The final event of the week of the Republic of Poland at Bohdan Khmelnytsky National University of Cherkasy (since April 11, 2024) on April 18 was the solemn academy “Issues of Ukrainian-Polish cooperation in the context of Russia’s war against Ukraine.”

The moderator of the event was the Candidate of Historical Sciences, Head of the Department of World History and International Relations, Associate Professor Viktoriia Kireeva.

Scientific and pedagogical staff, as well as students of the Educational-Scientific Institute of International Relations, History and Philosophy, and the Educational-Scientific Institute of Foreign Languages ​​took an active part in the discussion from the Ukrainian side. From the Polish side, scientific and pedagogical staff and students of the University of Warsaw (Uniwersytet Warszawski) and the Pomeranian University in Słupsk (Poland) were involved.

The speech of Olha Haidai, an employee of the State Archive in Piotrków Trybunalski (Archiwum Państwowe w Piotrkowie Trybunalskim) and the University of Warsaw (Uniwersytet Warszawski), who spoke about the current opportunities for cooperation between Ukrainians and Poles within the framework of scientific programs, grants and scholarships, was extremely beneficial for Ukrainian students.

The presentation of Oleksandr Krasyuk, a 4th-year student majoring in International Relations, Social Communications and Regional Studies (specialty 291) focused on the Ukrainian-Polish security strategy in the conditions of Russian aggression. The student emphasized the importance of developing further cooperation between the countries and involvement Baltic States in this cooperation.

Krzysztof Konstanciuk, a student of the Ukrainian History Section of the University of Warsaw (Uniwersytet Warszawski), centered his report on the necessity for Ukrainians and Poles to jointly oppose Russian aggression, including in the cultural and intellectual spheres.

The students of the Educational-Scientific Institute of Foreign Languages ​​of BKNUC actively participated in the discussion, presenting to their Ukrainian and Polish colleagues a video film that explored the similarities and differences in Ukrainian and Polish cultures. The speech of Polish language teacher delegated by the National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) Michał Jastrzęmbski, was particularly substantive.

Overall, the participants of the video bridge Cherkasy – Warsaw – Słupsk, titled “Security Strategy through the Eyes of Youth”, discussed important issues of Ukrainian-Polish cooperation in wartime conditions, and the importance of respecting each other’s history and culture.

The Educational-Scientific Institute of International Relations, History and Philosophy

Photos: Violetta Kostenko, a first-year student majoring in “Journalism” at the Educational-Scientific Institute of Ukrainian Philology and Social Communications