TheinternationalscholarlypracticalconferenceSocialResponsibilityofHigherEducation: Availability, Quality, Competitivenesswas heldon 15-16 May, 2013 in the city of Luhansk.

The event was held on the initiative of the Institute of Ecumenical Studies of the Ukrainian Catholic University within the framework of the National Network of the Ecumenical Social Weeks Projectwith the support of Training and Research Institute of Labour and Social Technologies of V. Dal All-Ukrainian National University (City of Luhansk). Representatives of the authorities, education system, Church and public organizations gathered for discussions and exchange of experience in the area of improvement of the quality of education in higher education institutions.

In particular, the participants presented the activity of social projects in Lviv, namely, the Ecumenical Social Week Forum, Certificate Program “Medical-Psychological and Social Support of Persons with Special Needs” of the Institute of Ecumenical Studies as examples of social responsibility of education in Ukraine. The participants also discussed ways of reformation of higher spiritual education in Ukraine, the role of innovations in establishing competitive higher education institutions, problems of introduction of inclusive education and system of the professional training of social workers. Doctor Nina Hayduk noted the great responsibility of social workers training programs before society. According to Nina Hayduk, this responsibility is expressed in the way the experts respond to the needs of the society and appeal to challenges arising at the professional level.

 

Dr. Bradley D. McKenzie, Professor at the Faculty of Social Work of the University of Manitoba (Winnipeg, Canada) was an honorary guest of the event.

He made a report entitled “Reorientation of children and youth services to the support of families: consequences for organizational changes, upbringing and education.”

On the whole, all the participants agreed that there was a necessity of cooperation between educational institutions, Churches, the public sector and executive authorities with regard to professional training of social workers.

The program of the conference also included visits to rehabilitation centers (Luhansk Regional Center for social rehabilitation of disabled children “Vidrodzhennya” (Revival) and Luhansk Inter-regional Center of professional rehabilitation of disabled people) and a private orphanage for familiarization with the activities of the city’s public organizations.