Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic in Ukraine Ivan Počuch visited Lviv University, where he met Rector, Professor Volodymyr Melnyk, vice-rector for scientific and pedagogical work and international cooperation Mariya Zubrytska, deputy dean of the Faculty of International Relations Igor Byk. The representatives of the University as well as Czech diplomats and Consul of General Consulate of the Czech Republic in Lviv Valery Fyuleova were conducting the dialogue.
During the conversation with the Ambassador, Rector of the University highlighted that its international cooperation with leading foreign universities and scientific institutions became more intense in view of the European integration processes in Ukraine.
“About a thousand of our students and teachers are on different types of internships abroad and about the same number of foreigners stay at our University. Lviv University is one of the Ukrainian universities where students can learn all the Slavic languages “, – said Volodymyr Melnyk.
Vice Rector Maria Zubrytska told about cooperation of Lviv University with the major universities of the Czech Republic as well as the development of the University bohemia studies.
University representatives noted the tendency to increase the students’ interest in learning the Czech language and extending knowledge in the rich Czech culture.
“More than 100 students annually are willing to learn the Czech language. Hence, we will continue to guest native speakers to lecture our students to master Czech better”- shared his plans Rector of the University.
In addition, Vice rector Mariya Zubrytska added: “Lviv University in cooperation with Charles University intends to implement joint masters programs and certification courses, and participate in projects within Visegrad Fund programs”.
Czech diplomat eagerly supported the initiative of the administration of the University and assured their support in educational projects.
“Supporting the transition of Ukrainian universities to European standards includes projects of Czech-Ukrainian cooperation between universities. These projects aim to assist in implementing democratic principles in university government, building capacity to attract international mobility programs for students and preparing new educational programs “, – said Ivan Počuch.
The participants outlined the ways of development of Ukrainian-Czech cooperation in higher education and discussed accurate steps of the initiatives during the talks.