We are pleased to announce that the CEEMAN International Quality Accreditation was awarded to Kyiv School of Economics!
Kyiv School of Economics (KSE) has been in operation since 1996 and offers programs in economics and management. It has its origins in the Economics Education and Research Consortium (EERC), a US‐based non‐profit organization founded in 1996 with the purpose of setting up a program for economics education and research in Russia and Ukraine. In 2006, the EERC officially founded KSE. The establishment of KSE coincided with the founding of the Kyiv Economics Institute (KEI), a Ukrainian research organization affiliated with the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics Presently, KSE and KEI operate as a fully integrated, independent educational and research institution. KSE is ranked first on the REPEC ranking of economics institutions and it is the only Ukrainian representative in the Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking for Eastern Europe thanks to its MBA program in Economic Analysis.
Applied research is given particular importance and is promoted through different projects. As the Peer Review Team (PRT) for KSE emphasized, the fact that half of the KSE budget originates from such projects points to the relevance of the research that KSE staff conducts. Following the political upheavals in 2014 in particular, KSE’s policy engagement has been significantly strengthened, which reflects in the number of policy papers produced by faculty members, their visibility in media, and participation in donor-funded projects. Overall, faculty demonstrated a good publishing record in the field of economics and management. In addition to that, the gradual growth in MBA faculty, increasing cooperation with other higher education institutions, the focus on establishing stronger relationships with businesses and the fact that KSE plans to open a Testing Center for MBA students where they can work on developing soft skills and competencies point to the fact that KSE is investing a lot in knowledge creation.
Regarding knowledge transfer, all of KSE’s programs are based on case studies of both international businesses as well as local Ukrainian ones; the latter tend to make for even more applicable lessons. The courses are led by instructors with extensive experience in the industry; both as practitioners and consultants. In recent times, particular importance has been given to transferring less quantifiable knowledge on to students such as the development of soft skills and the understanding of concepts related to ethics and how such knowledge can be applied in the academic world and the business environment. The PRT particularly welcomed the practice that KSE regularly conducts interviews with business representatives in order to stay up to date with trends in the business world and make sure its programs and curricula stay relevant.
Concerning the commitment of KSE to responsible practices, the institution has strong relations and extensive interactions with stakeholders; their joint projects tend to focus on bringing about societal development. These activities are upgraded with public events (ranging all the way from workshops at KSE to TV appearances of KSE staff) to bring stakeholders together and raise awareness for issues of this nature throughout society. With the purpose of KSE research and advice from its staff being taken into consideration by government authorities to support reforms in the country, KSE is actively networking with government officials, particularly when it comes to government accountability, the social exclusion of youth as well as the impact of socio-economic changes on children. Furthermore, ethics and social responsibility are part of many courses at KSE and/or featured in the students’ curricula in the form of separate workshops (as mentioned above).
Based on these findings the CEEMAN Accreditation Committee awarded the CEEMAN International Quality Accreditation to Kyiv School of Economics on May 7, 2018.
CEEMAN IQA Director Alenka Braček Lalić visits Kyiv School of Economics
"CEEMAN IQA has provided international acknowledgement that Kyiv School of Economics delivers management education on an excellent level according to internationally recognized quality standards. This will help KSE strengthen its competitive advantage in Ukraine and internationally, and increase its cooperation with highly reputable national and international partners. KSE will be able to reach its goal of becoming the leading academic institution in Ukraine and one of the best schools globally."
- Tymofiy Mylovanov, Honorary President of KSE