head of the Equal Opportunity Office of the University of Konstanz.

Workshop on implementation of gender equality policy and discussion of gender monitoring - lecturer Christine Abele, quality assurance expert of the University of Konstanz.

- The curriculum of the advanced training course for female academic managers (108 hours) aimed at development of leadership qualities of women in middle and higher management positions at the university was drafted and approved.

- Trainings “Women Empowerment in Academia” were conducted for 11 KNEU women managers and 5 members of the Genius team. Trainer - Dr. Hanna Ferns (Konstanz) (December 4, 2020, December 11, 2020)

- A gender survey developed by the KNEU team was discussed with the Konstanz team and positively assessed by quality assurance expert Christine Abele (Konstanz)

- On November 25, 2020, a panel online discussion "Women's Leadership and Business Projects Changing the World" was organized within the framework of the VIII International Business Forum "Science-Business Education: Strategic Partnership"


- Svitlana Tsymbaliuk, Lina Kurchenko, Volodymyr Tokar, Oksana Vinska and Tetiana Shkoda (2020). Gendered perceptions of professional development in academia: evidence from a Ukrainian university. Problems and Perspectives in Management, 18(1), 394-404. doi:10.21511/ppm.18(1).2020.34 (SCOPUS indexed)

- Information on the project was published in bulletin of German-Ukrainian academic community  The UKRAINE Network Newsletter, 24 (No3, 2020)

Spill-over effect:

- Activities under the FLAMINGU project related to gender equality have been reported to the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, and this information should be taken into account in national reports on equality in education

- Activities under the FLAMINGU project related to gender equality include the KNEU report for the international higher education ranking according to the Times (THE Impact Ranking). In 2020, primarily due to cooperation with UKN in the field of gender equality, KNEU took first place among Ukrainian universities for SDG5 Gender Equality!/page/ 0 / length / 25 / locations / UA / sort_by / rank / sort_order / asc / cols / undefined

- At the initiative of the KNEU project team, the contact with UN Women was established. Participation of KNEU students in the HeForShe movement is prepared, including publication on UN Women web resources. Participation of UN Women lecturers in project activities to raise gender awareness is planned.


 In 2021:

- Gender Platform was created as a think tank for gender studies and research, and as networking platform for women of KNEU

- the position “Adviser on Equal Opportunities, Diversity and Inclusion” was established to mainstream gender into KNEU policies, documents and procedures and to council on legal aspects of gender equality, diversity, inclusion, and non-discrimination.  Kateryna Ilikchiieva – UN National Consultant (

- trainings on creating the gender plan for universities were conducted. The trainer was Lorena Pajares, a gender and development consultant with 20 years of professional experience, a specialist in academic research in the social sciences and feminist methodology. Lorena Pajares is a participant in the Horizon2020 SUPERA project (support for the promotion of equality in research and academia) from the Complutense University of Madrid, and has collaborated with government agencies and NGOs in research and training projects aimed at gender transformation (https://u-academ / creating-your-gap /). The development of the Gender Plan is a testament to the significant progress made by KNEU towards achieving gender equality, as well as promoting this fundamental European value among the general Ukrainian academic community. The existence of a gender plan is extremely important for enhancing the international cooperation of KNEU, in particular in the framework of the EU research and innovation program Horizon2021-2027.


- the Advisory Board meeting was held to discuss the impact of the FLAMINGU project on enhancement of cooperation between universities, presenting its intermediate results and discussing prospects and challenges for its further implementation. The members of the Advisory Board emphasized the significant progress in the implementation of the project and expressed admiration for the effective work of its participants.

- the first "Gender Party" of KNEU was held. As part of the event, two new structural units were opened - the Gender Platform and the Office of the Adviser on Equal Opportunities, Diversity and Inclusion, which testifies the gender mainstreaming in KNEU. The event also included women's networking and gender quests ( ).


-Kurchenko, L., Kolomiyets-Ludwig, E., & Ilnytskyy, D. (2021). Women's Empowerment as a Tool for Sustainable Development of Higher Education and Research in the Digital Age. In Neimann, T., Felix, J. J., Reeves, S., & Shliakhovchuk, E. (Ed.), Stagnancy Issues and Change Initiatives for Global Education in the Digital Age (pp. 141-172). Hershey, Pennsylvania: IGI Global. http://doi:10.4018/978-1-7998-4993-3.ch007

-Kurchenko,L. (2021). Gender Problematics in the Western Philosophical Tradition. In Artemenko S., Gaievska O., Severyn-Mrachkovska, al. (Ed.): Interdisciplinary Discourse in Social Phenomena Research [collective monograph] (pp.54-73). Kyiv :КNEU (in Ukrainian).

 - Vinska, O., & Tokar, V. (2021). Female economic participation and dynamics of GDP per capita in EU Member-States. ВченізапискиУніверситету«КРОК» № (2 (62). С. 19–26.

 - Tsymbaliuk, S. & Volkovska, A. (2021). Analysis of institutional factors that cause gender pay gaps in Ukraine. Social and labour relations: theory and practice. Vol. 11, № 1. Pp. 1-13.

-Vinska, O., & Tokar, V. (2021). Cluster analysis of the European Union gender equality and economic development. Business, Management and Economics Engineering Journal. Vol. 11, № 2. Pp. 373-388. DOI: 10.3846/bmee.2021.15382 (SCOPUS, Web of Science)




Last redaction: 18.02.22