Iryna Skliar – Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester GL7 6JS, United Kingdom; Sumy National Agrarian University, Kondratieva St, 160, Sumy 40021, Ukraine

Liudmyla Batsenko – Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester GL7 6JS, United Kingdom; Sumy National Agrarian University, Kondratieva St, 160, Sumy 40021, Ukraine

Keywords:                    Project management skills;
Key competencies for
Education for sustainable
Academic standards


Abstract: Project management skills (PM skills) play an essential role in ad­vancing sustainable development (SD) objectives. Project management as a goal-oriented approach aligns with the SD framework. They provide a struc­tured framework for planning, implementing, and monitoring projects, mak­ing them invaluable for advancing Sustainable Development Goals. They support effective stakeholder engagement, risk management, and adaptive approaches, while also fostering cross-cutting competencies that are vital for addressing sustainability challenges in diverse contexts.

Project management is crucial in the workplace nowadays, and possessing these skills can significantly enhance students’ employability prospects.

This research aims to analyze the coverage of project management skills and competencies in the Ukrainian academic standards and generalize the rec­ommendations for effectively embedding these skills into the curriculum.

Methodology. Qualitative content analysis of Ukrainian academic standards developed by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine. 38 academ­ic standards for master’s contain project management skills. There are chal­lenges with the implementation of the standards in terms of alignment be­tween the standards and the academic programmes, including teach­ing-learning-assessment practices.

Project-based learning and interdisciplinary projects are essential for ESD and PM skills development. Interdisciplinarity is a pillar of ESD and this will open project management concepts and practices for non-management students as they navigate the complexities of team dynamics, task delegation, and project coordination. Mentoring and peer-to-peer learning could be effec­tive tools for ESD and for PM-skills development. Peer learning groups where senior students can guide non-management students in developing project management skills. The mentorship can provide valuable guidance, feedfor­ward, and feedback throughout project-based learning.

9th International Scientific ERAZ Conference – ERAZ 2023 – Selected Papers: KNOWLEDGE BASED SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, hybrid – online, virtually and in person, Prague, Czech Republic, June 1, 2023

ERAZ Selected Papers published by: Association of Economists and Managers of the Balkans – Belgrade, Serbia

ERAZ conference partners: Faculty of Logistics, University of Maribor, Maribor (Slovenia); University of National and World Economy – UNWE, Sofia (Bulgaria); Center for Political Research and Documentation (KEPET), Research Laboratory of the Department of Political Science of University of Crete (Greece); Institute of Public Finance – Zagreb (Croatia); Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Ohrid, University of St. Kliment Ohridski from Bitola (North Macedonia)

ERAZ Conference 2023 Selected Papers: ISBN 978-86-80194-73-8, ISSN 2683-5568, DOI:

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Suggested citation

Skliar, I., & Batsenko, L. (2023). Project Management Skills for Non-management Students from the Perspective of Education for Sustainable Development. In V. Bevanda (Ed.), ERAZ Conference – Knowlegde Based Sustainable Development: Vol 9. Selected Papers (pp. 157-167). Association of Economists and Managers of the Balkans.


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