Ukrainian Business Supports Leading Education Institutions

[vd]The Ukrainian Institute in London hosted a talk by Rory Finnin, Head of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Cambridge, and Rev. Borys Gudziak, Rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU), on May 17th 2011 entitled Ukrainian Studies Internationally: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. To view photos of the event click here Rev. Borys Gudziak spoke about the development of Ukrainian studies in the XIX and XX centuries across the former Soviet Union and the Diaspora, focussing on various funding models of Ukrainian institutions. In particular, he stated: “Ukrainian studies, and Ukrainian scholarship in general, overcame incredible obstacles in the 19th and 20th centuries. Many important educational projects, institutes and publications never materialised because of the lack of Ukrainian Statehood and very limited funding. Considering the difficult situation in the motherland, the role of scholarship and Ukrainian institutions in the Diaspora played a very great role. International Ukrainian studies influenced not only the discipline in the homeland but all studies in Ukraine. This cross-fertilization allows for new standards and qualities in higher education. Today UCU is rethinking the nature of university education by engaging the whole person. The new UCU campus will have a holistic, socially integrating quality. ” Dr Rory Finnin discussed the mission of the Ukrainian Studies program at the University of Cambridge, highlighting its recent achievements and outlining its future. “From our annual Festival of Ukrainian Film to our many exhibitions, literary readings, and public lectures, Cambridge Ukrainian Studies has captured the interest and attention of students, scholars, and the general public throughout Great Britain,’ he said.  ‘We have been able to do so by offering audiences a fresh perspective on the fascinating and diverse culture of Ukraine and by working in tandem with our colleagues in the country, including our supportive benefactor, Dmytro Firtash. Our plans for the future of Ukrainian Studies in Europe are exciting, and we are very pleased to collaborate with prestigious institutions like the Ukrainian Catholic University to realise these plans.” Cambridge Ukrainian Studies was launched in 2008 and continues to develop thanks to the contributions of Mr. Dmytro Firtash. This prominent Ukrainian businessman is also supporting quality education in Ukraine. This year Dmytro Firtash, who is co-chair at Investors Council at the Education Ministry of Ukraine, became a donor of the Ukrainian Catholic University, contributing to the construction of a campus of UCU in Lviv. Dmytro Firtash has pledged to support the project of the campus until its completion.   “Though at this time in the western world contributions to a university is a generally accepted practice, in Ukraine the charitable support of universities is relatively new, which is starting to crystallise in the consciousness of society. UCU, from the moment of the revival of the university in Lviv, persistently and successfully has worked to encourage donations from benefactors to support our activities.  We rely on our experience of working together with large benefactors, which has for a long time been the practice of the leading universities of North America and Europe, Cambridge, in particular. We are very grateful to all our donors across the world, and especially to our recent donors in Ukraine,’ commented Fr. Borys Gudziak, rector of UCU. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ev8FCUICA-A&feature=channel_video_title[/youtube] About Cambridge Ukrainian Studies Cambridge Ukrainian Studies, a programme of the Department of Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge, aims to promote and contribute to the study of Ukraine in the United Kingdom and beyond. It is committed to deepening public understanding of Ukraine and to advancing fresh, innovative approaches to research on the largest country within Europe, a critical crossroads between ‘East’ and ‘West’ with a rich historical, linguistic, and cultural inheritance. While its primary focus is on the literature and culture of Ukraine, Cambridge Ukrainian Studies seeks to explore – and challenge – conventional notions of disciplinary and geographical borders and to foster a lively exchange between artists, scholars, politicians, and the wider public, as well as between institutions of higher learning in Ukraine, Europe, and North America. About Ukrainian Catholic University Today the term “Catholic university” is not denominational, but is a hallmark of quality academic institutions. Worldwide there are over 1200 Catholic universities. Catholic universities are dynamic and offer curriculum that go beyond the narrow confessional component. The first universities in Europe such as the Sorbonne in Paris, Charles in Prague, Jagiellonian in Krakow emerged in the environment of the Catholic Church. The Ukrainian Catholic University, an institution of education and research, is the only Catholic university in the post-Soviet area. UCU is the heir and continuer of the scholarly activities of the Greek Catholic Theological Academy, which Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky founded in Lviv, Ukraine, in 1928-1929.  This institution was closed by Soviet authorities in 1944 and rebuilt in 50 years. 2002 Lviv Theological Academy received the status of the university. UCU’s new campus will be a complex of university buildings, including educational premises, a library, and a student dormitory. A noted architectural firm from the USA, Kallman, McKinnell & Wood, which has developed similar projects for more than 20 universities throughout the world, including leading American universities like Harvard, Yale, and Princeton, is developing the project. The official Capital Campaign for the new campus and the development of the university will start in autumn 2011. [/vd]