Norwegian-Ukrainian cooperation in Public Sector Economy Education: Accounting, Budgeting and Finance (NUPSEE)

Recently established dual Master program proves that studying public sector economy is trendy. It combines unique experiences from European countries allowing to focus on the developments of public sector in a particular country or to apply the comparative international perspective.


About

The program

For those students, who are still wondering about their future carrier (entrepreneur, civil servant, project manager of public-private projects) this program becomes a perfect solution.

A combination of courses allows students to set the solid base of general business and economy knowledge during the start of the Master program. The specialized subjects will be introduced afterwards with a great variety of selective courses, which gives students the freedom to choose the most interesting topics.

Another opportunity, which opens new horizons for the students, is a semester exchange in the capital of Ukraine, the city of Kyiv. Nord University Business School has established the links with the Economic Faculty of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (http://econom.univ.kiev.ua/en/). The university is in the top list of the national higher institutions and has promising positions in international rankings (https://www.topuniversities.com/universities/taras-shevchenko-national-university-kyiv).

Should I travel to Ukraine? Of course you should. Geographically Ukraine is located in the centre of Europe. It captures beautiful nature, the rhythm of big cities, ancient cultural heritage and welcoming open minded people. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZMMJo7jOTQ).

After completing the dual program students will be issued with 2 Master Diplomas from Nord University and Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, increasing the competitive advantage of the graduates in the international labour market. In order to facilitate the travelling of Ukrainian students to Norway, the participants are granted with financial support. The latter includes covered living costs and a scholarship. Norwegian students are also encouraged to take an exchange semester in Ukraine by the Erasmus+ funding. 

The project

In the beginning of 2016 Nord University Business School was granted with funding from The Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education (DIKU) (https://www.diku.no/) in order to strengthen the education and research cooperation between Norway (represented by Nord University Business School), Norwegian organisations (NUCC, http://nucc.no/) international academic institutions and networks (e.g. CIGAR network: http://cigar-network.net/) and Ukraine (Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv).

The background of Norwegian-Ukrainian academic cooperation lasts for more than 7 years and in 2014 Nord University Business School has established cooperation with 13 Ukrainian universities by signing an agreement with members of the Norwegian-Ukrainian University Alliance (NUUA). Therefore, another strategic target of this project is to gain synergies and strengthen the regional collaboration in the field of Public Sector Economy Education between an Alliance of higher educational institutions in Ukraine. 

The main project’s goals are: 
1) To increase mobility of students and faculty in both directions between Norway and Ukraine; 
2) To improve the research-based approach to education by intensifying the joint research as well as joint education of young PhD researchers;
3) To improve links and academic cooperation between universities, national and international public sector stakeholders in terms of securing relevance of education and research activities for the faster integration of Ukraine into the European community.


Application requirements and procedure

For students in Ukraine

Admission requirements - semester package.pdf

Admission requirements - double degree.pdf

For students in Norway

Will be updated shortly


The faculty

Academic stuff involved into the lectures for NUPSEE:

Name Email Affiliation
Anatoli Bourmistrov anatoli.bourmistrov@nord.no  Nord University Business School
Giuseppe Grossi giuseppe.grossi@nord.no Nord University Business School
Mark Christensen b00703599@essec.edu  ESSEC, Singapore
Konstantin Timochenko konstantin.y.timochenko@nord.no Nord University Business School
Levi Gårseth-Nesbakk
levi.garseth-nesbakk@nord.no Nord University Business School
Olov Olson
olov.olson@handels.gu.se   University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Additionally invited lecturers
Jan Mouritsen jm.om@cbs.dk  Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
​Toomas Haldmatoomas.haldma@ut.ee  ​University of Tartu, Estonia
Anders Hersinger anders.hersinger@ltu.se Luleå Technical University, Sweden
Katarina Kaarboe katarina.kaarboe@nhh.no Norwegian School of Economics, Norway
Irina Roddvik irina.roddvik@telenor.com  Nord University Business School 
Roman Vakulchuk rva@nupi.no Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Norway

Publications         

The topics of master theses written by students graduated in 2019 are listed below and are available online.

Anzhelika Biletska 
Peculiarities of spreading of public-private partnerships in a developing country -the case of Ukraine

Olena Danylenko


Bohdan Dorosh


Roman Dudnyk


Oleksiy Kondratenko


Yaroslava Kryvoruchko
Governmental debt management in Ukraine (not currently available online)

Olga Kuchevska

Hlib Polianovskyi

Oleksandra Tymoshenko
IPSAS implementation in the Ukrainian public sector (not currently available online)


MSc


​1st semester
​2nd semester
​3rd semester
4th semester
​30 ECTS
​30 ECTS
​30 ECTS
​30 ECTS
​Courses in Bodø/Kyiv

​Courses in Bodø
​Courses in Kyiv
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Master thesis

(in cooperation with public sector organizations in Norway and/or Ukraine)

Is handled in Bodø​
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​Exchange semesters
VT308E Theory of Science and methodology (7,5 ECTS)
ECO5002 Performance Measurement in the Public Sector (7,5 ECTS)
​Globalization and National Financial Systems (7,5 ECTS)

​EK342E Valuation and Profitability Analysis (7,5 ECTS)

ECO5003 Public Accounting and Financial Reporting according to IPSAS (7,5 ECTS)
​Elective (7,5 ECTS)
​Alternative Investments and Public-Private Partnerships (PPP's)
Portfolio Management​
ORG5000 Innovation and Change Processes (7,5 ECTS)
ECO5015 Risk Management and Internal Control (7,5 ECTS)
Elective (7,5 ECTS)​
​Risk Management
​Public Finance

ECO5004 Strategic Analysis (7,5 ECTS)

EN313E International Governance and Business in the High North (7,5 ECTS)

​Elective (7,5 ECTS)
Modernization of the Public Finance System in Trasitional Eonomies/Economies under Reforms
​Local Government Financial Management

Click here for more information about the 2nd semester in Bodø, Norway.

Thesis guide
You may find the guide for the master thesis here: MOPP_Guide_2020.pdf.
The purpose of the guide is to convey crucial information to help students with choosing a topic for their master thesis (MOPP), the writing process, and smooth and efficient completion of the final reporting. 

NEWS


2020

Online defense on master theses 

On May 25, 2020, facing the contains of corona-times, an online defense of master theses of Ukrainian students from double degree program was conducted via video-conferencing platform Zoom. 

This year two very interesting topics were presented, one focusing on governmental financial control and public sector audit in Ukraine, and the other on reform of Ukrainian public healthcare system financing. The evaluation committee included external examiner Massimo Sargiacomo, Professor of Accounting at University G.d’Annunzio of Chieti, Italy, and internal examiner Anatoli Bourmistrov, Professor of Accounting at Nord University Business School.

Both theses received were evaluated as profound studies of relevant public sector developments in Ukraine. 





DIKU about the project

In connection to the 10-years anniversary of Eurasia program, the Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education (DIKU) disseminates positive experiences of financed projects. NUPSEE was selected to share its successful story. 

See more information and photos on DIKU’s facebook page




2019


Business Practice in Norway 2019

The course Business Practice in Norway took place in Bodø from the 4th to the 10th of August 2019. A total of 16 Ukrainian bachelor students from three Ukrainian partner institutions visited Bodø. The students came from Kyiv (Taras Shevchenko National University in Kyiv), Chernivtsi (Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University), and Mykolaiv (Petro Mohyla Black Sea University).

During the week in Norway, the students got a first-hand experience of Norwegian management and business practices, as well as theoretical understanding of management frameworks employed in Norwegian organizations.

Through our close cooperation with local organizations, the students visited the National Aviation Museum in Bodø, Meløy Utvikling and Glomfjord Industrial Park (including companies Yara Glomfjord, Bilfinger, Industrivisualisering), the County Council of Nordland and the distribution terminal of the Norwegian Postal Services in Bodø.

The theoretical lectures at Nord University were provided by researcher Andrey Mineev, professor Anatoli Bourmistrov of the Nord University Business School, as well as Irina Roddvik, associate professor of the University of South-Eastern Norway. At the end of the week, the students employed relevant theoretical frameworks and presented their solutions to their assigned tasks from the companies in the form of a presentation and a written report. Upon completion, the students were awarded 7,5 ECTS.

Finally, during their free time, Nord University also organized a social and cultural program for the students in form of a city excursion to Bodø, trip to Svartisen glacier, and hike to Keiservarden mountain. Along with the studies, such social and cultural programs proved to be an important building block for mutual understanding and cooperation spirit for the participants of the course. 


 Business Practice in Ukraine 2019

In the end of September 2019, a group of 5 Norwegian master students from Management Control specialisation participated at one week Business Practice trip. This trip was organized for the 4th time in Kyiv during 21-28 September.

During their trip the students got opportunity to extend their understanding of how business operates in Eastern Europe. They visited local businesses, which represented various sectors of the Ukrainian economy, namely:  jewelry factory, crafted beef brewery and apple garden, as well as public organizations and NGOs, which play important role in re-building Ukrainian public sector. Importantly, students were warmly welcomed by Norwegian companies that run business in Ukraine: Itera and Egersund Seafood. In addition, the group of Norwegian and Ukrainian students visited the Royal Embassy of Norway. During the reception, Ambassador Ole T. Horpestad introduced students into current political situation in Ukraine and on international arena.

As a result of the trip, the report collecting students' diaries from the trip will be published.

 

Graduation of the first group of Ukrainian students in Kyiv 

27.09.2019

 On September 27, 2019, at the Red (main) Building of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, the first group of 9 Ukrainian students received their diplomas from Nord University Business School. The official ceremony was led by Volodymyr Bugrov, Dr., Prof., Vice Rector for education, who spoke about importance of this double program for Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Among present on the ceremony were representatives from partner institutions, namely Anzhela Ignatiuyk (Dean of the Faculty of Economics) and Igor Lyutyy (project coordinator) from KNU, Anatoli Bourmistrov (project coordinator) and Veronika Vakulenko (project assistant) from Nord University and other participants of the project, who actively contributed to the development of double degree program.

After official speeches, the students received diplomas from Nord University Business School, thus becoming officially recognized international specialists in the field of Public Sector Economy. Congratulations!



Variety of research topics for master theses

Master students applying for the program can choose from a wide spectrum of research topics in the field of public budgeting, accounting, and financial management in the context of public or public-private entities (e.g., territorial government entities, universities, healthcare institutions, state-owned enterprises, public and private partnerships, NGOs, and many others).

The topics of master theses written by students graduated in 2019 are listed below and are available online. Enjoy reading!

Anzhelika Biletska 
Peculiarities of spreading of public-private partnerships in a developing country -the case of Ukraine

Olena Danylenko


Bohdan Dorosh


Roman Dudnyk


Oleksiy Kondratenko


Yaroslava Kryvoruchko
Governmental debt management in Ukraine (not currently available online)

Olga Kuchevska

Hlib Polianovskyi

Oleksandra Tymoshenko
IPSAS implementation in the Ukrainian public sector (not currently available online)


Best master thesis award

Each year graduates of MSc programs at Nord University Business School participate in a competition for the best master thesis award. However, for the first time in 2019 Ukrainian students got this opportunity to compete as well.  

In 2019 the following categories were formed, for each 2-3 students were nominated:

- Public sector
- Research with particular relevance for the business community
- Energy / internationalization
- The overall business community
- Tourism
- Banking and finance

We are delighted to share that Bogdan Dorosh, a graduate of MSc in Public sector economy, won in Public Sector category. Bogdan was awarded a certificate of 10,000 NOK for his master thesis titled "The role of control in shaping dialogue in participatory budgeting: case study of the city of Kyiv".




Presentation of Master Thesis

On 4th of June, 2019, 9 Ukrainian master students, the first group enrolled for the double degree program in MSc in Public Sector Economy, presented the results of their master theses in Kyiv. The outlined topics of the master theses touched numerous issues in the context of Ukrainian and Norwegian public sector: pension system, debt management, public procurement, participatory budgeting, public-private partnerships, state financing of energy sector, implementation of IPSAS, financing of higher educational institutions and effects on amalgamation. 

The evaluation committee included Ukrainian, Norwegian and international scholars, who graded students' written theses and oral presentations.

After completing the grading process, the results were announced and students were congratulated with their achievements and preliminary diplomas from Nord University Business School were handled. 
Presentation of Master Thesis

On 4th of June, 2019, 9 Ukrainian master students, the first group enrolled for the double degree program in MSc in Public Sector Economy, presented the results of their master theses in Kyiv. The outlined topics of the master theses touched numerous issues in the context of Ukrainian and Norwegian public sector: pension system, debt management, public procurement, participatory budgeting, public-private partnerships, state financing of energy sector, implementation of IPSAS, financing of higher educational institutions and effects on amalgamation. 

The evaluation committee included Ukrainian, Norwegian and international scholars, who graded students' written theses and oral presentations.

After completing the grading process, the results were announced and students were congratulated with their achievements and preliminary diplomas from Nord University Business School were handled. 




Anti-corruption seminar

On 3rd June, 2019, a guest lecture by Massimo Sargiacomo, professor at University G.d'Annunzio of Chieti, Italy was held at the Faculty of Economics of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. The title of the lecture was "Accounting and the fight against corruption". Given the growing number of cases and scandals related to various aspects of financial mismanagement and money laundering, this topic is currently becoming more and more relevant for Ukraine during its fight against corruption and strive to improve public sector transparency. 


Opening of the Ukrainian-Norwegian Center

On 23rd May 2019, the partner institutions: Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, the Faculty of Economics, Department of Finance (further – KNU), Nord University Business School, Department of Economic Analysis and Accounting (further – NU) and the High North Center for Business and Governance (further – NOS) have established a Research Center. Its full name is the Ukrainian-Norwegian Center for International Education and Research in the Area of Public Sector Economy will be operated on the premises of the Faculty of Economics.

The Center was officially opened by Ole T. Horpestad, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Norway to Ukraine and Oleksandr Rozko, Vice Rector for Research, KNU (see photo). 

During the opening, the Memorandum between Nord University and Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv was signed by Oleksandr Rozko (Vice Rector for Research, KNU), Anzhela Ignatiuyk (Dean of the Faculty of Economics, KNU), Frode Mellemvik (Director of NOS), and Anatoli Bourmistrov (Head of Department of Economic Analysis and Accounting, NU). The document stated the main tasks of the Center, such as dissemination activities related to NUPSEE project and experience-sharing among the members of Norwegian-Ukrainian University Alliance (NUUA) and continuation of harmonization of Ukrainian educational programs. Good luck to the newly established Center!





Forum Kyiv
21 - 24 May 2019

During 21-24 May 2019, the Faculty of Economics of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv hosted the EFBM 2019 International Forum: Economics ∙ Finance ∙ Business ∙ Management. Titled as "Global Economic Challenges and Opportunities of the Digital Age", this event aimed at providing scholars and practitioners with a platform for communicating and sharing knowledge, ideas, and practical recommendations to tackle the critical issues of global and national economies. 

Among Norwegian colleagues, who held their speeches during the Forum, were: Frode Mellemvik, Anatoli Bourmistrov, Veronika Vakulenko, Olga Iermolenko, Elena Dybtsyna, Roman Vakulchuk and Chamara Kuruppu. The issues of public sector accounting, budgeting and finance gathered both Ukrainian and Norwegian colleagues in a section "World trends and prospects for the development of the Ukrainian financial system". Such issues as public finance in the conditions of globalization of national economies and local diversities of financial management practices were vividly discussed. 

Importantly, all the participants of the section were invited to submit their final manuscripts to the Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management. The editor-in-chief of the journal, Giuseppe Grossi (Professor of Accounting at Nord University Business School) confirmed that there is currently significant academic interest in papers dealing with the issues presented. 




2018


Business practice in Ukraine 2018

As a good tradition, the group of Master students from Nord University Business School commenced their trip to Ukraine on Sunday. The trip took place between 23 September and 30 September 2018 and total of 10 students participated in the program. All of them were in their second year of the Master of Business programme and belonged to either to Management control or International Business specializations.

This trip was a good combination of academic and social activities. Students developed their understanding of the Ukrainian context of doing business by visiting companies in different spheres: IT, agriculture, international trade, fisheries, and pharmacology. The students had a chance to know better the national reform strategies and about development of Norwegian-Ukrainian educational cooperation. At the same time, students learned more about the history of Ukraine and became acquainted with its spiritual heritage, traditions, national life and cuisine."




Workshop "Modernization, Westernization, and Democratization of Public Financial Management"
6-8 June 2018

The three-day workshop at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine, aimed at discussing and developing ideas for the modernization, westernization, and democratization of public financial management in developing countries. More than 60 academics, PhD students, policy-makers, politicians and other stakeholders from various countries (Norway, Ukraine, USA, UK, Italy, Estonia, Romania, Russia, Poland, Japan and others) come together to increase their knowledge and to discuss the future of Public Financial Management in developing countries. 

The workshop started with a PhD seminar on the 6th of June, where young researchers could present their research ideas and receive valuable comments from the faculty. The following conference days were framed around several sub-themes which included, but were not limited to:

Public Sector Accounting and Budgeting
Modernization of Public Financial Management
Public Sector Management Reforms
Among key note speakers were such famous scholars as: Stephen A. Zeff, Keith Anderson Professor of Accounting (Rice University, USA), Shahzad Uddin, Professor of Accounting (Essex Business School, UK), Massimo Sargiacomo, Professor of Accounting (University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy), as well as practitioners: Dmitri Gourfinkel, Senior Financial Management Specialist (The World Bank), Einar Gørrissen, Director General (INTOSAI Development Initiative) and Vitalii Batkovskyi, Deputy Director – Head of Division of Statistics and Reporting Department (National Bank of Ukraine). 

The Workshop was followed by a Special Issue of Journal of Accounting in Emerging Economies and Special Track of Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management with a deadline for submitting papers before October 31, 2018.

The workshop was financially supported by the projects of cooperation between Nord University and Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv: Norwegian-Ukrainian Public Sector Economy Education: accounting, budgeting and finance (NUPSEE) and Norwegian-Ukrainian cooperation in a field of Public sector accounting, budgeting and finance Research Education (NUPRE).



Business practice in Norway 2018

Business practice in Norway, as usual, took place in the Nord University Business School during the first week of August. The course aimed to demonstrate how theoretical principals of management are implemented in practice in Norway.

This year program was tailored into two courses that suggested participation on the master and for the first time on bachelor level. The offer of the bachelor level course aimed to promote a joint Master of Science degree among Ukrainian students. Such a change widened course geography: this year students from three partner universities in Ukraine – Kyiv (Taras Shevchenko National University in Kyiv), Chernivtsi (Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University), and Mykolaiv (Petro Mohyla Black Sea University) - were admitted to the week-long program.

A theoretical session at Nord university about Norwegian economy restructuring (by Nhien Nguyen), Business Index North, management control, new public management and performance management gave students a firm background to explore Norwegian business from practice. During a visit to Nordland county council, students got an understanding of council's tasks and master plan of county's development (by Stig Olsen and Geir Davidsen) along with budgeting nuances on a regional level (by Karin Bjune Sveen). Meløy utvikling together with Glomfjord industripark showed an example of successful implementation of the municipal restructuring program, while Nordland Aviation museum and IRIS Salten gave insights how public services are organized in Norway.

After lecture attendance and companies visit, students presented the results of own work during the course in two different form – as a written report with a focus on theoretical material and a group presentation of the assigned cases from visited companies.




Opening Seminar, Spring semester 2018

On January 16th, 2018 the January seminar was traditionally conducted in connection to the start of a spring semester. It has also symbolized the opening of the NUPSEE program in Business School at Nord University. 

24 Ukrainian students, who have arrived to Bodø for a spring semester, attended the seminar. The key topic was "Public sector reforms – global challenges and local opportunities". The guest lecturers with a rich background were invited to hold a lecture, namely: Sonja Alice Steen, Nordland county major, Einar Gørrisen, Director General at INTOSAI Development Initiative, Dörthe Koerner, Senior Adviser at Brønnøysund Register Centre and Viktor Artemenko, Advocacy Manager at Reanimation Package of Reforms (RPR).

2017


Business practice in Norway 2017

Similar to the last year, the short-term Master course "Business Practice in Norway" in 2017 gathered Ukrainian Master students in Management and Business and Russian MBA students. This year around 30 participants attended the course.

Aiming to provide the smart balance of theoretical material and practical knowledge, during 31st of July until the 5th of August, the students were acquainted with Norwegian context of doing business. This year the organizers from Nord University integrated a new study module "Practices of public sector management" organized in cooperation with Senior Adviser Finance and Control at Department of Economic Development of Nordland county, Torbjørn Trane Jensen. The group of students was hosted at the Nordland county building, where they heard an introduction to Nordland County Council from Stig Olsen (Director of Staff); Bjørg Helene Jenssen (Director of Culture, Environment and Public Health) about leadership in a politically controlled organization; Eirik Ellingsen (Adviser)on Research and development in Nordland. In addition, the program included a visit to Salmon center (http://www.salmoncenter.info/Bodo/), Pelagia Sildoljefabrikk, Post Norway and Glomfjord Industripark (in cooperation with a long-lasting partner Anastasia Rabushkina and her colleagues). 

The academic part of the course required students to attended lectures at Nord University. The topics of the lectures related to the internationalization aspects of conducting business, challenges of supply chain management, introduction to the Business Index North, entrepreneurial masterclass and basics of New Public Management concepts. 

In the end of the course, the students have submitted the individual reports and presented the solutions for the cases assigned to the groups of the students.


CIGAR conference and NUPSEE internal seminar, Porto, Portugal

By seeking synergies in all project activities, right prior to the bi-annual CIGAR conference, the team of Norwegian and Ukrainian researchers from Nord University and Taras Shevchenko national university of Kyiv held several productive meetings related to the NUPSEE activities. 

On the 6th of June, the project team, consisting of 11 participants, met to discuss organizational questions related to the project: approved courses in Kyiv (syllabus, literature, examinations) and courses in Bodø (electives, guest lectures, literature) for the dual Master program. In addition, the participants planned the future events, namely: involve students to present their ideas for the Master thesis during the trip to Kyiv (on the 28th of September during a separate session and with professor’s comments); dividing the final responsibilities for the glossary and development of the joint textbook basing on the first draft presented on the next day. 

Following the plan, the 7th of June was dedicated to the presentation of the first drafts of joint papers of Norwegian and Ukrainian researchers. The topics of the papers included but were not limited to the issues of accounting and State Environmental Spending in Ukraine, the usefulness of accounting information during the public sector accounting reform, particularities of use of international financial reporting standard (IFRS 9) in Ukraine and more. Professor Giuseppe Grossi, Kristianstad University in Sweden, and professor, Mark Christensen, ESSEC Business School in Singapore, were diving comments to the presenters, supporting the rich discussions. 

During the next days, 8th and 9th of June, the members of the project team participated in the CIGAR conference. These days were particularly productive since several papers of Ukrainian researchers were presented during the sessions as well as Norwegian and Ukrainian participants were actively networking and established good contacts with other European scholars.






NUUA Symposium in Lviv, Ukraine

On 21-24 May 2017 the Symposium "Norwegian-Ukrainian cooperation: education, research and business" took place in Lviv, Ukraine and was hosted by National University "Lviv Polytechnic". The Symposium was jointly organized by the Nord University (Norway) and the International Foundation for Social Adaptation (Ukraine) by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Norway. This event has united members of the Norwegian-Ukrainian University Alliance (NUUA). 

Among the participants of the Symposium were: Ambassador of Norway in Ukraine, the representatives from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine, Nord University, members of NUUA, Norwegian-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce, The Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities and other partners.



2016


NUBF in Oslo, Norway

The Norwegian-Ukrainian business forum was held at the Norwegian School of Business Nydalen on the October 18th, 2016. The President of Ukraine P. Poroshenko, the Prime Minister of Norway E. Solberg and other important guests have attended this event. The main purpose of the NUBF was to discuss the effectiveness of the political reforms taking place in Ukraine, to analyse current economic situation, to attract potential investors and to find ways for strengthening business climate in Ukraine. 

The Norwegian-Ukrainian cooperation in education was also a part of the agenda. The Cooperation Agreement was renewed and signed by Mr. Bjørn Olsen (Rector of Nord University, Bodø, Norway) and Vice-Rector Mr. Petro Bekh (Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine). The agreement entails that the partner universities cooperate in establishing dual Master program in public finance. 

More info can be found at: http://nucc.no/events/norwegian-ukrainian-business-forum-2016/ 

  


Business Practice in Ukraine 2016, Kyiv, Ukraine

During the period of September 27 - October 3, 2016, the Department of Finance of the Faculty of Economics of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv hosted a group of students from the Nord University Business School (Bodø, Norway) as participants of short-term study trip “Management Control in Ukrainian Business Environment”. This activity is implemented within the of cooperation framework between the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and Nord University.

During the Business Practice program, students had an opportunity to visit enterprises which represented various sectors of the Ukrainian economy (Antonov, Obolon, building hypermarket Epicenter, Nova Poshta) as well as Norwegian companies, which conduct business in Ukraine (Itera, Egersund Seafood). The participants had a chance to get acquainted with the history of the enterprise development, management system, organization of marketing activities and personnel management, main achievements and operation of enterprises in the turbulent business environment of Ukraine.

On September 29, the group visited the Norwegian Embassy. Ambassador Ole T. Horpestad welcomed Norwegian and international students and told about the connection of our countries since the time of Yaroslav the Wise, one of his daughters who became the queen of Norway, as well as prospects for further cooperation between our countries.

Despite intensive study schedule, students had free time and attended several excursions. One of which was dedicated to the history of Kyiv and Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, and during second one on the weekend the students had a tour around Mezhygirya.
As a result of the program, the collection of short students’ reports was published, where they shared their experiences. For more information, please, visit the Publication rubric.




Business Practice in Norway 2016, Bodø, Norway

During the period of July 31 to August 6, 2016, 12 bachelor and master students at the Department of Finance of the Taras Shevchenko national university of Kyiv participated in Business Practice in Norway 2016, "Management Control from Nordic Perspective". The course is held each summer on the basis of Nord University Business School (Bodø,Norway). Traditionally, the trademark of the program has included visiting of specified Norwegian enterprises and getting experienced with Norwegianstyle of business administration. Taking into consideration growing interests to the industrial potential of the High North associated with increasing sustainability considerations, theNordland county enterprises and their ways of handling these challenges have become the focus area of the course. 

In 2016 the participants were introduced with basic concepts and principles of management control in various contexts: organization-, industry-, and culture-specific ones. A focus will be made on understanding of management control practices in Nordic Countries – especially Norway, and differences with Eastern European counties. The course will be implemented in close cooperation with practitioners from Norway and faculty from Nord University and its partners in Nordic Countries. As always, visits to companies and work with their cases will be an important part of the course. 

The academic part of the program included the visits to organizations and enterprises of Nordland County (Northern Norway); Lectures given by professors from Nord University Business School and guest lecturers; Group work on case-studies, writing daily reports, and group presentation of cases. Besides this the curriculum was accompanied by excursions, around the city of Bodø, hiking to Keiservarden hill, trip Svartisen glacier and Mørkved bay.




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