MASTER’S (EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL) PROGRAM “MEDIATION” AT CHNU AS A FLEXIBLE INNOVATIVE ADAPTIVE SYSTEM

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The enrollment for the educational programs of the Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University has reached the home stretch. Almost all its principal results are already known. So, the academic community of the university was pleased with the recruitment for bachelor’s educational programs. Despite the almost constant leadership of the Chernivtsi region throughout the entire period of the COVID-19 pandemic and its red color at the decisive stage of the entrance campaign – 2020, for the bachelor’s educational programs of the ChNU entered no less applicants than in a prosperous 2019.

The successful recruitment of students is twice as pleasant – more than 150 people (the largest in ChNU for one educational program!) For the bachelor’s educational program in Law, where additional barriers for applicants were a high minimum score of an applicant – 140 points, as well as the cost of education, significantly increased comparing with the previous year. The main guarantee of this success is the high reputation of the Chernivtsi Law School, which rightfully belongs to the best in Ukraine.

The enrollment for master’s degree programs across the university in 2020 has significantly decreased compared to 2019. A special comprehensive analysis of this phenomenon is still ahead. I will only note that in the overwhelming majority of less successful master’s educational programs, their paradigmatic closeness and non-flexibility are striking, they are not perceived positively in modern society, they are dynamically transformed. This is the fundamental principle of life, about which the Chinese say: “Change, otherwise you will die.”

Among the master’s educational programs of the university there are many, the development of which was not stopped by the challenges of 2020. One of the brightest among them is the university’s master’s educational program in mediation. It is implemented by the university within the framework of the Grant Agreement “Mediation: Training and Society Transformation (MEDIATS)” of the EU ERASMUS +: KA2: CBHE Program, and the direct executor of this program is the project group of the Department of Public Law of the Faculty of Law, leaded by its head, Doctor of Law, Assoc. Prof. Ruslana Havrylyuk.

So, the recruitment for the master’s program on the EPP “Mediation” in 2020, both quantitatively and qualitatively, surpassed the successful recruitment of 2019, as well as cautious expectations given the red-colored Chernivtsi region of the creators of this program through COVID-19. It should be noted the fact that this recruitment at the same time disappointingly frustrated all opponents and ill-wishers of the EPP “Mediation” both within the walls of the university and outside it. If we add to this the still predominantly negative attitude in Ukraine towards mediation as a method of innovative conflict resolution in the interests of both (or more) conflicting parties, then this is an undoubted success.

What did make this success possible?

Its components are many, ranging from the high academic reputation of the ChNU.

However, I reasonably consider it necessary to highlight the main reason for this success. It lies in the fact that the master’s EPP “Mediation” at ChNU is a flexible innovative adaptive system. In other words, it includes a systematic analysis of the conditions for its successful implementation and constant monitoring and urgent solution of problems of its development.

For example, the “bottleneck” of this educational program in 2019 was the small number of budget places – only 4 for those studying for it. This violated the legal requirements of the Grant Agreement “Mediation: Training and Society Transformation (MEDIATS)”. Having thoroughly studied the reasons for this, the project group of the EPP “Mediation” found, within the legal framework of Ukraine, a way to solve the above problem. As a result, 14 budget-funded places were allocated for education at the EPP “Mediation” in 2020.

For applicants in 2019, the master’s degree in mediation included 43 ECTS credits. This did not fully comply with European standards. Due to the deep analytical and large organizational work of the university’s project group on mediation, the master’s sectoral standard was improved, thanks to which the amount of special training in mediation increased to 65 ECTS credits, and the amount of practical training of master mediators – to 30 ECTS credits. In general, the master’s program in mediation has been updated in 2020, compared to 2019, by more than half. The worldview component of the training of master mediators was significantly strengthened. As a result of the measures taken, the EPP “Mediation” began to fully comply with high European standards, and soon the applicants of the Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University were also appreciated, choosing this program to obtain a master’s degree.

Dean of the Faculty of Law,
Doctor of law, professor
Petro Patsurkivskyy

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