Winter session of the Autumn school

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The Winter Session of the Autumn School on Medical Education took place in Kyiv on January 20. Representatives of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, regional Departments of Health, international projects, reformers, medical educators, heads of institutions of higher medical
education and students joined the meeting. The event was organized by the Ukrainian-Swiss project “Medical education development” funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

Honorary speakers emphasized the importance of ensuring the quality of education, building the capacity of higher education institutions and presented the following aspects of medical education:

  • Autonomy of medical university in Ukraine: perspectives and challenges
  • New quality standards for education in Ukraine
  • How the autonomy of the higher education institution is implemented in practice in Ukraine
  • Readiness to change

Petro Ilkiv, Program officer at the Swiss Cooperation Office in Ukraine, said: “Many years ago, I wanted to create a Summer School. And we did it! Dreams come true, this year we will have 4 seasons and Autumn school is devoted to medical education. Why is the Swiss Bureau investing in education? We understand that without medical education, of high quality we cannot talk about health care services of high quality and healthy patients. That is why we are committed to supporting the development of medical education in Ukraine over the next 10 years.”

Sergiy Kvit, Head of the National Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education, said: “The Agency continues to develop a culture of quality assurance in higher education, as well as educational services and research of high quality! We strive to adhere to international standards for quality assurance in higher education and continue to develop the legal framework and move to digitization.”

“Autonomy gives the universities freedom and opportunity to act without the approval of numerous state entities. Thus, it can greatly facilitate development! ” – said Inna Sovsun, Member of the Parliament of Ukraine, Senior Lecturer at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and Kyiv School of Economics.

Oleg Petrenko, Head of the NSAU (2018-2019) commented: “We need to think about how we respond to current challenges. We must all now be ready to transformation and this process is normal. The changes in education – time for which have come – cannot be stopped.”

The Medical Education Development Project team wants medical universities to continue to develop their own autonomy and build capacities, which in turn will lead to higher quality of education and bring it closer to international standards.

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