Kyiv School of Economics Deepens Global Academic Partnerships at FREE Network Event

25 September 2023

The Kyiv School of Economics (KSE) showcased achievements at the annual gathering of the Research Forum of Eastern Europe and Developing Economies (FREE Network).

FREE Network was formed in partnership with research institutions such as  Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (Stockholm, Sweden), Belarusian Economic Research and Outreach Center (Minsk, Belarus – are currently in Latvia), Baltic International Centre for Economic Policy Studies (Riga, Latvia), Centre for Economic Analysis (Szczecin, Poland), ISET Policy Institute (Tbilisi, Georgia), and KSE Institute (Kyiv, Ukraine). This alliance brings together leading experts in the field of economics, specializing in Central and Eastern European countries. 

The annual FREE Network Retreat, held this year from September 8th to 10th in Visby, Sweden, serves as a platform for top Think Tanks to present their accomplishments and address the most pressing challenges of the year.

KSE students actively participated in the event. They proudly shared the successes of their student self-government and their impactful charitable initiatives, including “ZAKHYSTOK” and “DONATE TO EVACUATE”.

The KSE team presented the results of work for the year:

• 350% more students than last year

• Established the KSE Students Council and spearheaded outstanding student-led initiatives.

• Raised $70 million since February 24, 2022, ranking 4th among non-state funds in Ukraine according to Forbes Ukraine.

• KSE Institute’s Core Watrime Projects (Damaged.in.ua, Leave Russia, participation in the Yermak-McFaul Sanctions Group, Recovery Projects).

• Analytical projects for international audiences, including “Russia Chartbook,” “Recovery Digest,” “Damage Report,” and the “Food Security Africa Program.”

During this year, KSE was quoted almost 6,000 times in international publications, including The Washington Post, BBC, Reuters and CNN

KSE is grateful to FREE Network partners for their unwavering support and commitment to strengthening international academic collaboration through joint research projects and activities.