Center for English Academic Writing is a coordinator from Ukraine for the international project Literacy Development in the Humanities: Creating Competence Centres for the Enhancement of Reading and Writing Skills as Part of University Teaching (LIDHUM).
Academic literacy is a prerequisite for and an outcome of all learning processes in higher education. Reasons for studying and fostering literacy development are directly related to European higher education politics: reading and writing are essential parts of independent, self-directed learning as demanded by the Bologna philosophy; the pressure towards writing in English, especially for the higher educational cycles, demands the mastery of two language systems instead of one and enforces new multi-lingual competences; and the Bologna process places special emphasis on student-centered and competence-oriented learning which writing pedagogy is able to provide.
The project is a shared effort to support transformational processes in higher education of the involved countries by supporting literacy and writing development. It is also a joint exchange and developmental program to build local capacities and connect the participating members with the European communities of writing/literacy research and practice.