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MSU was visited by the President of the Republic of Cyprus
Demetris Christofias

On July, 3-5, 2011 the President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias paid the official visit to Ukraine for the first time in the history of Ukrainian and Cyprian relations.

On July, 4 in Kiev he conducted meetings and negotiations with the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, the First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine – the Minister of Economical Development and Trade Andrey Klyuev, the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Vladimir Litvin.

A number of agreements, in particular the Intergovernmental agreement on economical, scientific, technical and industrial cooperation, the Intergovernmental agreement in the field of defense, the Intergovernmental agreement on the international transport, the Intergovernmental agreement on mutual protection of the information with restricted access, Memorandum on mutual understanding of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and Cyprus, on the cooperation in the issue related to the EU have been signed.

On July, 5 the President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias visited Mariupol State University. Traditionally the guests were met with bread and salt and national dance in the square in front of the university’s main building.

The key moment of the program of President’s visit was assigning the title of the Honorary Professor of Mariupol State University to Demetris Christofias. The solemn ceremony was held in the assembly hall of the university at the open meeting of the Scientific Council, teachers and students of MSU.

The rector of MSU, Professor Konstantin Balabanov in his speech emphasized that the Republic of Cyprus is one of the most important strategic partners for Mariupol State University. The university is given the comprehensive assistance and support by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Education and Culture, Press-service of the Government of Cyprus. MSU also signed the agreements about cooperation with the University of Cyprus, Frederick’s University, the University of Nikosia. A lot of projects and programs are carried out in cooperation with the Fund “Anastasios G.Levendis” that gives great assistance for the development of the university. MSU students and teachers take part in numerous scientific, educational and cultural programs in the Republic of Cyprus financed by the Cyprian partners. In particular, among these programs we should mention internships of students of International Relations Department of MSU in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus and students of Journalism Department in the Press-service of the Government of Cyprus.

Demetris Christofias in his response speech stressed that special attention in the development of the intergovernmental Ukrainian and Cyprian relations is attached to the scientific and educational cooperation between establishments of two countries. According to the President of the Republic of Cyprus, the education is the bridge between cultures. In friendly countries, historically connected with Cyprus, the education can and must play the specific strengthening role. The example of such partnership relations is the cooperation between the Tourism and Hotel Management College and Mariupol State University as well as the cooperation between the University of Cyprus and MSU.

Mr Christofias expressed his gratitude and deep respect to the Rector of Mariupol State University, Professor Konstantin Balabanov for his contribution into educational cooperation between two countries and for his work as the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Cyprus in Mariupol.

In the process of discussion with the journalists, Demetris Christofias made an official statement on the occasion of his assignment as the Honorary Professor of MSU and the honorary citizen of Mariupol. At the end of his visit the President made a note in the Book of Honorary guests of the university.

Business relationships between Mariupol state university and the Republic of Cyprus become a vivid example of effective international cooperation that is of great importance for both the university and strengthening of friendship between Ukraine and Cyprus. We have every reason to believe that this visit will become a new bright page in the history of partnership relationships of Mariupol State University and the Republic of Cyprus.

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