Ukraine is supposedly moving closer to the European Union through an association agreement, but it is still far adrift of the standards required to meet European norms. Higher education reforms are needed to tackle everything from bribery to low academic quality and Ph.D. preparation.
Hopes of educational reform now rest on Ukraine signing an association and free-trade agreement with the EU during a summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, on Nov. 28. Additional, part of the agreement mentions reforms of higher education and the standards expected in the Bologna Process, agreements among European nations designed to ensure comparability in educational standards and quality.
New cooperation between Ukraine and the EU presupposes establishing international institutions that include representatives from civil society, with the decisions of such institutions having legal power. Therefore, we may soon see media discussions about the agreement going beyond political and economic issues.