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06/14/2024 14:05

European University Viadrina holds the opening ceremony of the Competence Network Interdisciplinary Ukrainian Studies

Michaela Grün Abteilung für Hochschulkommunikation
Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)

    On Thursday, 11 July 2024, the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) will officially open the Competence Network Interdisciplinary Ukrainian Studies Frankfurt (Oder) - Berlin (KIU). Prominent representatives from politics and research will be present at the opening, including the Ambassador of Ukraine to Germany, H.E. Oleksii Makeiev, Member of the Bundestag Dr Anton Hofreiter as well as renowned researchers from Germany, Ukraine, Switzerland and Canada.

    The KIU is a project funded by the German Academic Exchange Service to strengthen Ukraine-related research, teaching, networking and transfer activities for four years. In addition to the Viadrina, the Center for East European and International Studies Berlin (ZOiS), the Humboldt University Berlin, the Free University Berlin, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin are part of the competence network.

    The ceremony starts at 4 p.m. in the Logensaal of the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder). The event will be held in English. Further information and the registration form can be found at

    For those who are unable to attend, Viadrina is offering a livestream, which can be followed online on the day of the event at


    Welcoming remarks:

    • Prof. Dr. Eduard Mühle, President, European University Viadrina
    • H.E. Oleksii Makheiev, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Federal Republic of Germany
    • Dr. Kai Sicks, Secretary General, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

    Keynote Lecture from Prof. Dr. Tamara Hundorova, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

    Panel Discussion "Ukrainian self-determination: challenge and prospect for Europe" with:

    • Prof. Dr. Dominique Arel, Chair of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Ottawa, Canada
    • Dr. Anton Hofreiter, MdB, Chairman of the Committee on European Affairs in the German Bundestag
    • Prof. Dr. Gwendolyn Sasse, Director of the Center for East European and International Studies (ZOiS), Einstein Professor for the Comparative Study of Democracy and Authoritarianism at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
    • Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schmid, Professor of East European Studies University of St. Gallen
    • Prof. Inna Sovsun PhD, MP, Member of the Committee on Energy, Housing and Utilities Services of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Professor at Kyiv School of Economics and National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy
    • Prof. Dr. Mychailo Wynnyckyj, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine, Professor of Sociology, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

    Outlook "KIU: Prospects for Interdisciplinary Ukrainian Studies" by

    • Dr. Susann Worschech, Scientific Coordinator of the Competence Network Interdisciplinary Ukrainian Studies Frankfurt (Oder) – Berlin


    From 8 p.m., the opening ceremony will conclude with a concert by the Ukrainian ethno-jazz band GANNA Ensemble in the student’s club “Stuck”, Lindenstrasse 7, Frankfurt (Oder).

    More information:


    Flags of EU and Ukraine at Viadrina University
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