Baltic transition discussed at summer school for Ukrainian students

On 22-27 August, the third international summer school for Ukrainian students took place at the University of Tartu. The theme of the school was “Prospects for Democracy, Stability and Europeanization in Ukraine: What Lessons from the Baltic Experience?”

The aim of the summer school was to provide an opportunity for young Ukrainians to reflect upon the changes and challenges their country is facing in light of the reform and transition experiences of the Baltic states.

Ukrainian student at Tartu Town Hall Square, photo: CEURUS

The organiser of the summer school, Dr Piret Ehin noted that the school was designed to be both comprehensive and topical: “Since Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are the only former Soviet republics to have become fully consolidated democracies and market economies, the lessons from the Baltic transition are relevant to Ukraine’s current reform efforts”.


More than 30 students and young professionals from all over Ukraine, as well as students of the University of Tartu attended lectures about various aspects of democratization, good governance, security and the European Union. The participants also visited the Estonian state institutions and spent time sightseeing in Tallinn.

The summer school was organised by the Centre for EU-Russia Studies at the University of Tartu and was financially supported from the Development Cooperation programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia.

For more information, please contact: Dr Piret Ehin, senior researcher of the Uniersity of Tartu,

Forwarded by

Maili Vilson
Research Communication Specialist
Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies
University of Tartu
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