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Coordination Meeting at the Ministry of Education of Ukraine marks the birth of Tempus project

The project aim is to promote the synergy between academic IT programmes, research expertise and business innovation for Ukraine.

In late July, the project National Education Framework for Enhancing IT Students' Innovation and Entrepreneurship, with the School of Computer Science, Physics and Mathematics (DFM) at Linnaeus University as the head coordinator of the project and Ukraine as the partner country, was granted approximately 1 million Euro from the Tempus IV programme of the European Union (see the news link in the right hand column).

National Education Framework - Kiev 121105The project was launched with a coordination meeting for all the project partners in Kiev on 5-7 November. Linnaeus University and DFM were responsible for the program and therefore were hosting the meeting. The entire project consortium was represented by 39 participants, who came from five Ukrainian universities, Oxford Brookes University (UK), Dublin City University (Ireland) and Pedro Nunes Institute (Portugal), the companies IKEA, Sigma Kudos (Växjö, Kharkiv, Odessa) and Yuzhnoye SDO (Ukraine), and the Ministry of Education of Ukraine.

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The program's first session was held at the Ministry of Education and Science, Youth and Sports of Ukraine. Yevhen Sulima, First Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Education, stressed the importance of this project for the development of new study plans for the subject Computer Science in Ukraine. These will lead to an integration between education and entrepreneurship through business involvement and cooperation with businesses. One of the universities in the consortium, Kharkiv National University of Radio Electronics, has been appointed by the Ministry to lead this reform.

Pro-rector Lena Fritzén welcomed the representatives from the universities and companies and stressed EACEA's (European Commission's Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency) assessment of the project application in the evaluation report that was the basis for the grant (see the right hand column). Lena Fritzén emphasized the importance of the project consortium's high quality and its upcoming collaborations, and the importance of Linnaeus University to be the head coordinator of an EU project of such a high status as Tempus.

The project will be implemented through ten different working areas, so-called Work Packages. The five initial working areas were planned in Kiev and led to concrete and sustainable starting points for the further work in the project.

The subsequent sessions at the coordination meeting were held in the premises of the highest ranked university in Ukraine, Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.
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