The problems of corruption in Post-Soviet Ukraine's Higher Education sector

John Round, Peter Rodgers

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This article provide an in-depth examination into how the existence of "informal" work practices, in a particular location, namely, the higher education system in Ukraine impacts the everyday lives of a specific population group, namely, students. The article provides a comprehensive overview of corruption in post-Soviet education systems, suggesting some historical and contemporary reasons for its current scale. In particular, the article focuses on students' experiences of corruption, first, exploring the difficulties that many individuals face when trying to gain access to the higher education system, and second, outlining students' experiences while progressing through the course. The article's concluding section examines the wider outcome of these processes on Ukrainian society as a whole as well as the impacts on individual students.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-95
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Sociology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • work practices
  • higher education system
  • Ukraine
  • students
  • corruption
  • post-Soviet education systems
  • students' experiences
  • access
  • progressing through the course
  • Ukrainian society


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