• 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


Final ATHENA Training Seminar to take place in Amsterdam

 The final ATHENA Training Seminar will take place on 10 and 11 February 2015 at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. The focus of this seminar will be human resources management and staff development in universities.

The ATHENA analysis highlighted human resources management as a key enabling component of institutional autonomy which should be addressed in priority in partner universities. There are two main challenges facing partners in this regard; the lack of middle management staff with strategic administrative and financial functions and the limited staff development opportunities. Across two days, participants at the seminar will learn about how these staffing challenges are met at the University of Amsterdam, with presentations from senior HR managers and academics.

Participation at this event is restricted to the project partnership and by invitation only. The programme can be viewed here as well as short biographical notes on the speakers.

Bilateral and consortium meetings held to discuss ATHENA progress

On the fringes of the recent ATHENA training seminar at the University of Coimbra and Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra, bilateral meetings were held with each of the national delegations. These were used as an opportunity to discuss the important points arising from recent legislative reform and from the development of the ATHENA Policy Roadmaps.

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Second Training Seminar held in Coimbra on Governance Models

The second ATHENA training seminar took place at the University of Coimbra and the Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra (IPC) in Portugal on 3-4 November 2014. Representatives of the ATHENA consortium partners heard presentations from a range of senior figures in Portuguese higher education, including a rector, former minister and high-profile external board member. The main focus of discussions was governance and autonomy reforms, of which Portuguese universities have extensive experience over the past 40 years.

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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