On World Greek Language Day, the University of Western Macedonia held a two – day conference "Greek language and Greek culture-a legacy of 40 centuries". Natalia Voievutko, the Associate Professor of the Pedagogy and Education Department of Mariupol State University, attended the event. The professor made a report on the University's contribution to the promotion of the Greek language in Ukraine.
The conference was held under the auspices of the General Secretariat for Public Diplomacy and Greeks abroad of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece and the Ministry of education and religion of Greece. It was aimed at bringing together elinists from all over the world to discuss achievements and pressing issues, as well as to develop a common strategy for popularizing the Greek language.
The significant number and wide geography of participants is evidence of the relevance of the conference topic. Presentations were made by representatives from Greece, Italy, Belgium, Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Albania, Germany, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Georgia, the United States, Australia and South Africa.
At the beginning of the event, the participants were welcomed by the Rector of the University of Western Macedonia Theodoros Theodulidis, Deputy Minister of foreign affairs for Greeks abroad Kostas Vlasis, Chairman of the special permanent commission for Greeks abroad Savvas Anastasiades, Secretary General for Public Diplomacy and Greeks abroad of the Greek Foreign Ministry Giannis Chrysulakis, chairman of the Greek National Commission of UNESCO Ekaterina Papakhristopulu-Dzydzykosta, historian, chairman of the European cultural center of Delphi, formerly Rector of the Sorbonne Eleni Hlikandzy-Alveler.
Natalia Voievutko's participation in the conference is a continuation of the fruitful cooperation between the University of Mariupol and one of the leading institutions of higher education in Greece. Professor Eleni Hriva, the Head of the Greek Language Institute of the University of Western Macedonia, has repeatedly visited Mariupol State University with lectures, participated in scientific events of the Pedagogy and Education Department.
Since last year, the specialty "Modern Greek language" has been implemented in the specialty "Primary Education». It is in this direction that we cooperate with the University of Western Macedonia represented by Professor Eleni Hriva, in particular, we create joint textbooks, plan the participation of our students in Erasmus+ academic mobility programs. I am very glad to join the creation of the concept of promoting and strengthening the modern Greek language, which was initiated at this conference and found support from the Greek government,
– Associate Professor Natalia Voievutko.
Mariupol State University is a recognized Training Center for Hellenic philologists. Every year, the university graduates certified specialists – real experts in the modern Greek language, who successfully work in Mariupol, Ukraine and abroad.