Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv: Navigating education as a frontline during times of war

  • Received March 21, 2023;
    Accepted April 4, 2023;
    Published April 10, 2023
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    Volume 21 2023, Issue #2 (spec. issue), pp. 162-171
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This study aims to highlight the resilience and innovation of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (KNU) in the face of internal and external risks, particularly during times of war and political instability. KNU’s commitment to advancing knowledge is evident through its successful maintenance of educational, scientific, and economic activities and its proactive measures to counter propaganda and misinformation. The university has prioritized the psychological and emotional support of its students and staff and has minimized student losses by implementing flexible forms of education and individual counseling. KNU has also strengthened its international partnerships and grant initiatives. Despite significant losses, the university has maintained its material and technical infrastructure by leveraging various funding sources and developing a strategic trajectory toward an entrepreneurial model. KNU’s strategic objectives include transforming the university into the core of innovation clusters, establishing a risk management system, and monitoring the labor market. KNU’s experience could provide valuable insights for other universities facing similar challenges, emphasizing the importance of effective risk management, crisis communication, and psychological support for the academic community.

The authors express their gratitude to the Armed Forces of Ukraine for their bravery and resilience in the fight for the country’s freedom and independence against new threats in the 21st century. They also thank the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv staff for their unwavering commitment, selflessness, and psychological fortitude, enabling maintaining and expanding the university’s resources despite challenging circumstances. Overall, the authors are optimistic about the future and confident in the prospect of victory.

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    • Figure 1. Dynamics of changes in the number of undergraduate and graduate students from 2008 to 2022
    • Table A1. War impacts on the educational sphere in Ukraine
    • Table A2. KNU’s partial funding structure, in UAH million
    • Conceptualization
      Volodymyr Bugrov, Andrii Gozhyk
    • Methodology
      Volodymyr Bugrov, Andrii Gozhyk, Olena Bilovodska
    • Project administration
      Volodymyr Bugrov, Andrii Gozhyk, Alla Starostina
    • Supervision
      Volodymyr Bugrov, Andrii Gozhyk
    • Data curation
      Alla Starostina, Olena Bilovodska, Nataliia Kochkina
    • Formal Analysis
      Alla Starostina, Olena Bilovodska
    • Investigation
      Alla Starostina, Olena Bilovodska
    • Writing – original draft
      Alla Starostina, Olena Bilovodska
    • Visualization
      Olena Bilovodska, Nataliia Kochkina
    • Writing – review & editing
      Olena Bilovodska, Nataliia Kochkina