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Ukraine: Higher education reforms and dynamics of the institutional landscape

Ukraine: Higher education reforms and dynamics of the institutional landscape

Rumyantseva, Nataliya L. ORCID: 0000-0001-9795-2590 and Logvynenko, Olena I. (2017) Ukraine: Higher education reforms and dynamics of the institutional landscape. In: Huisman, Jeroen, Smolentseva, Anna and Froumin, Isak, (eds.) 25 Years of Transformations of Higher Education Systems in Post-Soviet Countries: Reform and Continuity. Palgrave Studies in Global Higher Education (PSGHE) . Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 407-433. ISBN 978-3319529790 (doi:

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The developmental trajectory of the HE system in Ukraine has mirrored the large-scale transformations that have been taking place in the country since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Rapid change in the socio-economic and political environments, and dramatic demographic changes as well as vicissitudes in foreign relations have all formed the wider context in which the HE system has been evolving.

This chapter views the changes in the HE landscape through the lens of horizontal and vertical diversification and organisational interrelationships (Teichler, 1988). Ukraine’s HE followed a trajectory that is both similar and different to developments in other post-Soviet states (Huisman, Meek, Wood, 2007: 565), facing a shared communist past, bringing back to life pre-Soviet institutions and achievements, and looking for the ways forward.

We will review how horizontal institutional differentiation has been jumpstarted with the introduction of private universities and other structural changes in the system. We will also discuss changes in the vertical differentiation amongst institutions of HE based on their status and ranking system. The interrelationships among old and new universities have inevitably shifted towards being more competitive, which presents not only a new practice for the system but also an additional challenge in the face of negative demographic trends.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Education reform; Institutional landscape; Post-Soviet; Ukraine
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Human Resources & Organisational Behaviour
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2020 09:13

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