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Within the premises of MSU there was created the Center for Baltic-Black Sea Region Studies funded by the EU Erasmus+ Program

On October 29 Baltic-Black Sea regional researches Center, created within the frameworks of implementing the Erasmus+ project “Rethinking Regional Studies: The Baltic-Black Sea connection”, started to work at Mariupol State University.

The project is funded by the EU and implemented with the participation of leading universities of Ukraine, Estonia, Poland, Sweden and Lithuania. It provides the creation of English-language Master’s degree programs for international students, aimed for in-deep study of Baltic-Black Sea region.


The first event , which was held on the base of the Center became a working meeting of the representatives of the National Erasmus+ office in Ukraineand universities-participants of the project, such as: The University of Tartu (Estonia), Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (Poland), Lund University (Sweden), Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania), MSU, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Odesa I. I. Mechnikov National University, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.


From October 29 to 31 the international group of participants of the project will work on the coordination of the curriculum of English-language Master’s degree program. Besides, the city tour and visiting of Mariupol Sea Port will be arranged for non-resident and foreign students.


As the Vice-Rector for International Cooperation, Professor Mykola Trofymenko said, Ukraine is located in such a unique geopolitical region as Intermarium (between Baltic and Black Seas) and the countries of this region are close not only in terms of geography, but also history, economy and culture. They face similar challenges and threats that is why only the countries of Baltic and Black Sea regions give a great diplomatic and humanitarian aid for Ukraine.


The main task of the center, created on a base of Mariupol State University will be the promotion of the comprehensive cooperation of MSU, Mariupol and Ukraine with the countries of Baltic and Black Sea region.


“On the base of the Center, Master’s Degree students and Ph.D. candidates of the university will conduct scientific researches on this topic. We also will initiate the study of languages of these countries. Nowadays, it is very important for our country to have specialists, who will understand the processes taking place in the Baltic-Black Sea region and will use this knowledge in the interests of Ukraine”,

– Mykola Trofymenko.


According to the results of the project on the specialty "International Relations" in MSU there will be a specialization related to the study of the Baltic-Black Sea region, and students and teachers who will work on this topic will be able to practice at universities in Estonia, Sweden, Lithuania and Poland.


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