• ATHENA Project

    Fostering Sustainable and Autonomous
    Higher Education Systems
    in the Eastern Neighbouring Area

  • Focus

    University autonomy and funding reforms
    in Armenia, Moldova and Ukraine

  • Objectives

    Transfer of good practice
    Promotion of inclusive approaches
    Capacity building in university management


Time for special thanks

While the ATHENA project is not quite over yet, with dissemination events planned by the different partners and project administration to be completed, the meetings of 15-17 September 2015 made for the the last occasion for the consortium to meet in plenary.

Therefore, the EUA team would like to take this opportunity to give its thanks to a number of special people who made the ATHENA journey such an unforgettable experience.

Many things in the project were made possible by the determination and reactiveness of three key people, the National Coordinators, who helped EUA coordinate action in Moldova, Ukraine and Armenia. These are of course Olesea Sirbu, Tatyana Trubchaninova and Menua Soghomonyan. They are to be particularly thanked, among many other tasks, for the hours they spent coordinating the project administration as well as the input of delegations to the analysis and the local organisation of project events.

Each national delegation in the project benefited from the commitment of highly engaged people, who contributed to the analysis of university autonomy in their country, and helped disseminate the project outcomes.


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The EUA team is also grateful to all the people in the different partner institutions who supported the project work remotely, dealing with reporting, documentation and logistics.

Finally, the EUA project team would also like to thank their other EUA colleagues who worked on the project financial and contractual aspects as well as on event organisation & communications. They have all contributed very significantly to the sustainability of the ATHENA project.

This is time for special thanks, but not for goodbyes – so the team is looking forward to exciting dissemination events with the partners and is eager to continue supporting its partners in tackling the challenge of system reform to enhance the capacity of universities to act as strategic actors.

Thomas Estermann

Enora Bennetot Pruvot, Anna-Lena Claeys-Kulik and Isabel Silva

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  • Yerevan State University
  • Gavar State University
  • State Engineering University of Armenia
  • State Universities Rectors Council of Armenia
  • Ministry of Education and Science of Armenia
  • Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova
  • Cahul State University
  • Free International University of Moldova
  • National Council of Rectors of Moldova
  • Ministry of Education of Moldova
  • Taras Shevchenko National University of Kiev
  • Donetsk National University
  • Odessa National University
  • Lesya Ukrainka Eastern European National University
  • Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine
  • University of Coimbra
  • Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra
  • University of Helsinki
  • Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences
  • University of Amsterdam
  • European University Association