Delegates from Vasyl' Stus Donetsk National University (Vasyl' Stus DonNU), in Vinnytsia, Ukraine, visited Cardiff Metropolitan University to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement and increase cooperation between the two institutions.
Funded by the British Council, a project was won by Cardiff Met to work with Vasyl' Stus Donetsk National University, which is seeking to modernise in the areas of internationalisation, general autonomy and students' union representation. This visit is the first meeting towards supporting Vasyl' Stus DonNU in their quest.
Professor Roman Grunyuk, Rector of Vasyl' Stus DonNU, was in attendance along with three other colleagues. During the visit, delegates met with Professor Cara Carmichael Aitchison, President and Vice Chancellor, key people involved in the internationalisation of Cardiff Met, which included Professor Mohamed Loutfi, Pro Vice Chancellor (International), and the Students' Union. In addition, a tour was given of the university's Llandaff campus and an overview of Vasyl' Stus DonNU was provided to Cardiff Met staff.
As a result of the project, Vasyl' Stus DonNU will receive guidance and support from Cardiff Met to enhance their own internationalisation strategy, which they will present to their university board and will be implemented by the project's end in February 2018. A number of visits between Vasyl' Stus DonNU and Cardiff Met are planned during this time.
Professor Mohamed Loutfi, Pro Vice Chancellor (International), said: 'The visit was a great opportunity to meet with colleagues from the Ukraine and begin the project activities. Through various scoping exercises we will work alongside Vasyl' Stus DonNU to effectively plan the way forward in internationalisation, using Cardiff Met as a best practice for this.'
Cardiff Met's President and Vice Chancellor, Professor Cara Carmichael Aitchison, commented on the visit: 'The relationship between Wales and the Ukraine is longstanding, especially as Welshman, John Hughes, founded the city of Donetsk in the 1800s. On behalf of Cardiff Met, we are delighted to be a part of this British Council project and look forward to working with Vasyl' Stus DonNU in strengthen these historical ties.'
Donetsk National University