Agricultural education in times of war: Strategic visions, leadership practices and post-war reconstruction

  • Received March 11, 2023;
    Accepted March 27, 2023;
    Published April 10, 2023
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    Volume 21 2023, Issue #2 (spec. issue), pp. 87-97
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In the post-war reconstruction of Ukraine, agricultural universities will provide the state with specialists capable of implementing the seamless integration of “green” benchmarks. The full-scale war has not only threatened the sustainable operation of all spheres of higher education institutions but also forced them to look for new ways of adaptation and development. This study aims to assess the readiness of higher education institutions in the agrarian sector to meet the personnel needs of the state in the medium-term of post-war reconstruction. The paper used a group of parameters with specific indicators: education (change in the number of graduates at the Bachelor’s and Master’s educational levels, the ratio of publicly-funded and fee-based education seekers, changes in the average entrance score), science (change in the number of articles published in Scopus and the corresponding h-index, the number of Erasmus grants received, the amount of budget funding for science), recognition (academic ranking of higher education institutions by the Webometrics and Top-200 Ratings), and financing (estimated amounts of funding from the general and special fund, and their ratio). The study offers a unique approach to calculating the Integrated Sustainability Index of higher education institutions. This index clearly illustrates how efficiently 15 agricultural higher education institutions have adapted to wartime transformations. For example, Sumy National Agrarian University and Lviv National Natural Resource Management University have this index exceeding 30%. The study draws attention to the problematic areas of university activity during the war and suggests extending the valuable experience of Sumy National Agrarian University.

The authors are grateful to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, who are liberating the territory of Ukraine at the cost of their own lives, as well as to Ukrainian farmers, who, despite the war, are doing everything possible to prevent a food crisis in the world.
This study is co-funded by the European Union through the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) within the project “Europeanisation of Doctoral Studies in Line with the Innovative Doctoral Training Principles in Europe: Towards a Common Future” 101083493 - EDOCS - ERASMUS-JMO-2022-HEI-TCH-RSCH

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    • Figure 1. System of indicators for determining the University Integrated Sustainability Index
    • Figure 2. University Integral Sustainability Index
    • Table A1. Standardized input data matrix for evaluating the University Integral Sustainability Index
    • Conceptualization
      Olena Nifatova, Yuriy Danko
    • Formal Analysis
      Olena Nifatova
    • Investigation
      Olena Nifatova, Volodymyr Ladyka, Yuliia Hryshyna, Yuriy Danko
    • Methodology
      Olena Nifatova
    • Project administration
      Olena Nifatova, Volodymyr Ladyka, Yuriy Danko
    • Supervision
      Olena Nifatova, Volodymyr Ladyka, Yuriy Danko
    • Visualization
      Olena Nifatova
    • Writing – original draft
      Olena Nifatova, Volodymyr Ladyka, Yuliia Hryshyna, Yuriy Danko
    • Writing – review & editing
      Olena Nifatova, Volodymyr Ladyka, Yuliia Hryshyna, Yuriy Danko
    • Resources
      Yuliia Hryshyna
    • Data curation
      Yuriy Danko