It has been four years since Strengthening Academic Integrity in Ukraine Project – SAIUP was launched. Being the first project of its kind, its goal is to raise academic integrity issues among Ukrainian academia. As an extension to this initiative, in autumn of 2017, Seeding Academic Integrity in Secondary Schools Project – SAISS was introduced with the aim to start cultivating academic culture with integrity as an inherent feature in students at secondary school. SAIUP and SAISS projects are coordinated by the American Councils for International Education in Kyiv, Ukraine.

The initial and overall goal for both projects is to promote an idea of academic integrity, its importance, and practical value as a prerequisite for obtaining a high-quality education. Now we are working with a broad network of partners, including the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine and the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv as key ones.

Strengthening Academic Integrity in Ukraine Project – SAIUP

SAIUP has united 15 universities in different regions of Ukraine with a common goal to instill academic honesty into their institutions. Each of them contributes to disseminating academic integrity values and policies on their campuses and in their region. SAIUP gives an invaluable experience for students to run awareness campaigns for freshmen and their peers. SAIUP student coordinators undertake academic integrity initiatives and carry out a wide range of activities and mini-projects. Project’s faculty coordinators work closely with university administrations to inculcate academic integrity practices into the major institutional policies. Honor Codes, Ethical Committees, anti-plagiarism papers check, enhancing the quality of teaching to mention but a few are the main contributions of the academic integrity activists on campus. In line with SAISS, students at partnering Pedagogical Universities as future teachers are expected to later sow secondary education with the seeds of academic integrity.

Seeding Academic Integrity in Secondary Schools Project – SAISS

SAISS is an initiative that involves high school students, their parents or caretakers, teachers, and school administrations in a wide range of activities that promote academic integrity.

Through our offline and online campaigns with main stakeholders, integrity has been presented as an essential element for successful academic, professional, and civic and workforce development. Bringing this message across, university students arrange discussions and presentations for their younger peers who are to make decisions on their future profession soon. This university-school collaboration reinforces the systemic character of the education in Ukraine and highlights the significance of honesty as a core value for all participants of the education process at all levels.

SAISS has been always striving to enrich teachers’ and parents’ awareness of basic academic integrity rules. Online platforms and courses, off-line discussions, and seminars are only a tip of the iceberg that carries a philosophy of integrity in education. This conceptual approach has a straightforward influence on the country’s prosperity and sustainable development. Among the brightest achievements of the SAISS team is an online course Academic Integrity for High School Teachers, launched in September 2019. So far, more than 22000 teachers have registered for the course, and over 16000 participants have already successfully graduated and got certificates.

Impact

A new Law on Education, adopted in September 2017 by Ukrainian Parliament and signed by the President, includes Article 42 Academic Integrity. This can be considered as a contribution of SAIUP work and as a momentous event for the Ukrainian education. In March 2020 a new Law on Full Secondary Education came into force. It features Article 43 Supporting Academic Integrity in the Sphere of Secondary Education, which is another achievement for the SAISS team. Obligatory academic integrity regulations on the national level have become a roadmap for both high and secondary educational institutions to move forward. SAIUP/SAISS is always ready to be aside and help educational institutions to navigate in their journey towards transparent and rigid academic integrity policies.

We believe that changes can happen to the community only through its members, but they aren’t going to happen at once. Both SAIUP and SAISS set a really ambitious goal to expand values of integrity on young Ukrainians who will fundamentally transform not only their local communities but the country as a whole.

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