Research Student Profiles

Mrs SHCHEPETYLNYKOVA, Ielyzaveta

Social Contexts and Policies of Education

Programme of Study: PhD

Field of Study: Comparative Higher Education

Research Topic: Intellectual Leadership on the Periphery of Knowledge Empires: Knowledge Production in post-Soviet Ukraine

Email Address: shchepet@connect.hku.hk


About Me:
As a scholar-practitioner, my experience lies in higher education policy and practice. I managed programs on developing university capacity for comprehensive internationalization, advising prospective international students on study abroad, and building a network of college and career counselors across Ukraine. I hold an M.A. in Education and Human Development from the George Washington University, where my research focused on higher education internationalization. I served as one of the authors of the current Ukrainian higher education act, a consultant to various organizations on issues of educational reforms in Ukraine, and evaluated applicants for the Fulbright program and World Wide Studies program in Ukraine. My prior research focused on the implementation of the Bologna process in Ukraine and higher education reforms in developing countries.


Current Research:
Intellectual leadership in post-Soviet states, intelligentsia, post-Soviet education reforms, internationalization of higher education, issues in conducting qualitative research in post-totalitarian education systems.


Primary Supervisor: Dr OLEKSIYENKO, Anatoly

Co-supervisor(s): Dr KOBAKHIDZE, Nutsa


Research Outputs:
Finikov, T.V. (Ed.). (2012). Analytical Report. Monitoring the Integration of Ukrainian Higher Education System into the European Higher Education and Research Area. Taxon Publishing, Kyiv, Ukraine.

Finikov, T.V., Sharov, O.I. (Eds.). (2014). Analytical Report. Monitoring the Integration of Ukrainian Higher Education System into the European Higher Education and Research Area. Taxon Publishing, Kyiv, Ukraine.

Shchepetylnykova, I., & Alvis, S. (2020). Contribution of International Development Activities to Comprehensive Internationalization of U.S. Public Universities. Journal of Comparative & International Higher Education, (12(Spring)), 15-26. DOI: [https://doi.org/10.32674/jcihe.v12iSpring.1425]

Oleksiyenko, A., & Shchepetylnykova, I. (2021). International students and Ukrainian universities: dilemmas of agency and change. International Studies in Sociology of Education. DOI: [https://doi.org/10.1080/09620214.2021.1995777]


Awards and Prizes:
Dr. Lo Kwee Seong Education Foundation Travel and Conference Grant, awarded by the University of Hong Kong, 2022
Best First-year Student Presenter Award at the Research Postgraduate Conference, awarded by the Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong, 2020
The World of Difference Award, awarded by American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, 2019
Edmund S. Muskie Professional Fellowship Award, awarded by the U.S. Department of State, 2015
Fulbright Foreign Student Scholarship, awarded by the U.S. Department of State, 2014-2016
The Global Leaders Fellowship, awarded by the George Washington University, 2014-2016
The Ukrainian Parliament Award for the Contribution of Youth to the Development of the Parliamentary and Local Governance, awarded by the Speaker of the Parliament of Ukraine, 2014
Special Award of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine and the Committee for Science and Education of the Parliament of Ukraine for development of the Law of Ukraine “On Higher Education”, awarded by the Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine and the Chair of the Parliament Committee for Science and Education, 2014