Fostering Sustainable and Autonomous Higher Education Systems in the Eastern Neighbouring Area

The ATHENA project contributed to the development, reform and modernisation of higher education systems in the Eastern Neighbouring partner countries Armenia, Moldova and Ukraine. As a structural measure, it was designed to support structural reform processes and the development of strategic frameworks at the national level. ATHENA ultimately aimed to enhance the quality and relevance of higher education systems in the targeted partner countries and to increase their voluntary convergence with EU developments.

Based on an in-depth assessment of system-specific needs, ATHENA contributed to:

  • foster the transfer of good practices in order to promote efficient and effective governance and funding reforms;
  • promote inclusive approaches to governance and funding reforms, involving higher education institutions, public authorities and other relevant higher education stakeholders;
  • build the capacities of universities in the partner countries to modernise the management of financial and human resources.


flag yellow lowThe ATHENA project was co-funded by the European Commission under the Tempus Programme (2012).

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