CSU AGRICULTURAL & RESOURCE ECONOMICS DEPARTMENT HOSTS UKRAINIAN SCHOLARS
For over a decade, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has brought mid-career scholars to Colorado State University from international universities to increase their knowledge and ability to teach agricultural economics, marketing, agribusiness and finance in a market economy.
This year is no exception as the USDA and CSU host four more teachers from agricultural universities in the Ukraine to participate in the Faculty Exchange Program (FEP) within the College of Agriculture\’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. The participants include Dr. Tetyana Kuts, Asst. Prof. Nataliia Zarytska , Dr. Valerii Drahuntsov, Oleksii Kovalenko.
All of the FEP participants are pursing internship goals of learning more about United States Agribusiness Systems and the Food Processing Industry, improving their teaching methods, adapting their facilities to international requirements and optimizing the existing curriculum of economic specialty based on experience gained in the U.S. They also will prepare seminar materials for colleagues comparing and contrasting the U.S. and Ukrainian agricultural education systems.
Dr. Tetyana Kuts, is a faculty member of National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine (Kyiv) – one of the leading educational, scientific and cultural establishments of Ukraine. Over 40,000 students study at 21 faculties of Kyiv Territorial Center, at Southern Affiliate “Crimean Agro-Technological University” and at 12 regional higher educational institutions.
Dr. Kuts has a Ph.D. in Economics and works as associate professor of Department of Accounting, Analysis and Audit of Educational and Scientific Institute of Business. She is the leading teacher in the following classes: Theory of Economic Analysis, Analysis of Economic and Commercial Activities and Financial Analysis.
She also conducts research in scientific programs. Her professional interests include: analysis of the agricultural product markets; exploration of the market of oilseeds – sunflower, canola, soybean; methodology of economic analysis of modern agricultural enterprises to ensure their competitiveness and analysis of the financial risk management.
Prof. Nataliia Zarytska, is an assistant lecturer in the Department of Agribusiness Economics and official researcher of Institute of Economics and Management of Agri-Indusrtial Complex in State Higher Educational Establishment “Vadym Hetman Kyiv National Economic University” (KNEU) in Kyiv, Ukraine. More than 36,000 students study in KNEU. In the main institution, they are taught by eight full and corresponding members of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and sectoral academies, which includes more than 127 professors and doctors of science, 507 candidates of science and associate professors.
Professor Zarytska teaches such bachelor-level disciplines as: Enterprise Economics, Economics and Organization of the Agri-industrial Sector, Economics of Agricultural Products Production and Processing, Infrastructure of the Agrarian Market, Enterprise Planning and Control and Project Analysis. She also has taught Intersubject Training at Master\’s level. She is particularly interested in economic and social effectiveness of agri-holdings.
Dr. Valerii Drahuntsov has a Ph.D. in Economics and represents Kharkiv National Agrarian University named after V.V. Dokuchaev. It is one of the oldest universities in Ukraine, founded in 1862. He is a senior lecturer in the Department of Management of Organizations and teaches the following classes: Innovation Management, International Management, Justification of Business Decisions and Risk Assessment and Self-Management. These courses are developed for the following specialties: Organizations Management, Enterprise Economy and Finance.
Oleksii Kovalenko, graduate student at the Uman National University of Horticulture. The University is a scientific center of modern agricultural education in Ukraine. Its history goes back to 1844.
Mr. Kovalenko is involved in the research of the economic efficiency of fruit growing within the Department of Economics. With his supervisor, he teaches courses in Economics and Entrepreneurship, The Organization and Planning of Production, Economics of Forestry and Landscape Architecture. He plans to teach courses which are connected with economic efficiency of fruit production and processing horticultural products, based on the experience and knowledge gained during the Faculty Exchange Program.
According to the FEP scholars, their visit the USA in general and CSU particular will help them identify ways of developing the Ukraine\’s agriculture under conditions of globalization by helping create stable transparent and equitable conditions for activity of all entities in the agri-industrial sector.
The FEP experience will also contribute to strengthen methodological principles for the development of the agrarian policy of Ukraine and forms, methods and lines for the state regulation of the agriculture. There is also need to discuss trends and forecasts of the development of the higher education in the 21st century under circumstances of the democratization and humanization. These academic concerns include the international practice of the competence-based training of specialists, the standardization of the bachelor and master curricula, the implementation of innovative technologies and students\’ knowledge assessment systems. The Ukraine scholars also point out the need to pay attention at adapting educational approaches to international requirements, and optimization the existing curricula of economic specialty based on experience gained in the USA.