The University for Continuing Education Krems and the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv agreed on enhancing their cooperation. The rector of the University Krems, Friedrich Faulhammer, signed a pertinent Memorandum of Understanding on December 13th. The signing of the Memorandum lay at the core of a study visit by a Ukrainian delegation to Krems.

During the visit at the University for Continuing Education Krems, the Ukrainian delegation, headed by Prof. Dr. Ganna Tolstanova, Vice-Rector for Research at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (TSNUK), had the opportunity to gain comprehensive insights into teaching and research activities on Campus Krems. The five-day study visit constituted a “staff mobility for training“ under the EU-Programme Erasmus+. It allowed for a vivid exchange with various university colleagues and mutual learning on different topics ranging from A like acquisition of third-party funding to Z like zero hunger / the promotion of sustainable agriculture as one of the 16 Sustainable Development Goals that both Universities adhere to. The impetus for the visit and the future cooperation goes back to Prof. Dr. Iryna Izarova, Guest Researcher at the Department for Legal Studies and International Relations.

Focus areas of future collaboration

Mag. Friedrich Faulhammer, Rector of the University for Continuing Education, counter-signed the Memorandum of Understanding already signed by TSNUK Rector Prof. Volodymyr Bugrov. The agreement foresees applying for joint research projects in EU funding programmes and thereby sharing expertise and resources. Moreover, the Universities will facilitate the exchange of lecturers and the mutual appointment of visiting professors. Particular attention will be given to jointly developing a programme at the University of Continuing Education Krems, aimed at preparing Ukrainian decision-makers for EU accession negotiations. This strand of cooperation, being pursued by the Department for Legal Studies and International Relations under Prof. DDr. Thomas Ratka, LL.M., will bear particular significance in light of the recent decision of the European Council to open accession negotiations with Ukraine.

The Erasmus+ study visit was organised by the Department for Legal Studies and International Relations and the European Documentation Centre Krems with support by the Service Center for International Relations.


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