From July 9 to July 13, 2018, the delegation of the ORIPA NAPA under the President of Ukraine headed by the Director Mykola Izha had a working visit to the School of Arts, English Language and Drama of the Loughborough University (Great Britain). In addition to the head of the institution, the delegation included: the head of the Ukrainian and Foreign Languages Department Natalia Kolisnichenko, professor of the Humanitarian and Socio-Political Sciences Department Svetlana Ovcharenko and leading specialist of the Communications Department Andrii Maiev.
On July 10, representatives of the Institute met with vice-chancellor of British university Professor Robert Alison, who warmly congratulated the Ukrainian delegation and noted the importance of international academic contacts. For his part, Mykola Izha thanked for the opportunity to visit the University of Loughborough and emphasized readiness to develop bilateral cooperation, which was launched in 2016.
Professor Nigel Wood and his colleagues Robert Harland, Gillian Whiteley and Antonia Liguori have prepared a heavy visit program, according to which Ukrainian experts had the opportunity to get acquainted with the infrastructure of the Loughborough University, to visit the exposition of contemporary art, audience, workshops and library. Representatives of the Institute also delivered presentations in which they presented to British colleagues the activities of the institution as a whole, as well as individual directions: international cooperation, general tendencies of management in the field of culture in Ukraine and features of linguistic preparation.
On July 11, members of the Ukrainian delegation were invited to meet with prof. Phillip Lindley and other scholars to discuss further cooperation and identify ways to fund joint initiatives. The parties reached preliminary agreement on participation in the international project "Cultural Bridges", which is implemented with the financial support of the British Council, intensification of academic exchanges, methodological and organizational support for the teaching of English.
During a research seminar under the presidency of the doctorate program coordinator at the Loughborough University, Brian Jarvis, the institute representatives found out about the peculiarities of conducting researches and communicated with postgraduates from the British institution. Mykola Izha briefed about the system of scholars training in Ukraine and invited British young scientists interested in management issues to visit Odessa in order to obtain practical materials for their research.
On July 12, according to the visit program, the delegation visited a branch of the University in London, where it became familiar with his current material and technical base. Director of the Institute for Design Innovation, Mikko Koria, spoke about the activities of his unit, emphasizing the role of design in the modern world.
On the final meeting with the organizers of the visit, Mykola Izha, on behalf of the entire delegation, sincerely thanked British colleagues for their hospitality and the opportunity provided to meet directly with one of the leading universities in the United Kingdom. Professor Nigel Wood, for his part, expressed satisfaction with the results of the visit and emphasized the importance of continued cooperation and implementation of the achieved agreements. According to the results of the visit, all Ukrainian participants received the corresponding certificates.
During their free time, the Institute's representatives learned about the cultural heritage of Great Britain, visited the historical monuments in the capital of the country - London and the William Shakespeare's home - Stratford-upon-Avon.