Ukraine: The New Reforms and Internationalization

  • Sonja Knutson
  • Valentyna Kushnarenko
Keywords: Ukraine, Law on Higher Education, reform, innovation, internationalization.


The progress of internationalization in higher education in the Ukraine continues to be challenged by tensions and instability created by escalating hostilities with Russia. However, a new Law on Higher Education, adopted on July 31, 2014, proposes coherent strategies to optimize university autonomy, provides frameworks for effective oversight, promises to intensify local university research and brings transformative innovations to current university approaches to internationalization. This paper highlights some of the law’s major reforms which can positively impact internationalization along with potential pitfalls related to successful implementation.

Author Biographies

Sonja Knutson

Sonja Knutson is director, International Centre Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.

Valentyna Kushnarenko

Valentyna Kushnarenko is research associate, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada.

How to Cite
Knutson, S., & Kushnarenko, V. (2015). Ukraine: The New Reforms and Internationalization. International Higher Education, (79), 18-19.
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