On June 21 - 23, 2017, the delegation of Loughborough University School of Arts, English and Drama (Great Britain) visited the Institute. The delegation comprised of Prof. Nigel Paul Wood, Dr. Robert George Harland, Dr. Antonia Liguori, Dr. Gillian Marie Whiteley.
On June 21, the British university representatives held an official meeting with the Institute Director Professor, Dr. Mykola Izha, who sincerely greeted the guests, and outlined the basic directions of our educational establishment's activity. In particular, the guests got to know the peculiarities of Ukraine's managerial staff training system, the Institute's founding history, its faculties and specialties, and international cooperation, as well as the features of studying the foreign languages here.
For his part, the British delegation head Professor Nigel Wood thanked for a chance to visit Odessa and get acquainted with the Institute, and emphasized the sheer importance of developing the intercultural contacts between Great Britain and Ukraine, and also expressed his hope that the cooperation between the partner HEIs would be amplified further on.
After the meeting, the delegation members visited ORIPA NAPA's museum, educational rooms, assembly hall, as well as the Regional Policy and Public Administration Department, Distance Learning Center, and the library.
During their meeting with the scientific and pedagogical staff of the Philosophy and Socio-Political Sciences, and Ukrainian and Foreign Languages departments, the guests had an opportunity to get acquainted with the departments' basic research direction, scientific interests of the staff, as well as the previous history of cooperation with the British HEIs. On top of that, the Philosophy and Socio-Political Sciences Department Head Professor Oleksiy Yakubovskiy told the visitors about Odessa City founding history, and its first mayors.
On June 22, the British lecturers took part in the "Modern Cultural Practices for Community Development" Symposium held at the Institute. During the event, the following speeches were presented to the participants: "Aspects of the Cultural Public Sphere and the Needs of Community" (Professor Nigel Wood), "Art, Culture and Community - Making Research Connect" (Dr. Gillian Whiteley), "Understanding Urban Graphic Images" (Dr. Robert Harland), and "Storying' the Cultural Heritage" (Dr. Antonia Liguori). The symposium aroused great interest of both our Institute's and other HEIs' scientific and pedagogical staff, students and PhD students, as well the public administration bodies' and cultural sphere staff, and public figures.
On June 23, a visit to Odessa Cinema Studio was organized for the delegation members, so that they could get acquainted with the history of cinema in Odessa, and the art projects having been carried out here.
During the meeting with Odessa Regional State Administration Culture, Nationalities, Religions and Cultural Heritage Protection Department Deputy Head Mrs. Yaroslava Riznikova, the British specialists learnt about Odessa's multinationality, as well as the cultural sphere projects supported by the public administration bodies. A preliminary agreement on establishing the professional contacts and carrying out the joint projects was reached.
A rich cultural program has been prepared for the guests from Great Britain, including a walking tour through Odessa's downtown, and visits to Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater, Modern Art Museum and "Nemo" Dolphinarium.
This visit became yet another step towards realization of the Academic Cooperation Mutual Understanding Memorandum having been signed between the HIEs in 2016. The sides agreed to continue the cooperation in the next academic year, in particular, in the scientific and editorial spheres, as well as to carry out the academic exchanges, and realize the joint projects.