A delegation of educationalists from Ukraine visited London on 11-13 March to study UK experience in quality assurance. The group, headed by Volodymyr Lygovyy, First Vice-President of the National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine, looked at how the UK’s experience could help shape Ukraine’s future models for the reform of Higher Education.
The visit participants have been involved in comprehensive discussions on universities’ autonomy and institutional strategies including their international aspects, as well as capacity-building programmes for university leaders.
The 3-day intensive programme included meetings with the representatives of Quality Assurance Agency, Academy of Higher Education, International Unit and British Council as well as visits to Westminster and London Metropolitan universities.
Volodymyr Lygovyy, First Vice-President of the National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine explained:
“Following our visit to the UK we have drafted proposals for 2014-2015 on the Higher education reform with participation of European experts. We strive to raise the level of our higher education management and gain support in the implementation process of the Higher Education bill”.
Sharing their impressions after the visit all delegates agree that the visit helped to understand how the quality and standards in education are being safeguarded on the national level and implemented on the level of institutions. It also helped to establish new contacts and outline possible areas for future cooperation.
The trip was part of the British Council Ukraine’s Internationalising Higher Education programme that aims to assist Ukraine in developing the capacity of its Higher Education sector and looking for partnerships of a high standard in both teaching and research.