Event announcement

With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, questions about the relationship between (civil) society and academia have come into focus again. From various sides the expectation is formulated that universities are working internationally, but at the same time become more rooted in the local context, are positioning themselves in (local) societal challenges and contribute to a more sustainable society. But should universities be involved in local development? What can such interaction look like and what role do local authorities play? To which extent could universities engage more vulnerable members of the community and address social inequality?

Representatives of universities in Germany, Poland and Ukraine will speak about these and other issues, as well as their own experience, at a public discussion on the role of universities and student spaces in local development.

The discussion will take place on November, 9 at 17:00 Kyiv time (16:00 CET).


  • Dr. Susann Worschech – Social Scientist at European University Viadrina (Frankfurt/Oder, Germany)
  • Dr. Yulia Kharchuk – Associate Professor, Assistant Rector of the National University "Ostroh Academy" for Educational Management (Ostroh, Ukraine);
  • Dmytro Shevchuk – PhD, Professor, Vice-Rector for Scientific and Pedagogical Work of the National University "Ostroh Academy" for Educational Management;
  • Anna Schmidt-Fiedler – Coordinator of the Science Shop, co-author of the DIALOG project and initiatives supporting the third mission of Adam Mickiewicz University (Poznan, Poland).

This panel discussion will be moderated by Maria Gryshchenko, sociologist, urban researcher.

The event will be held online in English and Ukrainian. A simultaneous translation will be provided.

In order to participate in the event and be able to ask your questions directly, please register at this link.

The deadline for registration is November 8, 18:00 (Kyiv time).We will send all access instructions before the event. A live-stream of the event will be also available on Cedos Facebook page.

The event is organized by Cedos and European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) as a part of the project “Ukraine Calling. Cross-Sectoral Capacity Building” funded by the German Foreign Office within the programme of Civil Society Cooperation.

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