University Partnership Between
the School of Urban and Public Affairs University of Texas at Arlington and
the Kharkiv State Academy of Municipal Economy
University Partnership Program between the School of Urban and Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) and the Kharkiv State Academy of Municipal Economy (KSAME) has been to build KSAME’s teaching, curriculum and outreach capacity, through the exchange of professors and senior Ph.D. students over a three-year period beginning in the Fall 2000.
The primary goal of our project has been to develop and implement at KSAME state-of-the-art learning and teaching methodologies and knowledge production activities and to build new relationships between key stakeholders of urban and regional economic development in Eastern Ukraine including KSAME, the National V. M. Karazin University, and the Kharkiv branch of the Ukrainian Academy of Public Administration (UAPA).
The partnership has been aimed at achieving five major objectives through the transfer of knowledge and skills:
1) the creation of a resource center, at The Economic Development Research and Management Capability Building Center (EDRMCBC), under the direction of Professor Alexander Kovryga, which offers technical assistance and training directly to local and regional governments, and through our consortium partners, the National V. M. Karazin University and the Kharkiv branch of UAPA, higher education institutions and non-profit organizations and promotes academic research and publication through symposia, journal sponsorship and other forums;
2) creation of a counter-part center at SUPA Center for International Research, Education and Development (CIRED) under the direction of Professor Sherman Wyman to support in-residence education and training and partnership supervision;
3) participation of partner faculty and senior graduate students in academic courses and study tours at SUPA;
4) instruction and curriculum development by SUPA faculty and Ph.D. students.
Third Year Outcomes
During Year III a major effort was made to develop a team at the EDRMCB Center for outreach and training activity and to provide them with the necessary skills and expertise. A number of outreach events were also accomplished to provide the partnership project with visibility and presence in the Kharkiv region and Ukraine.
More specifically, activities included, but were not limited to:
Preparation of conference papers and reports;
Continuing research under the Cooperative Governance Improvement & Technical Assistance Project on the topic of “Improvement of Regional Policy for Development of Institutional Infrastructure & Investment Friendly Business Environment in the Kharkiv Region” (supported by The Network of Institutes of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe (NISPAcee) and The National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA);
Joint partnership actions with SUPA team members who taught at KSAME in Spring 2003;
Preparation and delivery of an International Symposium;
Preparation of special measures and initiatives at the EDRMCB Center to ensure building and growth of an innovative environment, and sustainability through cooperative links with SUPA/UTA.
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