Focusing on cooperation with Ukraine

The seminar “Ukrainian Perspectives” inaugurated the newly established multidisciplinary Ukrainian Studies.


The Ambassador of Ukraine to Finland, Mr Andriy Deshchytsia, and the Director of the Aleksanteri Institute, Professor Markku Kivinen opened the seminar “Ukrainian Perspectives” at the Aleksanteri Institute on September the 15th. The seminar inaugurated the newly established multidisciplinary Ukrainian Studies at the University of Helsinki.

As a part of the opening of the seminar, an agreement of cooperation was signed between the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (NaUKMA) and the University of Helsinki by the President Serhiy Kvit and the Rector Thomas Wilhelmsson. The University of Helsinki has signed over 80 bilateral agreements with leading universities in the world, and to a growing extent with non-EU top universities. The new agreement is a first agreement the University of Helsinki has with a Ukrainian counterpart.

In his opening remarks Markku Kivinen stated that Ukraine is in the core of Europe; a lesson that we Europeans have learnt in the past weeks. “Ukraine is a major power that emerged from the Soviet Union, yet the European Union has no clear and consistent policy for dealing with Ukraine”.

Thomas Wilhelmsson emphasised the need to develop an increased awareness of Ukraine as a large and important country. “We need to learn more about it. One day it will perhaps be a member of the European Union and Finland will need experts on Ukraine in the future”, Wilhelmsson continued.

The Ukrainian Studies is a multidisciplinary minor subject programme. It provides students with an opportunity to orient themselves to the language, culture, history and contemporary society of the country that has been the focus of growing interest. The study programme also deals with the social and economic development of the region.

It is open to all University of Helsinki students, exchange students and students studying at other Finnish universities through the Flexible Study Right Agreement (JOO).

Text: Karin Hannukainen
Photo: Ari Aalto
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