Call for Papers: “Higher Education Reform in Post-Maidan Ukraine”

First Online Conference of the Higher Education Reform Cluster

Of the Research Initiative on Democratic Reforms in Ukraine (RIDRU) project

WHEN: October 27-28, 2016

WHERE: You may participate in this conference online from a location of your choice or join in discussions at Video-conference centres.  Precise locations TBA.

ABOUT RIDRU: RIDRU is supported by the Kule Institute of Advanced Studies (KIAS) and various international partners and explores three dimensions of the ongoing democratic reform of the government of Ukraine: good governance and the rule of law, post-secondary education reform and nationalities, culture and language policies (see details at: )

CONFERENCE: “Higher Education Reform in Post-Maidan” is the first online conference of the RIDRU project that aims to bring together researchers in the field of higher education reform since the 2014 Maidan Revolution. You are cordially invited to participate in this online polylogue, share your ideas and views on the current issues in Ukraine and potentially influence the decision making of the political leadership of the country.

We invite abstracts of 300 words on the topics that include but are not limited to:

  • Social, political and economic influences on post secondary education reform in Ukraine
  • Reforms in graduate student education
  • Higher education reform in Ukraine – views of faculty and students
  • Post secondary education reform in Ukraine – progress and obstacles
  • Inclusion in higher education in Ukraine

We seek individual presentations from scholars and graduate students whose research is closely related to the topics outlined above. All submissions will be peer-reviewed and the authors will be notified about the acceptance of their proposals.


All individual presentation proposals will be accepted and reviewed and successful applicants will be advised by July 1, 2016.  Presenters will have 15 minutes to present. Discussion will take place at the end of 3-4 presentations.

Proposal submissions should include:

  1. Name, affiliation and contact information of presenter(s)
  2. 300-word abstract
  3. Theme to which the presentation is related
  4. Brief academic biography of the speaker (in a paragraph format of no more than 50 words)
  5. City/centre from which the presentation will be delivered


Please submit your proposals and/or conference-related inquiries to Dr. Olenka Bilash, the program committee chair at no later than June 1, 2016.


There is no registration procedure and no registration fees for this online conference and all sessions will be archived for public access within two months of the conference.  Facebook and twitter will be active during the conference for commentary from participants around the world.

 Important Dates:

Deadline for submissions: June 1, 2016

Notifications about proposals acceptance sent out: July 1, 2016

Conference: October 25, 2016


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