Stanford professor to assist with education reforms in Ukraine

Stanford professor to assist with education reforms in Ukraine
July 21, 2016.

Professor Francis Fukuyama of Stanford University will conduct a workshop for the further development and improvement of Public Policy and Public Administration education in Ukraine.

Kyiv, July 21, 2016. A project on training public administration instructors will start in Ukraine with the participation of scholar, political scientist, philosopher, Johannes Schutte Award winner, and senior fellow at Stanford University, Francis Fukuyama. “Professor Fukuyama who is currently lecturing at Stanford University is an absolutely iconic figure, (…) he holds 3-4 leadership development workshops (…) each year throughout the world,” said Pavlo Sheremeta, founder of the School of Public Management at Ukrainian Catholic University and former Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, at a press briefing held at the Ukraine Crisis Media Center.

Workshop “Teaching and developing case studies for public policy: training for trainers” will take place in January 2017 at Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv. A 5-day workshop has been developed for the faculty of universities and learning centers who focus on the study of public policy. Sheremeta shared his experience of participating in a similar workshop that took place in January earlier this year in Georgia. Participants were looking for the paths of development under present-day conditions. “We are planning to discuss issues that are relevant to Ukraine in regards to the development of agriculture, IT, and energy sectors, etc. It is a shame that public administration education in Ukraine is underdeveloped. Schools with similar approach should function in every district, not just one or two schools in the entire country,” said Sheremeta.

Eric Hontz, Program Officer for Eurasia at the Center for International Private Enterprise, said that the idea to conduct such academies in Ukraine seemed unreal at first, but positive dynamics in this direction is observed at present. “We will focus on those government officials who are working in public agencies and civic society,” said Hontz.

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