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Ievgen Bilyk presenting EGOV curricula in Ukraine

What was your purpose/aim of the visit to Ukraine?

The goal of my visit was to tell about my study experience on e-Governance Technologies and Services Masters programme at Tallinn University of Technology as a part of promoting Estonian universities for potential students from Ukraine. As the visit covered wider topics than e-Governance programme, the delegation consisted of three representatives of major Estonian universities and me. Judging by the feedback from my colleagues for this trip, it was very useful to have a Ukrainian student with them in terms of making presentations more practical and comprehensive.

 

 In your opinion, what would the future look like for Ukraine in regards of e-governance?

It seems to me that Ukraine has a great potential in e-governance. The country is largely covered by broadband Internet and mobile networks, its population has strong aspirations for decentralization and optimization of state money, and its IT companies and start-ups are growing rapidly. Though there are issues with unified political will and awareness of the population, they are not insurmountable. There might appear innovative solutions in e-governance in Ukraine.   

 

 What were the main questions that were asked? How much locals know about e-governance, what's their perception?

I was primarily asked about my study experience and work opportunities after the programme. In a nutshell, the first one is very positive, because the studies are very practical and project-oriented, and the second one consists of working on the following positions: state officials, IT architects, and e-governance advisors. In terms of the awareness about e-governance, around one third of locals that I interacted with know that e-governance is very developed in Estonia. Also, around one fourth of them are aware of Ukrainian developments in this field, for instance, they are informed about the fact of creating State Agency for e-Governance in Ukraine last autumn.

 

 How appealing our curricula were among the students?

The curricula was very attractive, because it is a modern tuition-free programme that cannot be finished anywhere else, but in Tallinn. However, students with humanities background had many doubts about their ability to cope with Masters in Engineering. Therefore, most discussions took place around multidisciplinary of the programme.

 

 What would you say for students from Ukraine who’d like to come to study EGOV, why they should come to study TUT and especially e-gov curricula?

I would repeat main messages that were mentioned during the visit to Ukraine. First of all, it is a modern programme that can be taken only at Tallinn University of Technology at the moment. Secondly, the university provides extremely convenient facilities for studies and recreation. Thirdly, the lecturers and students on e-Governance are very international and present various kinds of expertise. Last but not least, the admission is likely to become much more difficult in a couple of years, as more and more students are getting information about Estonian success in e-governance in general and this appealing opportunity for studies in particular.

 

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The visit was financed by Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs development and humanitarian aid instruments.