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Live from Kiev, a virtual co-hosted event between the University of Portsmouth and the Ukraine Ministry of Education will take place this Friday.

7 December 2023

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The University of Portsmouth is once again working with the Ukraine Ministry of Education to host a virtual event in Kiev tomorrow (8 December). 

It will showcase the findings of another 14 research projects from a partnership agreement between the University and Odesa Polytechnic National University

Last year, Portsmouth was one of 33 UK universities to have been awarded funding through the UK-Ukraine Research and Innovation twinning grants scheme – provided by UKRI’s Research England.

The funding, which marked the one-year anniversary of the UK-Ukraine Twinning Initiative, coordinated by Cormack Consultancy Group and the President’s Fund of Ukraine for Education, Science, and Sports with the support of Universities UK International, supported 26 research and innovations projects between Portsmouth and Odesa universities.

The virtual roadshow ‘Building a Future Ukraine: Collaborative Research promoting economic, social and cultural wellbeing' is taking place in Odesa, in conjunction with the Ukraine Ministry of Education. The aim of the event is to share as widely as possible the findings of the projects and spark further cross-institutional collaborations.

Examples of some of the research and innovation projects being presented in the second round of the roadshow include:

  •  Smart carbon fibre-adhesive composite repairs and innovative constructional composites for enhancing damaged infrastructures in Ukraine.
  • Inclusive and Frugal Innovation System for Military Technologies and Needs in Ukraine.
  • Dynamic Capabilities building in Ukrainian SMEs for development and growth in the framework of post- war restoration of territorial communities of Ukraine.
  • Digitized Educational Practices: Hybrid and Connected Learning Models for Ukrainian Higher Education Institutions at the Times of Conflict.

The first event, which took place in October, showcased a number of other studies including an examination of Ukraine’s nuclear power industry, vulnerable women and children in Ukraine, and digital learning in Ukrainian education.

I am sure that the results of our mutual collaboration will inevitably have a wider impact in helping to secure a brighter future for the war-torn country.

 

Dr Andrii Zharikov, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Business and Law

Dr Andrii Zharikov, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Business and Law at the University of Portsmouth and Academic Lead for Odesa Polytechnic National University, said: “Following a very inspiring first round of the virtual roadshow, it is a great pleasure to be involved in the showcasing of another fourteen projects that have been implemented via our research partnership with Odesa academics. 

“I am sure that the results of our mutual collaboration will inevitably have a wider impact in helping to secure a brighter future for the war-torn country.”

The free online event runs from 8am to 2pm UK time and guests can join virtually here.

The University’s agreement with Odesa Polytechnic National University is aimed at creating a long-term partnership, with the focus on identifying ways the University can support its Ukrainian partner during the current Russian conflict. The agreement is part of the university sector’s #TwinForHope initiative.

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

The University is also providing funding for a Masters student from Odesa to undertake a fully-funded PhD at Portsmouth. The Portsmouth-Odesa PhD bursary will allow the student to come to Portsmouth to continue their research studies.