The Chair of the Union of Rectors of Ukraine: I express gratitude to Poles for their help
Rectors of major Polish and Ukrainian universities met at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin to discuss possible common solutions regarding the education of students. "The mission of every university is to form the elite of a country," stressed Prof. Petro Kulikov, Chair of the Union of Rectors of Ukraine, Rector of the Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture.
The Polish-Ukrainian Rectors Seminar, which was held as part of the project "Polish-Ukrainian cooperation of representative institutions representing rectors for the improvement of the operation of the university" was hosted by Rev. Prof. Miroslaw Kalinowski, Rector of the Catholic University of Lublin. "Cooperation with the Ukrainian academic community has a long-standing tradition. Already since 1989, we have signed many partnership agreements. We are committed to developing a similar model of the educational system in order to facilitate cooperation and provide mobility for Ukrainian students," stressed Rev. Prof. Miroslaw Kalinowski.
Taking floor rectors and experts from Ukraine expressed their gratitude for the numerous aid initiatives for their country. They also stressed that due to the ongoing armed conflict, they are concerned about losing students. "We are afraid that students who go to study in Poland will not want to return to Ukraine. It is these young people that we will need in the future to rebuild our country," noted Prof. Petro Kulikov.
The meeting of distinguished guests at the Catholic University of Lublin was also an opportunity to present Prof. Jerzy Woznicki of Warsaw University of Technology with an honorary doctorate from the Kyiv State University of Construction and Architecture. Prof. Jerzy Woznicki is the President of the Polish Rectors' Foundation and has been involved in the field of higher education and science for many years. He is one of the founders of the Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland and its former chairman. He also initiated the partnership between the Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (CRASP) and the Union of Rectors of Ukraine (ZRUU).
The meeting was attended by delegations from CRASP and ZRUU , experts from major Polish and Ukrainian universities, including Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Maria - Curie Sklodowska University in Lublin, the Medical University in Lublin, the University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw, Lublin University of Technology, Warsaw University of Technology, the Silesian University of Technology, the Dnipro Technical University and the National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine.
The seminar is part of a project entrusted to Warsaw University of Technology by the Ministry of Education and Science in Poland, supported by the CRASP, implemented with the support of the Polish Rectors' Foundation and endowed with the patronage of the Ministry of Education and Science in Ukraine.