Renowned Scholar Volodymyr Yevtukh and German Publisher Michael Ruiss become Honorary Doctors of Lesya Ukrainka Eastern European National University
Ihor Kotsan, Rector of Lesya Ukrainka Eastern European National University, awarded Volodymyr Yevtukh and Michael Ruiss the titles of the EENU Doctors Honoris Causa at a solemn meeting of the University Academic Council on December, 9th, 2014. Volodymyr Yevtukh is Full Professor, Doctor of Sciences, Director of the Institute of Sociology, Psychology and Social Communication of Mykhailo Drahomanov National Pedagogical University, Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Honored Scientist of Ukraine. Michael Ruiss is Editor and Publisher of TOP Magazin Frankfurt.
The inauguration was attended by His Eminence Mykhail, Metropolitan Bishop of Lutsk and Volyn; Volodymyr Hunchyk, Head of Volyn Regional State Administration; Valentyn Viter, Head of the Volyn Regional Council; Mykola Romaniuk, Mayor of Lutsk; Moritz Hunzinger, Mykhailo Drahomanov National Pedagogical University Honorary Professor of Public Relations and Communication; Serhii Shtepa, Professor of Mykhailo Drahomanov National Pedagogical University; Valentyna Zahreva, Head of the Education Department of the Regional State Administration; and Petro Boychuk, Director of Lutsk Pedagogical College.
In his speech, Rector Ihor Kotsan noted that the Doctor Honoris Causa title was the highest EENU award. It is conferred for significant achievements in education, science, culture and international relations. That is all about the important guests: Volodymyr Yevtukh has strong ties with the University. He has been collaborating with the teaching staff of the Institute of Social Sciences, Faculties of International Relations and Psychology for many years, supported our University in fostering student and teacher international exchange programs cooperation, initiated many international conferences, attracted foreign investments for the construction of the University Campus. Michael Ruiss, being involved as a representative of the European community in many educational, research and business projects, shared his experience in the field of successful magazine publishing.
After the ceremony, Professor Volodymyr Yevtukh addressed the Academic Council with words of gratitude and outlined the main aspects of cooperation with Lesya Ukrainka Eastern European National University. He promised to make every effort to invite European and U.S. professors to deliver lectures in our University. He mentioned that Evaluation of Scientific and Educational Programs for National Minorities seminar is to be held next year (the first innovation seminar Evaluation of Educational Space was held in Volyn in August, 2014). Finally, Professor expressed his readiness to support similar seminars holding in Frankfurt, Germany. All materials are published, because those who write are known.
Michael Ruiss thanked the EENU Academic Council for being awarded the Doctor Honoris Causa title: "This title is a sign to serve your university. However, it is the publisher’s duty to be devoted to education." Of course, the newly awarded Doctor Honoris Causa reminded the audience of the Euromaidan events, the current situation in the country and hopes for future. "Those bloody and courageous days of protests from November 2013 till February 2014 showed that the Ukrainian people was fighting for changes in Ukraine. Lesya Ukrainka, patriot of Ukraine, encouraged people always to be optimistic, no matter how difficult their life was. I wish all Ukrainians to be confident and strong in yourr life, and you will be free from invaders very soon. The Ukraine’s accession to the European Union will be the end of a long integration process. Europe can be perfect only with Ukraine as its indispensable part."
His Eminence Metropolitan Bishop Mykhayil congratulated the guests on being conferred these titles: "I am happy that the University Scientific Society has more noble people of Ukraine and the world in general. Remarkably, this ceremony takes place in Lutsk, former capital of Europe, where the First Congress of European Monarchs was held."
"Today's event testified the incentive to move to Europe. International cooperation will develop and strengthen the University, education and science in Ukraine", said Governor Volodymyr Hunchyk.
Finally, Volodymyr Yevtukh handed to our scientists and scholars the Mykhailo Drahomanov National Pedagogical University Medal "For Significant Contribution to the Dissemination of the Idea of Unity of Europe."
The inauguration ended with the chords of the famous "Gaudeamus".
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