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Hochschule für nachhaltige Entwicklung Eberswalde

Ukrainian German Teaching Network

for a Digital Transformation of Environmental Education

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Digitalisation of the learning and teaching surrounding to meet the expectations and needs of today’s students and lecturers is an effective way to adapt to the circumstances, irrespective of the challenges of crisis phenomena like COVID-19 pandemic or war in Ukraine. New technologies stipulate the implementation of e-initiatives in the learning and teaching practices as well as they become substantive catalysts for the transformation of higher education.
Starting from September 2022 three partner universities ‚Äď Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development (Eberswalde, Germany), National Transport University (Kyiv, Ukraine) and Ukrainian National Forestry University (Lviv, Ukraine) ‚Äď are jointly collaborating on a project which is targeted on the development of sustainable network for digitalisation in higher education. This project is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
The objective of the project is to improve learning and teaching experience at the Ukrainian partner institutions by means of advanced approaches and tools in e-education for existing courses in environmental science degree programmes. The Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development serves as an interface and supports the conceptual design and implementation of high quality digital learning material for selected courses. The concept of the project includes the use of the LMS Moodle at HNEE as well as additional equipment and technical resources available at HNEE’s Digital Learning Lab.
Through this joint approach, Ukrainian lecturers extend and strengthen their distance- and e-learning competences and contribute as multipliers to sustainably securing the teaching and learning opportunities for Ukrainian students.

Duration: 01.09.2022 - 31.12.2022

Main tasks

  • Analyzing and evaluation of needs in digital teaching and learning competences for environmental science degree programmes in Ukraine.

  • Digitalisation and modernisation of selected courses considering European practices and challenges for socio-economic and environmental sustainable development problems in Ukraine based on HNEE expertise. Implementation of training courses at the Ukrainian partner institutions.

  • Expanding professional competencies of Ukrainian lecturers with respect to distance- and e-learning concepts and tools. 

  • Strengthening interdisciplinary and international cooperation between partner institutions.

Key Activities

  • Survey with students and lecturers of Ukrainian universities about their needs in digital teaching and learning competences.
  • Training workshop for Ukrainian lecturers on the topic of digital transformation of educational environmental courses.
  • Digitalisation, pilot introduction, evaluation and adjustment of selected training courses, namely: Adaptive Ecosystem Management, Methods of Environmental Information Processing, Corporate Social Responsibility, Geoecological Informatics.

Our partner universities

National Transport University

The National Transport University (NTU) is a leading higher education institution in the Ukrainian transport sector, founded in 1944. Since 2006 the Department of Ecology and Technologies for Protection of the Environment at the NTU has provided training in the field of ecology and nature protection.

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Since 2020 NTU and EUSD have started a successful cooperation within several projects under the DAAD-funded programme ‚ÄúEast-West Dialogue‚ÄĚ. The Department of Ecology and Technologies for Protection of the Environment has close educational and scientific relations with the biosphere reserves in Ukraine. This is a link-bridge for collaboration between NTU and EUSD. Mobility for academics and students has started in 2022.

‚Ėļ More information about NTU is here

Ukrainian National Forestry University

The Ukrainian National Forestry University (UNFU) is the only university in Ukraine with a forestry profile. It covers the field of ecological economics and matches the areas of research and scholarly activities carried out at the EUSD. The EUSD and UNFU have worked together in an informal capacity building between several faculties since 2011 (e.g. here). First contact between university staff was established during the implementation of different activities of the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management at EUSD in Ukraine.


Since 2016, the partnership was further developed by a joint implementation of several projects within the DAAD-funded programme ‚ÄúEast-West Dialogue‚ÄĚ. Find more on that here. There is currently another joint project running between both universities, which deals with forest management transformation.

Document with information about Internship opportunities: Internship-opportunities-in-UNFU_2020.pdf. Moreover, the establishment of an Erasmus+ partnership on university level provides the basis for regular exchange of staff and students between several faculties since 2016.

Team & Contacts

Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development

Project Lead

Prof. Dr. Jan-Peter Mund

Project Manager

Dr. Evelyn Wallor

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Project Manager

Angela Dichte


Project Coordination

Alan Liftenegger


National Transport University

Project Coordination and Lecturer

Ass.-Prof. Yuliia Nikitchenko



Prof. Dr. Victoria Khrutba

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Ass.-Prof. Yuliia Khrutba

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Ukrainian National Forestry University


Ass.-Prof. Andrii Holovko

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