With the air raid sirens early morning on February 24th, our business school and the whole Ukrainian nation began living a different life. Students, alumni, faculty and professional staff faced a new reality: our campus, houses and apartments damaged during missile attacks, friends and colleagues got imprisoned or stuck in occupation, family members with pets waiting on hugely crowded platforms of railway stations for evacuation trains. Hundreds of stories shared among messenger groups, each one very much different from those cases our learners got used to studying in lecture rooms.
Obviously, the new circumstances brought another momentum for mobilising thought and effort to the one which was experienced by the education industry worldwide with the breakout of the 2019 pandemics. Ukraine and its people are blessed to be unprecedentedly supported throughout the world. Solidarity that will never be forgotten or undervalued here. The school was to explore solutions to operate within incomparable realia and relaunch its educational processes as early as possible.
In April we managed to restore the classes, having adjusted the teaching and learning to extensive volunteering commitments, complications in outreach and migration burdens. When in further search for a decent input to nation’s standing the current and meeting the coming challenges, it was decided to bring about a wide discussion of the future. Understanding how the world will change and what country we are striving to build and live in makes the struggle meaningful and the victory unconditional. Thus, we came to the idea of arranging an educational venue ReinforceUA: MIM Global Knowledge Hub.
The project will provide Ukrainian and international business communities with access to global intellectual resources. Thought leaders, Thinkers50, academicians, philosophers, educators, entrepreneurs, artists and public activists will be giving weekly online lectures on the most pressing issues of economic and business development for tens of thousands of Ukrainians and their peers worldwide. Expert opinions and good practices are greatly needed to revive entrepreneurial activities, support business, military, and civilians affected by the war, restore and strengthen the global economy, build up the vision of a fair society and governmental policy. The initiative was eagerly supported by EFMD, AACSB, and AMBA.
Lectures will be delivered live, all of them also available for viewers on the project’s repository. Questions from audiences can be set in advance or during broadcasts. Communities in Ukraine may join lectures for free, while guests from abroad will be offered min. 5-euro donation to attend a lecture. The proceeds will be directed to humanitarian and social initiatives in Ukraine.
The lecture series commences on 15 June at 6p.m. (GMT+3). Our first guest speaker will be Guy Standing, author of the basic income concept, a well-known labour economist and researcher. Professor Standing is the co-founder of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), an international organization that promotes basic income as a right.
The June sessions will be completed on 30 June at 4 p.m. (GMT+3) with the lecture by Yuval Harari, historian, philosopher and best-selling author. His books have sold 40 million copies in 65 languages, and he is considered one of the world’s most influential public intellectuals today.
To join a lecture, attendees may refer to the project’s website https://reinforceua.com/en/.