Rinat Akhmetov Foundation for Development of Ukraine and the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy Launch New Project

On 5 October 2011, Rinat Akhmetov Foundation for Development of Ukraine and the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy announced a new educational project Digital Media at Universities. The objective is to implement global standards of journalist training in Ukrainian universities so that Ukrainian students could gain the education like in the Western countries.

During the year ten teachers from five universities of Ukraine, chosen by the special committee, will learn how to teach digital media. The curriculum of Kiev, Lvov, Zaporozhye, Simferopol and Cherkassy universities will include this course as soon as in the academic year 2012-2013. The project launch ceremony and signing the Memorandum on cooperation between Foundation for Development of Ukraine, the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy and the universities took place on 5 October  at the Congregational Hall of NaUKMA.

Anatoly Zabolotny, Director of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation for Development of Ukraine: “When a few years ago we only were choosing what to do with education, we decided to go into the social sphere. We have been considering teachers, journalists, doctors … Those who are of essential importance for the country in the social sphere. We have chosen journalists. As the first step we tried to understand what will happen in this area, how to bring the future now. We decided to focus on things that will come in 5-10 years. If we want to influence the situation systematically, then you need to work with universities. I congratulate the schools that have won the contest. This will accelerate the development and will lead long-term results in the whole country. “

Sergei Kvit, the President of NaUKMA: “I am sure that this third project by Rinat Akhmetov Foundation Development of Ukraine  in the field of journalism will be as successful as the previous ones ( Digital Future of Journalism, Doctorate Program. I must say that in Europe there are no educational projects on new media like this, not sure about USA.  And this project implemented by Foundation and the School of Journalism is unique for Europe”. 

Evgeniy Fedchenko , Director of the Kyiv  Mohyla School of Journalism: “This is an extraordinary event for a future of Ukrainian journalism.  This is an unprecedented project in the cooperation between universities, and it is very difficult to name other projects, which would involve more universities to address teaching issues. This year our school celebrates 10 years since its founding, five years out of them we have been working with our partner – Foundation for Development of Ukraine. We are grateful for that fact that 5 years ago they came up with the idea that the journalism in the Ukraine can and should be changed. Then we’ve been considering the best ways to do it. They brought the idea of journalism education – to start working with digital media, the Internet, with technology, to consider how all this can change journalism in Ukraine, and how this influences the world of journalism“.

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