UzhNU hosted diplomats from the Baltic states and Sweden
On Wednesday, November 14, 2018, the acting rector of UzhNU Oleksandr Slyvka and vice-rector of UzhNU Myroslava Lendel met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Estonia to Ukraine Mr. Gert Antsu, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Lithuania to Ukraine, Mr. Marius Janukonis, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Latvia to Ukraine Mr. Juris Poikans and the First Secretary of the Embassy of Sweden in Ukraine, Ms. Louise Morsing. The ambassadors were accompanied by an ambassador Ihor Dir, Honorary Consul of Lithuania in Uzhhorod Mr. Viktor Harapko, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Estonia in Ukraine Mr. Margus Särglepp.
Opening the meeting, Professor Oleksandr Slyvka emphasized: "We are very pleased to meet our guests. I am sure that this meeting will have a positive impact on our cooperation. Our university belongs to top fifteen Ukrainian universities and we have a potential to reach the top 10 universities of Ukraine. We have also founded International UzhNU Alumni Association, which allows us to unite UzhNU alumni living in different corners of the world and stay in touch with them."
Vice-rector Myroslava Lendel spoke about the university's international cooperation: "UzhNU is a member of the Magna Charta Universitatum, a member of the Danube Rectors’ Conference, the European University Association, a member of the consortium of universities involved in the European research program “Horizon 2020”. We also train a lot of foreign students. There are 1620 foreigners from more than 37 countries of the world studying at UzhNU at the moment."
Then, the ambassadors from the Baltic countries met with the students of UzhNU. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Estonia to Ukraine, Mr. Gert Antsu, said: "In my opinion, the experience of the Baltic countries is practical for Ukraine, because our countries faced similar challenges 20-25 years ago, when we set out to become EU members. The Baltic states are reliable partners of Ukraine and support the European integration of Ukraine.”
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Latvia to Ukraine, Mr. Juris Poikans, emphasized: "In the coming years, we will face some important political challenges. Firstly, the conflict with Russia in the East of Ukraine will continue not only in the military but also in the cultural, religious, and other spheres. Secondly, there will be divergence in the views of different EU states. Thirdly, the relations between the EU and the US will be important, the format of relations has already changed, and these changes are likely to be long-lasting. I am convinced that without the cooperation with the US, the European Union will be in a less secure position than it is now, and the only way of Ukraine’s development is the European integration."
During the meeting there was an interesting discussion on practical diplomacy, international relations, the condition and prospects of the development of international relations between our countries, and the experience of integration into the European Union.