• 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


Summary of ATHENA national autonomy analyses available online

Interim findings of the ATHENA project analysis of the state of university autonomy in Armenia, Moldova and Ukraine can be consulted online. These analytical slides were presented to delegates at the three ATHENA country workshops, and outline the performance of each system with respect to the four dimensions of autonomy addressed in EUA’s autonomy scorecard methodology. The slides also show these systems’ rankings in a Europe-wide context.

This analysis will be further developed and explained in the national Policy Roadmaps, which will also highlight the steps required to bring about greater university autonomy.


Armenian university leaders discuss priorities for autonomy reform at ATHENA Workshop

The ATHENA project held its final Country Workshop on 6 March 2014 at Yerevan State University in Armenia. Those in attendance heard the conclusions of EUA policy analysis of the Armenian higher education system, as well as presentations from a range of international experts. Armenian stakeholders also had the opportunity to give their perspectives on the national reform process and the ways in which greater autonomy could be achieved.

The  event follows similar events in 2013 in Moldova and Ukraine, attracted over 100 national delegates, including the Deputy Minister for Education and Science, other government officials, university leaders, academic staff, representatives of civil society organizations and students. It was co-organised by EUA and the Armenian project partners. All presentations are available on the event page on the EUA website.

First ATHENA Training Seminar to be held in Helsinki

On 30 April 2014, the first Training Seminar as part of the ATHENA project will be held at the University of Helsinki, Finland. At the event we will welcome delegates from our partner universities, ministries of higher education and the national rectors’ conferences in Armenia, Moldova, and Ukraine, alongside representatives from our host partner universities, the University of Helsinki and Haaga‐Helia University of Applied Sciences.

The aim of the event is building capacity by disseminating examples of good practice in the field of financial management. Practitioners from our two host partner universities will present their experiences in this field, with the aim of enabling delegates from Armenia, Moldova and Ukraine to promote good financial management in their own institutions. The preliminary event programme can be found here.

  • 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