New partnership agreement with Ukrainian university to provide support during conflict

Odessa Polytechnic National University in Ukraine

The partnership with Odessa Polytechnic National University will identify ways the University can support its Ukrainian partner during the current Russian conflict.

  • 15 September 2022
  • 2 min read

The University of Portsmouth has signed a new partnership agreement with Odessa Polytechnic National University in Ukraine, as part of the university sector’s #TwinForHope initiative.

The agreement is aimed at creating a long-term partnership, with the initial focus on identifying ways the University can support its Ukrainian partner during the current Russian conflict.

Dr Viacheslav Shobik, Vice-Rector of Odessa Polytechnic National University, and the University of Portsmouth’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement and Student Life) Chris Chang recently signed the Memorandum of Understanding at a special signing ceremony.

Chris Chang

We are honoured to sign this initiative with a similar university to ourselves, that is sadly experiencing very difficult times. We will act immediately to support our partners with the resources they need and we look forward to building a long-term relationship together.

Chris Chang, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement and Student Life)

The partnership will provide a support framework for both institutions to work together, as well as a range of academic collaboration activities. Potential areas of activity of mutual interest include support to Odessa’s academics and students, development of online materials, research groups and providing equipment.

The University is working with sector bodies, such as JISC and UUK International (and through them Cormack Consulting), in providing this support.

Chris Chang, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement and Student Life), said: “We are honoured to sign this initiative with a similar university to ourselves, that is sadly experiencing very difficult times. We will act immediately to support our partners with the resources they need and we look forward to building a long-term relationship together.”