January 25, the President of the Ukrainian-Arab Business Council Sheikh Imad Abu Al-Rub and leaders of this organization visited Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute.
The guests were met by vice-rector for International Affairs, corresponding member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Serhii Sydorenko, deputy vice-rector for International Affairs Kseniia Yudkova, deputy vice-rector for International Relations and head of the International Projects Department Serhii Shukaiev, deputy Vice-Rector for Research Ihor Lytvynov and others.
The Ukrainian-Arab Business Council was established two years ago with the goal of developing comprehensive contacts between Ukraine and the states of the Arab world. Now representatives of the UABC cooperate with the Ukrainian government. Moreover, they, as experts, cooperate with all intergovernmental commissions established by Ukraine with the Arab states. Now, any of the events that are taking place in Ukraine with the participation of these countries are not held without the participation of representatives of the UABC. The organization works in almost all spheres for which business and cultural contacts with countries of the Arab world can be interesting. One of the most promising spheres of cooperation in this sense is higher education and one of the most interesting partners, according to Sheikh Imad Abu Al-Rub, is Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute.
The meeting participants discussed the development and deepening of scientific and educational ties between Ukraine and the countries of the Arab world, an increase in the number of Arab students in Ukrainian universities, particularly at Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, as well as the development of scientific and technical cooperation between the Ukrainian and Arab universities. Serhii Sydorenko told about the possible directions of such cooperation, which could give a quick impression. Among them is cooperation in the development of the military-industrial complex, agricultural technology, information technologies, new materials, biotechnologies, etc. In addition, from the Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute side, there was also a proposal to create a joint Ukrainian-Arab center on its basis, which could assume the role of “bridge of cooperation” between Ukrainian universities and educational institutions and other interested institutions of Arab countries.
Finally, representatives of the UABC and Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute agreed to prepare a memorandum of cooperation, which should reflect its main directions and forms.