Conference on Higher Environmental Education in Ukraine
All-Ukrainian Scientific-and-Practical Conference on ‘Current State and Issues of Higher Environmental Education in Ukraine’ was held on 28-29 March 2017. The event was supported by the International Association of University Environmentalists, the National Commission of Ukraine for UNESCO and the Coordination Board for ‘UNITWIN / UNESCO Departments’ Programme in Ukraine.
The conference was attended by teachers and researchers from Universities and other institutions of Ukraine located in Kyiv, Dnipro, Kamianets-Podilskyi, Kharkiv, Lviv, Mykolaiv, Odessa, Poltava, and Sumy, which train professionals under the speciality of 101 “Environmental Science” as well as other specialities and subject areas. The current issues concerning regulatory, legal, educational and methodological provision for training environmentalists at the higher educational institutions of Ukraine, ways to improve quality of training in the field of Environmental Science, nature conservation and sustainable nature management, structure and content of environment-oriented courses under the conditions of transition to new standards of higher environmental education in Ukraine, and peculiarities of training environmentalists in the context of education for sustainable development were discussed.
Representatives of UNESCO Departments in Ukraine participated in the thematic session on ‘Principal Directions of Humanization and Greening for Higher Education in Ukraine.’
Developments of the international project 544524-TEMPUS-1-2013-1-PL-TEMPUS-SMHES “Qualifications Frameworks for Environmental Science at Ukrainian Universities” were discussed at the round table on ‘Implementation of Sectoral Qualifications Frameworks in Environmental Science.’
Higher Environmental Education: Standards for the Future
On 2 December 2016 General Meeting of the International Association of Universities Environmentalists and Environmental Forum on ‘Higher Environmental Education: Standards for the Future’ were held at the premises of Odessa State Environmental University (OSENU), with the support of the International Association of Universities Environmentalists and the Institute of Ecology, Economics and Law.
The event, chaired by Prof. Sergiy Stepanenko, OSENU Rector, was attended by representatives of the International Association of Universities Environmentalists, legislative and executive authorities, bodies of education management, educational and research institutions.
A number of issues concerning development of higher environmental education and science in Ukraine was covered at the meeting, in particular, the ways to improve professional training of the future environmentalists in higher educational institutions were identified, and the development of cooperation between NGOs, government bodies, educational and research institutions in addressing the issues on environmental education and science was discussed.
Prof. Tamerlan Safranov presented the achievements under the project 544524-TEMPUS-1-2013-1-PL-TEMPUS-SMHES ‘Qualifications Frameworks for Environmental Science at Ukrainian Universities’ on elaboration of sectoral Qualifications Frameworks in Environmental Science.
Regional conferences at OSENU
Three regional conferences for teaching staff and stakeholdres were held at OSENU from the beginning of project implementation. They were devoted to discussion of the ways to enhance quality and topicality of higher education in Environmental Science in Ukraine and its harmonization with the EU standards through development of branch qualification frameworks.
On 16 May 2014 Odessa State Environmental University (OSENU) held the Conferencefor OSENU lecturers and stakeholders, devoted to discussion of the ways to improve the quality and actuality of higher education in Environmental Science in Ukraine and harmonization of the education with the EU standards through development of branch Qualifications Frameworks. The attendees were informed on the project content and objectives, as well as the expected outcomes from its realization on the results of the First coordination meeting, organized in Warsaw earlier in April.
The subsequent two conferences (seminars), conducted on 17 September and 14 October 2014, covered the results of study visits of the Ukrainian lecturers to the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (Vienna, Austria) and the University of Lleida (Spain). The following issues were presented to the participants: Qualifications Frameworks in Environmental Education, adopted in Austria and Spain, peculiarities of national higher education systems in these countries, procedures of qualifications awarding and issuance of graduation documents, structure and content of the Study Programmes / Study Courses, ECTS implementation, Access to learning / teaching materials (distance learning) and carrying out trainings for lecturers and developers of Study Programmes.
Representatives of the following organizations participated in the conferences:
Ukrainian Scientific Center of Ecology of the Sea
Odessa State Plant Breeding and Genetics Institute
Institute of Viticulture and Wine-Making named after V.Ye. Tairov
Department of Ecology and Natural Resources of Odessa Regional State Administration
Institute of Innovative Technologies and Educational Content, MES of Ukraine.
Approaching the end of the project first-year, it is necessary to sum up the mentioned activities. In particular, we can notice successful start of the main project activities and active involvement of students, teachers, researchers and stakeholders. It should be also remarked that meetings have united the project team and inspired them on further fruitful work.