National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” responded to Ukraine’s need for an academic strategic approach to the study of defense and security.  In 2017, Kyiv-Mohyla Business School introduced а program on strategic leadership in security and defense – the first of its kind in Ukraine.

The program provides in-depth, critical examination of the defense and security challenges facing Ukraine now and in the future, and focuses on the development of strategy in both theory and practice, and on solutions to defense-related problems.  It is tailored to promote the development of a community of practitioners who share a common understanding and approach to security and defense transformation, based on international best practices.


Developed in cooperation with the Administration of the President of Ukraine and the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, the program includes international partners such as the NATO Liaison Office in Ukraine, the Embassy of the United Kingdom and the Embassy of Canada.  A complete package of strategic documents was prepared for the training of effective leaders for a systematic approach that will prepare qualified leaders and ensure the quality of their decisions.  


The program, Strategic Leadership: Sector Security and Defense of Ukraine, was established a year and half ago. The first graduates have been confirmed on July 31. The participants of the program include leaders of the Security Service of Ukraine, the National Security and Defense Council, the Presidential Administration, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, the National Guard of Ukraine, and others. 



Gelena Savruk, Deputy Dean of kmbs and Head of the program stated,  “The goal of the program is to strengthen the managerial effectiveness of collective cross-functional interaction and to develop personal leadership capabilities of senior executives who, in their managerial roles, will directly and indirectly participate in shaping policies, strategies and implementation of state-level defense tasks.  I am proud of the titanic efforts we have made to achieve this success”.  



Oleksandr Turchinov, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, attended the graduation ceremony.  He said, “Our common task is to strengthen the defense sector of Ukraine.  Every day we are working to strengthen the capacity of our forces and the effective functioning of the security services of Ukraine. When we speak of NATO standards, it is not just new technologies or new staffing schedules we are referring to.  Our focus is primarily on people, on managers who are capable of providing the task of protecting the state.  It is precisely these strategic-level leaders that we need.”


As issues dealing with the security and defense sectors are of a confidential nature, the execution and results of this first of its kind program are protected by the participants.  Graduates will implement the systems discussed in the current reform process underway in the security and defense sector.

Graduates were awarded diplomas by Oleksandr Turchynov, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine and Judith Gough, Ambassador of the United Kingdom in Ukraine.

Marta Farion

Kyiv-Mohyla Foundation

on behalf of kmbs



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