18:08 16.04.2019

Kyiv successfully hosted international conference "Academic integrity: practical dimension"

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On Thursday and Friday, April 11 and 12, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Kyiv, Ukraine hosted an international educational conference entitled "Academic integrity: practical dimension." More than 250 participants, not taking into account Internet viewers who joined the online stream on Youtube, took part in the event.

The list of speakers included Deputy Education and Science Minister of Ukraine Yuriy Rashkevych, CEO Unicheck Serhii Tkachenko, Head of Unicheck Ukraine Andriy Sydliarenko, Board Member of the International Center for Academic Integrity Tricia Bertram Gallant, university rectors, associate professors and teachers.

The conference was organized by Strengthening Academic Integrity in Ukraine Project (SAIUP) jointly with plagiarism detection company Unicheck Ukraine, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy with the support of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.

 “It is the teacher who should always think about how to get students interested. There is a lot of research that confirms that if students are interested in the subject, they really work independently. The percentage of cheating in such cases is very low”, — Tricia Bertram Gallant, Board Member of the International Center for Academic Integrity.

During two days participants summarized successful practices of Ukrainian educational community in terms of academic integrity and quality of education and analyzed what strategic and practical changes should be made in order to build a qualitatively new system of education in Ukraine. Panel discussions and work in sections allowed to discuss work materials and their implementation in detail, as well as to communicate with Ukrainian and foreign colleagues to exchange the experience.

Software specifically designed to find borrowed text parts was recognized as one of the best solutions for testing student and research work. Using a tool to detect potential plagiarism, like Unicheck, is a guarantee of academic integrity in higher education and as a consequence, improving the quality of education in Ukraine as a whole.

"Academic integrity isn't just about stopping plagiarism, it's about changing the culture around ethics in education", — Serhii Tkachenko, CEO of Unicheck.

Unicheck is a Ukrainian innovative cloud-based engine able to detect plagiarism in any text serving more than 110 Ukrainian and 500 foreign K-12 and higher educational institutions worldwide. Today, the number of users of the service is about 1.5 million.

Unicheck strives to raise academic integrity standards and create universally integrated and cost-efficient learning solutions for everyone who prioritizes creating over copying. By constantly improving our product and working hand-in-hand with educational community, Unicheck is setting new standards of integrity of intellectual property and raise the value of creative work.

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