Western Canadian Universities Connecting with Ukraine
By Boris Kishchuk, Chair, Canada-Ukraine Centre Inc.
December 10, 2012 -- With initiative from the Canada-Ukraine Centre Inc. based in Saskatoon, five western Canadian universities from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba are engaging in collaboration in agriculture, energy and health sciences with a number of Ukrainian universities located both in western and eastern Ukraine.
The Universities of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba as well as Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton have established the Prairie Agriculture Universities in Ukraine Consortium and are actively developing collaborative agreements that will feature student and faculty exchanges, joint research and professional development. The Ukrainian universities involved include the Kyiv National University of Life and Environmental Sciences, the Lviv National Agrarian University, the Sumy National Agrarian University, the Dnipropetrovsk State Agrarian University and the Kharkiv National Technical University in Agriculture. Following a mission to Ukraine in February 2012 by the Prairie Agriculture Universities in Ukraine Consortium, an assistant Professor of Food Processing at the Kharkiv National Technical University of Agriculture began, in September 2012, a one year-post doctoral fellowship at the College of Agriculture and Bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan.
The University of Regina has conducted an internship program with the Ivano-Frankivsk National University of Oil and Gas for the past 11 years. On the average four to five students from the Ivano-Frankivsk National University majoring in engineering, environmental sciences and business studies spend three months in Regina working with organizations such as SaskPower, the Petroleum Technical Research Centre and Prairie Adaptive Research Collaboration. A number of the students from Ukraine have, after the completion of their internship at the University of Regina, returned to the U of R for graduate studies.
On October 31, 2012 the University of Saskatchewan hosted an Interprovincial Symposium on Health Projects with Ukraine. Participants included representatives from the University of Alberta, the University of Saskatchewan, Grant MacEwan University, the University of Ottawa and the World Health Organization representative in Kyiv, Ukraine via webx. A number of potential areas of collaboration with Ukraine were discussed, particularly in tuberculosis, asthma, and hypertension. In addition the University of Manitoba is conducting a pilot study, funded by UNICEF, in the city of Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine on HIV/AIDS prevention amongst the adolescent and youth population.
The Canada-Ukraine Centre Inc. (CUC) is working with the above Canadian and Ukrainian universities in an organizational and coordinating role. In addition CUC has undertaken other projects in international business as well as assisting the City of Lviv, Ukraine in obtaining UNESCO heritage status and identifying Ukrainian developed technologies suitable for commercialization in Canada.
Top: Participants in a meeting of representatives of Canadian and Ukrainian agriculture universities held at the Canadian Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, Feb. 9, 2012
Above right: Participants in the Interprovincial Symposium on Health Projects in Ukraine held at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada, Oct. 31, 2012