Adherence of Ukraine to European integration requires adoption of successful experience of the European Union in sustainable development, including effective environmental protection. This, in turn, poses new challenges for higher education and policy-makers’ awareness in Ukraine. Being geographically part of Europe, Ukraine still has a hard burden of unsolved economic and environmental problems from the soviet times. And the challenge of the current moment is to change this situation radically. It is important to note, that Ukraine plays an important role in ensuring environmental sustainability in Europe. The Chernobyl catastrophe with its long-term disturbing impacts on ecosystems and public health all over Europe is one of the examples that environmental issues have no borders indeed.
The Proposed Jean Monnet Module will stimulate both Ukrainian university teachers and students in studying and reflection of EU environmental policy and mechanisms of its effective implementation for providing sustainable development of the country. The activities of the Module will equip students and young professionals with knowledge on European experience of preserving, protecting, and rehabilitating the quality of the environment, rationale utilization of national resources, and waste management. Thus, it will be fostering the introduction of the European Union approaches into environmental policy and practices in Ukraine. The multidisciplinary character of the Module will promote European research and teaching experience with regard to environmental policy instruments, eco-innovations, implementation of green recovery measures in the EU. Close collaboration of the Module team with European colleagues through mutual participation in research and teaching activities will promote transfer of first-hand experience and practical knowledge, and prepare local academics and young researchers for independent management of the future European studies.
The Module will have strong impact on the Master’s Students in Environmental Science and in Food Technology at the National University of Food Technologies as one of the target groups through their acquaintance with the modest environmental policy and best practices of member states. The students will be able to evaluate and compare supranational environmental strategies of the EU, experience of individual member states, including new ones, and environmental challenges for Ukraine. The realization of two university courses for Master’s students in term of the project will promote the future young professionals’ understanding of the EU principles and practices of environmental protection, and foster them to conquer in transforming economy of Ukraine. Thus, the Module will contribute into prospects of effective transformation of Ukraine into modern European country.
Two summer schools on the tools, policies and best practices for environmental protection in the EU in term of the Module address to reach the other important target group – policy-makers, industry experts, and representatives of non-government organizations. The participation of all members of the Module team, including experienced European expert, in these activities will promote effective dissemination of European approaches into real sectors of policy and economy of Ukraine. During the summer schools, intensive round tables on European environmental policy and challenges for Ukraine will be run with participation of national policy-makers, industry experts and representatives of NGOs.
The Module will involve young researchers into the European studies. Particularly, we are planning to carry out the research on comparison of environmental policies and effective approaches in environmental protection in member states and Ukraine. This will result in peer reviewed publications of module team under the guidance of Prof. Igor Yakymenko. Further dissemination of the project outcomes among interested experts and the general public will be reached through the running of the Module website and free on-line course.