February 15 2019, the order "On Approval of Amendment 8 to the National Classifier DK 003: 2010" was officially published by Ministry of Economic Development and Trade. According to it, the "andragogue" profession was included for the first time in the National classifier of professions.
Andragogue is a specialist in adult education or adult educator. Recognition of such a profession has long been expected and justified in the professional community and is an important step towards the professionalization of adult education in Ukraine. Integration of Ukraine into the European educational space requires special attention not only for formal but also for informal adult education and learning as part of the implementation of the concept of LifeLong Learning.
Recognition of the andragogue profession is an important step towards establishing a fully fledged regulatory framework for the development of adult education. Representatives of the academic community, practitioners and local authorities emphasize the importance of creating a normative framework for ensuring the functioning of adult education and supporting it at the expense of budget funds.
Chernivtsi National University has already introduced a Master's program in adult education for future adragogues, other universities, especially pedagogical ones, are interested to develop such programs.
The decision to include the andragogue profession in the classifier will contribute to the establishment and strengthening of the status of adult education and postgraduate education in the research and educational space of Ukraine.