Recently, I had the chance to sit down with the Deputy Director of the Institute for International Cooperation at DonNTU (Donetsk National Technical University) and had a frank discussion about the state of higher education at the university today.
This is the first interview in what will be an ongoing series covering all the different aspects of nation-building in both Lugansk People's Republic and Donetsk People's Republic.
The series will cover the problems both young countries are facing as they develop and the solutions both republics are implementing.
Beginning with written interviews, this series will also include video interviews and reports. Follow up interviews will show progress and set-backs the republics are facing and explore why.
All of this will be measured against how well 6-year-old Donetsk People's Republic and Lugansk People's Republic are developing against the same sectors of an established 26-year-old Ukraine.
· Civil Society
· Social Welfare & Safety Net
· Arts and Culture
· Ecology and Food Security
· Legal Reform
When you consider the limited resources and war-time development of both republics, Ukraine should stand out like a beacon. But does it?