Oleksandr Shtokvych is a Senior Program Manager at the Yehuda Elkana Center for Higher Education, where he leads the Secretariat of the Open Society University Network (OSUN) - a new global network that integrates learning and the advancement of knowledge across geographic and demographic boundaries, promotes civic engagement on behalf of open societies, and expands access of underserved communities to higher education. He is a Co-Director of the OSUN Threatened Scholars Integration Initiative. He also manages CEU's research and outreach in support of higher education reform in Myanmar, covering a broad range of subjects of strategic planning, development and internationalization of key universities, contribution to national-level policy formulation for university autonomy and quality assurance, and scholarship and fellowship support to university students, academics and administrators.
Prior to joining CEU in 2016, for fifteen years he served the Open Society Foundations' Higher Education Support Program, where he led in the design and operation of its flagship faculty and curriculum development programs in the humanities and social sciences across Central Europe, Eurasia, South-East Asia and China. In 1996-2001, as part of the Yale University-based Civic Education Project, he was a Director of CEP’s Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova program and later a European Director for Special Projects. In this capacity, he led needs assessment and partnership programs in support of higher education reform in Eurasia. In 1992-96, he managed international exchange programs at Chernivtsi National University in Ukraine.He studied Linguistics and Education at the Chernivtsi National University and the University of Saskatchewan (Canada), and taught American Studies and Civic Education at high school and Linguistics and Curriculum Management at the university. His interests and expertise lie in the transformation of higher education in (post-) authoritarian and development contexts; access of the vulnerable and socially disadvantaged groups to learning; student movements and social mission of universities; culture and integrity of scholarship and international academic exchange; pedagogy for critical thinking and expression; mission-driven university governance and donor relations. He also consults on strategic planning and organizational development, quality assurance in higher education, and language competencies in the context of access to formal education.