The project "Financial aspects of the European integration projects: summer/winter schools for young researchers and post-graduate students” aims to develop a module for delivering lectures and conducting research devoted to the development and dissemination of the European integration processes on the financial markets. Within this project young researchers and post-graduate students interested in the study of theoretical principles and practical aspects of the integration processes taking place in the European financial environment, are participating in the academic courses organized on the basis of the summer and winter schools.The main objectives of the project:

  • developing and teaching an innovative course on the EU financial integration;
  • improving the financial knowledge among post-graduate students and young researchers on the issues of the European integration;
  • conducting research on the European topics;
  • forming a European outlook to support Ukraine's European aspirations among the trainees;
  • acquiring practical business skills by conducting communication activities with partner universities in the EU countries.

The main result of the school’s activity is the dissemination of educational information about economic processes in the field of European integration among the course participants and organization of research on the issues of the European integration based on the results of summer and winter schools. An important component of the project is the preparation of a monograph devoted to the study of the European integration processes in the financial market.

The proposed Jean Monnet Module is relevant for students and academics who do not automatically come into contact with EU studies but are interested in applying EU interdisciplinary and Europeanisation studies methodology and knowledge in their research. This is the first EU interdisciplinary module course in Ukraine with emphasis on the study of Europeanisation. The proposed Jean Monnet Module will introduce doctoral students and academics to contemporary methodology on EU interdisciplinary and Europeanisation studies and will assist them in incorporating EU studies into their works.The Jean Monnet Module will complement the existing EU studies at the NaUKMA which hosts the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in EU studies and the Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law. Dissemination activities of the Jean Monnet Module will contribute to better implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement in Ukraine.

After the signature of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement and in the light of the current Russian-Ukrainian crisis the public discussions about the EU-Ukraine relations are very acute topic in the Ukrainian society. These discussions can be efficient and lead to the unification of the Ukrainian society under the condition that the general information about the European Union, its legal system and political structure is delivered to the wider audience as well as to the young generation, which in November 2013 clearly made evident its pro-European aspirations and exported the discussion about the European future of Ukraine far beyond the academic podium and narrow expert’s circle.The objective of this project is to establish summer courses on the European Union legal and political system on the constant basis, which would be run by the (Ukraine) with the deep involvement of the universities and HEI’s from the European Union and will be conducted in accordance with the EU standards as with the regard to the content and teaching methods applied.The activities to be performed include the organization and the conduct of the summer courses devoted to different EU-related topics like “EU LAW: Concepts, Origins, Developments” (2015), “EU Neighbourhood Policy: Legal, Political and Economic Aspects” (2016) and “EU and Human Rights” (2017).The target groups for the summer courses are students, PhD students and young professionals willing to deepen their knowledge about the European Union and its legal, political and economic system from Ukraine and all countries of the world.The direct beneficiary of this project is IFNUL, which becomes the opportunity to sharpen its profile as a centre of research and excellence in the EU Law and European integration.Besides the young generation as main addressee of this project, the potential beneficiaries can be addressed the Ukrainian state bodies, local self-government authorities, as well as different professional groups

Sustainable economy as a key element of European area cannot be achieved in a one separate region. It requires common efforts of the whole community on the base of openness to civil society. Considering the mentioned facts project is aimed at direct influence on North (Sumy region), East (Kharkov region), and South (Odessa region) of Ukraine. The project main idea is to develop training courses and e-learning system to improve sustainability of local economies through working with 4 target groups: 1) engineering and computer science university students (Sumy region); 2) economics and environmental studies students (bachelor, master, post graduate) in three regions (Sumy, Odessa, Kharkov); 3) NGO representatives, local authorities, journalists, local entrepreneurs (Sumy region); 4) teachers who teach economics and earth subjects at universities and colleges (Sumy region).Methodology of the programme includes instruments activating participant’s potential through lecturing, workshops, roundtable debates, distance e-learning, Webinars, etc. Programme implementation is based around 4 pillars of education: Learning to Be, Learning to Know, Learning to Do, and Learning to Live TogetherThe main outputs are: developed EU related courses for students (published manuals); developed guides for teachers; developed and started e-learning courses for better dissemination of results; created interuniversity network in EU studies (three regions involved during the life of project); strengthened links with local authorities and mass media related to EU studies, published monograph and textbook.

The development of the economy depends not only on the effective implementation of financial technologies, but also on the ability of people to use them. Therefore, the improvement of financial literacy along with the financial education and protection of the consumers of financial services has been recognized by the Commission of the European Union as an important task of social development. In the conditions of the European integration, the emergence of a wide range of the latest financial products and services on the financial market of Ukraine requires from its citizens an active behavior during their interaction with financial institutions. It means a high level of financial literacy and ability of the consumers of financial services to use the available information in the decision- making processConsidering the goal set by the European Union Commission in relation to the financial literacy: "developing the ability of customers and owners of small businesses to understand the essence of financial products and make qualified informed decisions", the activities of the European studies on financial education contribute to the transfer of the European knowledge and experience of competent financial behavior to different categories of people - students, pupils, secondary school teachers, businessmen. To this end the project envisages to organize and conduct various educational and promotional activities. For information and communication support of the project and ensuring an efficient feedback it is planned to set up a call-center and a web-site of the European studies of financial education with all the necessary teaching, information and practical materials.The expected results of the project include the collaboration of all educational institutions, coordination of the activity of scientists and educators to promote in the society the idea of financial literacy and improvement of financial awareness. In its turn, the development and improvement of financial

The course “The EU’s Subnational Dimension” aims at providing students with better understanding of the EU’s subnational level, immerse in both the theory and advanced EU’s practices and highlight the opportunities for reinforcing the cooperation with the EU by involving more actively subnational actors from Ukraine. It will develop a critically informed perspective on the implications for Ukrainian regions in the context of the relationship with the EU. The course adopts an interdisciplinary approach and is intended to meet both generalist and specialist needs. It will be part of a new MA specialization “European Integration”. The course will help to prepare students for their future professional life, provide them with specific skills and competence and encourage taking into account the EU factor not only on supra or state-, but also on subnational level. The course will serve as a point of reference for other EU-related courses, enrich the didactic offer in EU Studies and promote the interdisciplinary approach. It is designed as a combination of lectures and practical seminars. Throughout the course the emphasis will be put on balancing theoretical material with case study examples. The use of innovative teaching techniques, the introduction of supplementary workshop with aim at aligning students with the requirement of the labour market, the interaction with local NGO’s on civic engagement, the organization of thematic roundtables, the creation of the website and the use of online resources will increase the competiveness of the course and will contribute to the quality of teaching in EU Studies. This will be the first Jean Monnet program in the region. This fact would greatly contribute to the professionalization and will enhance the visibility of EU Studies.One of the results of the project will be the publication of the article in the peer-reviewed English language journal that will help to understand better the EU impact on Ukrainian regions.