March 25, 2023

Talking by way of video name at Universities UK’s 2022 convention, Serhiy Shkarlet, Ukraine’s minister for training and science, informed attendees that their help has helped to develop the nation’s training provision and ensured that Ukrainian college students are accepted into universities in numerous international locations.  

Shkarlet stated Ukraine’s training system “has suffered due to the atrocities of the Russians”, with over 2,000 establishments broken and 284 fully destroyed. 

“I hope sooner or later, we’ve got academic system that’s based mostly on the perfect training customary worldwide”

“This time isn’t simple for Ukraine and Ukrainians,” Shkarlet informed attendees in a translated speech. “However on this time we’ve got some good probability to vary our training system. With our colleagues, and particularly from UK colleagues, we’ve applied [a] new academic system. And I hope sooner or later, we’ve got [an] academic system that’s based mostly on the perfect training customary worldwide.”

UUK launched its #TwinForHope marketing campaign on the occasion, celebrating over 75 partnerships fashioned between UK and Ukrainian universities since April. The brand new marketing campaign goals to focus on the constructive impression that the partnerships are having. 

Assist from UK universities has included serving to to bodily rebuild broken campuses, mutually recognising credit to allow Ukrainian college students to take part in on-line programs, preserving Ukrainian archives in UK establishments and offering psychological well being help to employees and college students affected by PTSD.  

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“The dialog that we began with Ukrainian universities was based mostly on the premise that we must always be taught from them what they wished after which we must always act, and that’s the place the twinning initiative got here from,” Vivienne Stern, UUK chief govt, stated on the convention.

Cormack Consultancy Group has been key in implementing the twinning initiative, Stern acknowledged.

The lengthy checklist of partnerships contains The College of Sheffield twinning with Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, The College of Manchester with Ivan Horbachevsky Ternopil Nationwide Medical College, the College of Hull and Mariupol State College, in addition to Bishop Grosseteste College in Lincoln and Drohobych Ivan Franko State Pedagogical College.

“We’re now attempting to do some little bit of a job of explaining to a broader viewers what your marvellous establishments have been doing inside this initiative,” Stern added.

The twinning program is partially funded by the British authorities and goals to make sure that Ukraine’s universities “not solely survive however emerge stronger from the struggle”. 

The UUK convention passed off from September 7-8 on the College of Leicester.