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In the Aurora 2030 project, we will intensify the collaboration with our associate partners:  Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice (Slovakia), V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University (Ukraine), South-West University” Neofit Rilski” (Bulgaria) and University of Tetova (North Macedonia)

The associate partners will be included in various task teams across the project. In addition, two dedicated activities, led by UP, will further Aurora’s work on capacity development support. 

More information on Aurora’s coordinated efforts to support our Ukrainian partners at Karazin University can be found here.  

Task 7.3 – Implementation of Capacity Development Programme in CEE

This Task will focus on upscaling the Aurora Capacity Development Program to a full-fledged and
strategic capacity building scheme through deepened strategic cooperation with four Associated Partner

The Aurora Capacity Development Programme is particularly aimed at reducing disparities between the research-leading and research-emerging countries in Europe by assisting universities in Central- Eastern Europe to develop their institutional capacity for academic excellence and societal relevance.

In the new scheme the specific focus is given to dedicated trainings in the identified strategic priority areas of each partner university as well as reaching out the universities in the Western Balkans.The new scheme will focus on staff training in social entrepreneurship and activities in WP 3 as well as innovative pedagogies from WP4 programme. Moreover, the research and innovation workshops will focus on know-how in WP 5 and bring together early career researchers from Aurora universities with associate partners researchers focusing on doctoral programmes and mentoring. Finally, one major flagship event will be organised to ensure the relevant stakeholders in the associate partners countries to support the institutions involved and their aspirations to build the regional hubs using the Aurora transfer of knowledge and skills.

Task 7.4 – Creation of Karazin University Peace Education HUB 

As a part of Aurora Alliance response to the war in Ukraine, this Task team will work towards building a Peace Education Hub at V.N. Karazin Kharkiv University.

On one hand, it will focus on strengthening Karazin’s co-engagement within the wider community of peace builders internationally, and on the other hand, work towards strengthening Karazin’s institutional capacity for education and training in conflict transformation and peacebuilding and its community outreach in the educational sector of wider Kharkiv region. The creation of Karazin Peace Education Hub will contribute to establishment of a university-based platform dedicated to activities for promotion of peacebuilding, based on peace education programme that consists of promotion of democratic values, human rights, demilitarization, pacifism, and peaceful living.

As such the HUB will act as a regional centre in Ukraine that integrates scientific, educational, cultural and social initiatives of peacebuilding. The hub will be gradually built by implementation of this task team’s combined and complimentary activities that entail the Aurora international conference on the role of higher education institutions in the peace building, as well as series of trainings in peace education for target groups at Karazin University and Kharkiv region, and the joint curriculum development in peace studies for the Karazin students.