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International Journal of Education and Practice

April 2019, Volume 7, 4, pp 377-390

Building a Project Culture through Research and Innovation Training of Future PhDs in Ukraine

Viktoriia Meniailo


Olexandr Gura

Viktoriia Meniailo 1 ,

Olexandr Gura 1 
  1. Zaporizhzhia National University, Department of Pedagogy and Psychology of Educational Activities, Ukraine. 1

Pages: 377-390

DOI: 10.18488/journal.61.2019.74.377.390

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Received: 07 June, 2019
Revised: 15 July, 2019
Accepted: 20 August, 2019
Published: 24 October, 2019


Ever since the European model of training of PhD students has been introduced in Ukraine in 2016, the issue of finding effective forms and methods of doctoral studies has been raised in the national education system. The aim of this study is to present a strategy for creating a project culture in which PhD students develop and implement real projects and solve regional problems as a basis of their preparation for research and innovation activities. The main methods used in this study are the theoretical description of the program of research and innovation training of postgraduates using project-based learning and its application in practice. This program includes the following stages of project activities: preparatory, initiation, formation of the project team, analysis of the situation, development of the project concept, ?s well as: fundraising, implementation and concluding of the project. The effectiveness of training and its results were tested through empirical and statistical processing methods. The results of the experiments show the positive impact of the developed training program in building of the project culture and developing transferable skills of the future PhDs (instrumental, systemic, and interpersonal), as well as gaining of the pre-professional experience in the process of working on real projects. The study also reiterates the role and importance training in bringing effectiveness of research and innovation of postgraduates.
Contribution/ Originality
The paper's primary contribution lies in finding a proposed curriculum for the training of the PhD students: implementation of research and innovation projects; formation of transferable skills; and involving of PhD-students in the solution of regional problems within the framework of the “third mission” of universities.


Research and innovation training, PhD-student, Project-based learning, Project culture.



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The study was performed with the support of Erasmus+ Project: Jean Monnet actions-587321-EPP-1-2017-1-UA-EPPJMO-MODULE «European Project Culture».

Competing Interests:

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.


We would like to thank reviewers and editors for their insightful comments on an earlier draft of this manuscript.

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