Assistance to youth social initiatives in Kharkiv

UPSHIFT Ukraine, a project of UNICEF’s global innovative program supported by the European Union started in Kharkiv in early August. According to the project’s local partner, Foundation for Professional Development of Kharkiv, this project is aimed at helping the youth not only prove themselves and change their social status but also solve a particular problem in their community. We discussed this project with Maryna Ladyzhenska, the head of project in Kharkiv. Read more

Why farmland moratorium cancellation is inevitable

Today, there are few among politicians, economists and experts who would deny that the most important step for rural development and land reform is the opening of the agricultural land market and that this step is inevitable. Despite the approaching of election campaigns, there are reasons to hope that it will be this Parliament that goes down in history as the one that has adopted the law on the circulation of agricultural land, i.e. it has introduced about 40 million hectares to the full economic circulation, restored the constitutional rights of 6.9 million citizens being the owners of shares and restored economic growth in the countryside. Read more

What is Horizon 2020, and how to get a EUR 50,000 grant for development of your project?

Ihor Arkhypenko, Head of Projects and Programs at Kyiv IT Cluster and application evaluation expert for Horizon 2020, speaks about what Horizon 2020 is, what the program’s benefits are and how to file a grant application the right way. In 2018, applications are accepted until 7 November, so if you’re looking for an investment, you should check out this grant option. Read more

EU financing mine clearance in Donbas

I found a tripwire grenade at Ozerne in the Lyman Raion, near the popular beach called Varadero. Of course, working as a deminer, I have already found other unexploded ordnance as well, but that particular one has struck me. It was on the beach where I loved to spend time with my family. Next are the places where I was often fishing. And suddenly, I saw everything in a totally different light. Instead of bringing fond and pleasant memories, that place began to emanate mortal danger. That was when I came to realize that becoming a deminer paid itself off… Read more

How Ukrainian student earned 4 western university diplomas in 2 years under Erasmus+ programme

Oleksandr Ivanov joined Erasmus program in 2013, and a two-year master’s program at four European and American universities paved the way toward not only the quality knowledge in a new field – system analysis – but also helped him visit unforgettable places and see how diverse the world can be even within the single border; and also, realize that interesting acquaintances often go beyond a mere list of contacts and find their continuation in joint international projects and initiatives. And as it turns out, understanding each other despite the language barrier is much easier when you reserve the right to a mistake.

Oleksandr told us which students most often decide to stay in Europe and who goes back home, how he saw Ukraine after two years of absence, and how he now helps prospective students improve their chances to enroll. Read more