Dear Kyiv Polytechnics! The year 2023 is coming to an end. This is the year of the 125th anniversary of the university. Kyiv Polytechnics celebrated this significant date with hard work and significant achievements.
But this is another year of war, struggle and indomitability. For Kyiv Polytechnics, it was full of labor achievements and new challenges.

Scientists, teachers and students developed ground and aerial drones, medical equipment, applications for deminers ordered by our sappers and explosives experts, and many other types of equipment for the military.

We launched another research satellite into space. We worked on opening a center for prosthetics and rehabilitation of war wounded. This year, our scientific schools were united by a common goal - the development of the domestic defense industry. We want to be useful to our soldiers.

We studied, held innovative festivals and hackathons with breaks for air raids. We set all-Ukrainian volunteer records and donated.

In 2023, Kyiv Polytechnics became even stronger and more professional. We keep the educational rear. We strive to be a reliable support for the Defense Forces of Ukraine.

Unfortunately, this year our university family lost many worthy sons. In 2023, 25 polytechnics were killed. Among them are two students - Ruslan Shyrkov from FTI and Valerii Hrusiev from FEA - and 23 graduates of previous years. The FSP, MMI, and IATE suffered the greatest losses: six defenders of the Fatherland in each of these units remained forever in the heavenly ranks. Eternal glory to the heroes!

But this pain does not stop us. On the contrary, it obliges us to fight even harder and work even harder.
On the eve of Christmas and the New Year, let me wish all of us resilience, wisdom, and new achievements. Take care of yourself and your loved ones. Value your time. May the coming year 2024 be the year of Victory!

Rector of Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute Mykhailo Zgurovsky

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