UzhNU is a co-founder of the Eastern Partnership European University Cluster
Uzhhorod National University keeps getting integrated into the European educational and scientific system. Our long-term work aimed at establishing and building strong partnership relations with the leading foreign universities keeps bringing new results on a daily basis. And we are not only talking about practical cases - specific projects that have already been successfully implemented or are currently being implemented in cooperation with our partners. First of all, we are talking about the reputation of UzhNU as a reliable partner with whom it is possible to create common academic future of Europe.
The other day, another step towards achieving this goal was taken - Uzhhorod National University became one of the founders of the Eastern Partnership University Cluster (EPUC). On October 19, 2022, the rector of UzhNU, Volodymyr Smolanka, took part in the official signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding, which was held in Prague, at Charles University, with the participation of the rectors of partner universities, diplomats, representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic.
The Consortium includes 11 universities from the member states of the European Union and Eastern European Partner countries. It is noteworthy that Ukraine is represented by 4 leading universities, which is the largest number among all the Consortium member states, these are UzhNU, Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University, Ivan Frankp Lviv National University and Oles Honchar Dnipro National University. The Consortium also includes Charles University (Czech Republic), Cologne University (Germany), Milan University (Italy), Warsaw University (Poland), Etves Lorand University (Hungary), as well as Ivan Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (Georgia) and Moldova State University (Moldova).
“I am extremely glad that Charles University has initiated such an idea. Owing to such projects, the Consortium is becoming a truly open space that supports students from different countries and cultures. At the same time, I believe that this initiative will make a significant contribution to the spread of the European academic practice,” noted the rector of Charles University, Milena Kralickova.
Volodymyr Smolanka emphasized that the initiative was a strategic step towards a new level of partnership. After all, the Consortium is a platform that provides unique opportunities for deeper and more effective cooperation between the universities. The rector of UzhNU is convinced that the Eastern Partnership University Cluster wil facilitate the development of joint research and the implementation of multilateral projects on current problems.
“Our main project priorities include the introduction of innovative methods of organizing the educational process, the popularization of local culture and the preservation of common historical heritage, the dissemination of experience in the field of energy efficiency and energy saving, the development of health care sector and the strengthening of European integration processes,” noted the rector of UzhNU.
During the event, Volodymyr Smolanka presented the examples of successfully implemented joint international projects in the field of education and science to the partners. He also expressed hope that the new tools, available to the Consortium participants, woud be effectively used by domestic universities.
“It is a great opportunity for Ukrainian universities to expand partnership in joint international projects, implement cultural and humanitarian initiatives, organize joint training programs, and organize exchange of experience between professors and students. It is important for us to study the experience of European academic practices and introduce their new forms in Ukraine,” concluded Volodymyr Smolanka.