• 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


Analyses and roadmaps as well as HRM Toolkit are now available

The English versions of the ATHENA analyses and policy roadmaps of all three partner countries as well as the Human Resources Management (HRM) Toolkit have been finalised and can be downloaded under the material's section here.

The analyses and roadmaps are the outcome of a joint effort of the partner countries' delegations including partner universities, national rectors' conferences and the responsible ministries as well as EUA. The analysis based on the methodology of EUA's autonomy scorecard enriched with contextual information gathered in bilateral meetings between EUA and the partner countries' delegations shows the state of play of university autonomy at the beginning of the ATHENA project and also reflects the development over the past three years. The analysis is complemented by a policy roadmap including an action plan indicating the remaining challenges and proposing concrete steps to address those as well as the level of priority and feasibility for each. The exercise has helped to structure the dialogue between the Ministry and the universities in the three systems and shall also help to continue this in the future to facilitate further reforms and implementation.

 For the implementation at institutional level the ATHENA toolkits provide guidance and good practice examples to help university leaders and managers in planning and structuring the change process. The third and last ATHENA Toolkit on Human Resources Management supports the development of a strategic approach towards human resources management and staffing matters helping universities to use the autonomy they have in this regard.

To faciliate dissemination and take-up beyond the ATHENA partnerhsip, the analyses and roadmaps as well as the toolkits are currently being translated into the national languages of the partner countries and will soon be made available here as well.


  • 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