In 2021 NaUKMA will implement the project of professional development in the field of cybersecurity for veterans of ATO/ JFO in partnership with CRDF Global

The NaUKMA School of Social Work has signed a partnership agreement with the U.S. Civilian Research & Development Foundation (CRDF Global) for the implementation of a social project “Cybersecurity Professional Development and Reintegration Program for ATO/JFO Veterans “Cyberdefenders” under the strategic and financial support of the U.S. Department of State. The reintegration of veterans has always been and remains an important issue for many countries that have been involved in the military conflicts in one way or another. Ukraine also has faced this difficult task of reintegrating more than 460,000 Ukrainian veterans, who had been demobilized after serving - professionally, socially, psychologically. Understanding this crucial social challenge, NaUKMA and CRDF Global have joined forces within the Project.


The main goal of the Project for NaUKMA is the development of the curriculum and methodology for the reintegration component of the Program for ATO/JFO veterans. This will help program participants to acquire necessary “soft skills” for the effective reintegration into society and further employment in the commercial and public sectors as cybersecurity professionals, as well as providing full range of reintegration support to the two groups of participants undergoing the reintegration and career counselling support program according to the previously developed methodology. The process of reintegration and social adaptation will be ensured through the provision of psychosocial support, mentoring and career counselling services, as well as peer-to-peer support, which will improve veterans’ social wellbeing and their professional skills. 


The implementation of the Project at NaUKMA will also involve expertise of other structural units of the university: NaUKMA Center for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support, NaUKMA Job and Career Center, Kyiv-Mohyla Business School


About the Program


The “Cybersecurity Professional Development and Reintegration Program for ATO/JFO Veterans “Cyberdefenders” is developed by highly qualified American and Ukrainian cybersecurity experts in partnership with the National Technical University of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute” and the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy under the auspices of the Ministry of Veterans Affairs of Ukraine and the National Coordination Center for Cybersecurity at the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine. The primary career support is provided by leading Ukrainian online recruitment service


“Cyberdefenders” program is implemented by the CRDF Global’s cybersecurity improvement program in Ukraine, Moldova, and Western Balkans dedicated to preventing cyberattacks by building robust cyber infrastructures and strengthening cybersecurity workforces. This program is supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia.


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“This publication is based on work supported by the U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CRDF Global). Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of CRDF Global.”

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