• 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


Programme for Coimbra training seminar now available

The programme for the ATHENA Training Seminar at the University of Coimbra and the Polytechnic Insitute of Coimbra are now available. In addition, please also see below for the collected biographies of all the speakers, and a recent report on the topic of university autonomy by Professor Júlio Pedrosa, former Portuguese Minister of Education, who will be speaking at the seminar.

The documents can be found via the following links:

Update on ATHENA project activities

Following the summer break, the EUA project team has news on a number of developments in the ATHENA project. 

Firstly, we are pleased to announce that in July we received positive feedback on our interim progress report, which was submitted to the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency in April 2014. The feedback letter highlighted and praised the project’s policy research work and the country workshops that were organised in each of the partner countries. The project team aims to continue in this positive direction before the conclusion of the project in October 2015.

Delegates from Eastern Neighbourhood universities attend ATHENA training seminar

The first ATHENA project training seminar was held at the University of Helsinki, Finland, on 30 April. Around 60 representatives from partner institutions, national rectors’ conferences and public authorities in Armenia, Moldova and Ukraine attended this event, where they learned more about university financial management practices in Europe and in particular Finland.

The objective of the event was to build capacity among these higher education sector staff in Armenia, Moldova and Ukraine to enable them to maximise the benefits that enhanced university autonomy would bring. With this aim in mind, the example of the Finnish higher education system is highly pertinent, as an extensive legislative reform programme was adopted in 2008, thanks to which universities may now manage their finances with greatly increased autonomy.

  • 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