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Module 3 of the Master of Public Administration Program was held in Kyiv. The program was packed with meetings with public servants as well as with international MPA graduates. It was important for the participants to hear practical advice and tips on public administration education.

On the first and last day of the module, MPA students continued presenting their research findings as part of the course “Introduction to Public Administration and Public Policy” under the guidance of Vira Nanivska, founder of the International Center for Policy Studies and former President of the National Academy of Public Administration. The projects they presented focused primarily on improving government-to-citizen communication as it is an important element of reform implementation.

The first day of the module also featured a meeting with Valeriy Pekar, co-founder of the Civic Platform Nova Krayina (New Country), civic activist, and entrepreneur. He talked about modern management strategies. “Those who don’t have their own project of the future become a resource for those who do. There’s nothing bad about being a resource, but you don’t want to become the wrong one. It’s terrible when others decide who you are,” said Valeriy Pekar in the context of motivation to build a strong country through building a strong inner self.

In the evening the participants met with Oleksiy Khmara, Executive Director of Transparency International Ukraine, in the office of American Councils for International Education, where the UCU’s School of Public Management and Lviv Business School announced the beginning of their cooperation with Transparency International within the framework of an anti-corruption education project funded by the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine.

On November 20, a meeting was held with Frank Brown, Eurasia Program Officer at the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), and his colleagues, which marked the start of cooperation between the UCU’s School of Public Management and CIPE.

After the meeting, MPA students were given a lecture by Ihor Koliushko, Head of the Center for Political and Legal Reforms, entitled “Institutional Organization of Society and Public Authorities”. The discussion revolved around such issues as the rule of law, democracy, decentralization, and the importance of practicing key European values.

In the evening the students of the UCU’s School of Public Management were invited to the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine, where they had a frank conversation with Oksana Makarova, Deputy Finance Minister and Chief of Staff. The focus of the discussion was on the need for coordinated government efforts to reform public finances. Artem Shevalev, Deputy Minister of Finance for European Integration, and Yuriy Blashchuk, advisor to the Minister of Finance for banking, also joined the discussion.


November 21 began with a morning coffee meeting with Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine Aivaras Abromavicius who told the participants about ministerial reorganization, deregulation, management of state-owned enterprises, privatization, export stimulation, and prospects for Ukrainian economy. Later that day, they were invited to MediaHub by Oleh Rybachuk, founder of Center UA NGO, where they discussed their projects and received some advice on their further implementation.

Maksym Nefedov, Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, infected MPA students with his energy and passion. He is convinced that Ukraine stands a chance of having a bright future only providing government positions are filled with competent and dedicated people who are ready to give their utmost to the country. Thus, he encouraged the participants to join the team that is already transforming Ukraine.

Nataliya Bugayova, CEO of the Kyiv Post, advisor to the Minister of Economic Development, and graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, impressed MPA students with her success story. She told them what to focus on in the learning process and how to be more effective in applying the knowledge and skills gained.

The module culminated in a meeting with Vitaliy Shabunin, Chairman of the Board of the Anti-Corruption Action Center and expert of the anti-corruption group within the Reanimation Package of Reforms. The conversation was about a very painful and burning issue in Ukraine – the fight against corruption.

“A brand new public management system in Ukraine must be transparent and easy to understand by everyone” – a brief summary of the three days of discussions, meetings, and conversations. We wish MPA students to stay inspired as well as strength for quick implementation of all the knowledge gained during this module. Looking forward to meeting you in Lviv!


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