V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University

Project Title: Global Classroom

Submitted by: Olena Mashintsova, Project manager, International Relations Office, V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University

City: Kharkiv

This project was implemented within the Training Course “Management of Internationalisation and German-Ukrainian Academic Cooperation 2020-2021”, led by the Leibniz University Hannover (LUH), funded by the DAAD (Germany), 2020-2021

Project Goal(s) and SMART Objective(s):

The main goal of the Global Classroom project is to enhance internationalization elements within the university curricula in order to boost the global experience for Ukrainian students at their home university.

Project objectives:

  1. To create a project committee in orderprovide an administrative base for implementing the project and maintaining its sustainabilityApril 2021
  2. To raise awareness on the subject of In-home internationalization, internationalization of curriculum, and virtual exchange, November 2020- June 2021
  3. To implement virtual exchange methods in one of the educational course atKarazintogether with partner university, January 2021-May 2021


Deliverables for objective 1: 

  • Project committee consists of Head of International Relations Office, Director of International Institute for Study and Research, Dean of School of History and Head of Socio-Economic Department
  • Resolution by Academic Council that encourage heads of departments to implement in-home internationalization in the curricula (February 22, 2021)
  • Written suggestion onhome-internationalization additions to Karazin University Development Strategy 2020-2025

Deliverables for objective 2:

2 staff trainings on the subject:

Educational course on management of Comprehensive Internationalization (Moodle)

Deliverables for objective 3:

  • Established written communicationbetween Karazin project team and School of History, Marie Curie-Skladowska University in Lublin (Poland)
  • Two ZOOM Meetings with Lublin University, School of History on the subject of History of Poland, (31 March , 29 April)
  • Lecture + Practical assignment for studentsKarazin+Lublin (work with documents), May 19, 2021
  • Seminar  “Współczesna Polska i Europa“topik: “Droga Polskido Unii Europejskiej“, May 25, 2021

Challenges and Support

Main challenges of the project and how did you manage to overcome them? 

Main challenges Success strategy
Work with high influence stakeholders By showing the benefits
Bring awareness and evolve the interest to the internationalization of curricula By providing trainings on the subject
Finding of international partner university with similar education system, goals, and which is language appropriate By going through university partner agreements+ personal connections and previous mutual projects

Lessons Learnt

Lessons learnt Recommendations for success
Importance of work with stakeholders Individual approach with any group of stakeholders
Importance of fostering interest in the project Providing fresh information, conducting trainings, organizing meetings, bringing new ideas
Importance of showing the benefits that will come by implementing the project, encouraging participants Obtaining of certificates of professional development, social appreciation


The project “Global Classroom” has advanced the educational program “History of Poland” (interdisciplinary subject) with elements of internationalization of curricula and has enhanced intercultural learning outcomes.

Outlook and Sustainability: 

The following will carry on the process of internationalization of curriculum:

  • Raising awareness onVirtual Exchange (EVOLVE) and COIL methods by participation in Aurora AllianceEuropean Universities
  • Continuing work on internationalization of the subject History of Poland and enlargement the educational courses at the School of History with the partner Lublin University. (The exchange on future themes has been done, May 2021)
  • Sustainedadaptation of the Educational Course on Management of Comprehensive Internationalization (Moodle), V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University