The second partnership meeting of contact groups of KrNU and the University of Leicester (Great Britain)

On July 18, the second meeting of contact groups of the Kremenchuk Mykhailo Otrohradskyi National University (KrNU) and the University of Leicester* (UoL), Great Britain, took place. A package of proposals for cooperation in certain areas of scientific activity was handed over to British colleagues by the KrNU team. The final goal of the meetings is to sign an agreement on cooperation between KrNU and the University of Leicester as part of the implementation of the international "Twinning" initiative.

The meeting was held online in the Digital Competence Office (DC-office) of KrNU. The organizer of the meeting is the British consulting company Cormack Consultancy Group (CCG). CCG mediates the negotiations between KrNU and UoL. It is CCG that is the author of the idea and implementer of the international initiative "Twinning", the purpose of which is to find partner universities for Ukrainian higher education institutions in Great Britain, the USA, Canada, and Europe. These should be institutions that will be able to provide support to Ukrainian universities during the war and, subsequently, in the long term.

KrNU was represented at the meeting by Rector Professor Mykhaylo Zagirnyak and a group of KrNU`s scientists participating in the project. The team of British negotiators was headed by the University Registrar & Secretary of the UoL Mr. Geoff Green.

Director of the Center for International Activities of KrNU, associate professor Andrii Gladyr, presented proposals for cooperation to British colleagues in detail. The package included 29 thematic areas of scientific activity. They were prepared by specialists of institutes and departments of the university. The largest number of proposals (12) was provided by the Institute of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies. All heads of thematic areas are fluent enough in English. The British colleagues noted the thoroughness of the materials submitted by KrNU.

Rector Professor Mykhaylo Zagirnyak appealed to his British colleagues to join the international conferences held by KrNU. He also noted that it would be interesting for KrNU`s scientists to participate in conferences organized by the University of Leicester.

KrNU scientists offered many more ideas for cooperation. In particular, Professor Denys Zagirniak spoke about the quality of education and about holding a series of meetings with the guarantors of educational programs in order to study the system of ensuring the quality of education at the University of Leicester.

Docent Viktoriia Perevozniuk proposed holding round tables and regular meetings of Ukrainian and British students with the aim of acquiring the conversational practice and more advanced study of the English language. The British, for their part, once again confirmed that they are ready to organize academic exchanges of students and teachers.

The British colleagues were also introduced to the prospective development plan of the KrNU, because it is possible that among the projects planned for implementation there may be some that will interest the University of Leicester and encourage them to participate in their implementation.

Within two weeks, the British side should study KrNU`s proposals and decide in which directions cooperation between the universities is possible, and in the implementation of which projects the British higher education institution could assist the Ukrainian one.

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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.