The rector of KrNU held a partnership meeting with the administration of the University of Leicester (Great Britain)

On July 7, the Rector of the Kremenchuk Mykhailo Otrohradskyi National University (KrNU) Professor Mykhaylo Zagirnyak held a meeting with the administration of the University of Leicester* (UoL, Great Britain). The British university may become a partner of KrNU in the framework of the implementation of the international initiative "Unification".

The first introductory meeting of the management of the two universities took place in an online format at the DC office of KrNU. The organizer of the meeting is the British consulting company Cormack Consultancy Group (CCG). At the preparatory stage, the Center for International Activities of KrNU interacted with the CCG.

CCG is a leading consulting service in the UK higher education market, has been cooperating with universities in Ukraine for four years. The company initiated the "Union" project, the purpose of which is to find suitable partners for Ukrainian HEIs among universities in the UK (the first partner), the USA, the EU and Canada. CCG selects a partner educational institution according to areas of activity, educational programs, areas of scientific research, etc.

It was based on these indicators that CCG chose the University of Leicester as a partner for KrNU. The task of the partner institution is to provide the necessary support to the Ukrainian Armed Forces during the war, as well as in the long term.

At the first introductory meeting the KrNU was represented by:

1) prof. Mykhaylo Zagirnyak, D.Sc. in Engineering, Rector of KrNU, Academician (a full member) of the National Academy of Pedagogic Sciences of Ukraine;

2) prof. Denys Zagirniak, D.Sc. in Economics, Professor of the Department of Account and Finance, Head of the Centre for monitoring educational quality and academic integrity of KrNU;

3) assoc. prof. Viktoriia Perevozniuk, PhD in Pedagogy, a Docent of the department of Linguistic Didactics and Journalism;

4) assoc. prof. Dmytro Mamchur, PhD in Engineering, the University Manager of the Erasmus+ dComFra Project, a Docent of the Computer Engineering and Electronics Department;

5) assoc. prof. Andrii Gladyr, PhD in Engineering, Director of the Center for
International Activity.

The University of Leicester was represented by:

1) Geoff Green, University Registrar & Secretary;

2) Professor Sarah Davies, Pro Vice-Chancellor & Head of College for Science & Engineering;

3) Professor Henrietta OConnor, Pro Vice-Chancellor & Head of College for Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities;

4) Mr. Phil Horspool, Director of the Centre for International Training & Education;

5) Professor Dan Ladley, Dean of the University of Leicester Business School;

6) Professor Chris Wilkins, Head of School of Education.

Director of the Center for International Activities of KrNU, associate professor Andrii Gladyr, told his British colleagues about KrNUand the city of Kremenchuk.

The Rector Professor Mykhaylo Zagirnyak began his speech with information about the war in Ukraine. He noted that currently some of Kremenchuk`s industrial facilities - in particular, the oil refinery and the city`s thermal power plant - have been completely destroyed by the Russian occupiers. He also reported on the devastating Russian missile attack on the largest Kremenchug shopping center "Amstor" and on the deaths as a result of this terrorist attack. The British colleagues expressed their sincere sympathy to the residents of Kremenchug and their indignation at the actions of the Russians, who are destroying the civilian population of Ukraine. As it turned out, the British colleagues have information about the missile attack on "Amstor".

The rector of KrNU emphasized that despite all difficulties of the wartime, university scientists believe in the victory of Ukraine in this war, and are sincerely interested in effective cooperation with their British colleagues. He noted that Kremenchug scientists are ready to cooperate in such areas as electrical engineering, ecology, computer science, as well as humanitarian sciences (psychology, pedagogy).

For their part, representatives of the University of Leicester and the CCG company outlined the directions in which they are ready to provide assistance to KrNU:

- organization of international exchanges of students and teachers;

provision of modern computer equipment for a high-quality online learning process;

- free access to the most powerful global databases (USA, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, etc.).

As a result, the HEIs agreed that KrNU will provide British colleagues with detailed written proposals regarding the desired areas of cooperation and support. In the near future, similar meetings for the development of partnership will take place every week until the signing of the cooperation agreement between the universities.

For reference:

The University of Leicester is a public research university based in Leicester, England. The main campus is south of the city centre, adjacent to Victoria Park. The university`s predecessor, University College, founded in 1921, gained university status in 1957. Currently, 17,055 students study at the institution. The number of teachers is more than 2000. It is the only university that has received the Times Higher Education Award for seven years in a row. His motto: Ut Vitam Habeant - "So that they may have life". This is connected with the history of the establishment of the educational institution - the land for its construction was donated by the local textile manufacturer Thomas Fielding Johnson. He wanted the university to become a symbolic monument to those who died in the First World War.