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Lessons about Ukraine for Students from the US

News2013-02-07

In January, 18 students from St. Thomas University participated in a week long course at UCU.

During the week long course, students of political science had lectures from Professors Yaroslav Hrystyak, Aleksander Baklanov, Maryan Karapinka, Myroslav Marynovych, Yaroslav Prytuly, and Maryana Burak. The topics of the lectures covered themes such as the history of Ukraine, religion and freedom, the identity of Church and society, as well as Ukraine’s economical history and its modern trends.

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During city tour in Lviv

The organizers of this week long course were the Ukrainian Catholic University’s School of Ukrainian Language and Culture and the Department of International Academic Relations.

 

By the words of one of the organizers of this course – Roman Vaskiv, director of the School of Ukrainian Language and Culture – it was interesting for the American students to learn about the current situation in Ukraine. Before their visit to UCU, the future political scientists also took part in a course at a Catholic university in Lublin and Minsk. Because of this, they were able to compare three post-Soviet countries in how they have evolved since the fall of the Soviet Union, their current political situations, etc.

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Zhovkva, small city near Lviv

As Roman Vaskiv said, the students that came to UCU were young, and this was their first trip across the borders of their home country. “Some of them had heard about Ukraine, some had a superficial understanding about us, but this week long course was undoubtedly informative. Many American students don’t understand why there still isn’t economic progress in Ukrainian society, and why the public is not fully active. For them it was difficult to understand our political situation in terms of its own context, but I believe this course helped improve their understanding” – summarized the organizer.

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Ihor Lylio - city guide

Some of the students are interested in visiting Ukraine and the Ukrainian Catholic University again, especially to attend the Summer Ukrainian Language and Culture Program at UCU.

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Krehiv - old monastery near Lviv