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November 6, 2018

Defence Attaché of the Embassy of the Swiss Confederation in Ukraine Urs Sulser Visits Karazin University (video)


On November 5, 2018, the Defence Attaché of the Embassy of the Swiss Confederation in Ukraine, Colonel Urs Sulser, paid an official visit to Karazin University.

Within the framework of the visit, Urs Sulser met with the Vice-President Anton Panteleimonov, the Head of the International Relations Department, Oleksandr Khyzhniak, and the Head of the International Activity Organization, Oleksandr Fadieiev. The Vice-President told about the activities of the University and its recognition at the international level, which is confirmed by world university rankings (QS World University Rankings, the Shanghai Ranking, and the Times Higher Education Ranking). The parties discussed the University’s cooperation with Switzerland, which has lasted for more than 25 years.

During the meeting, Urs Sulser, Karazin University administration, instructors and researchers discussed the geopolitical situation in Ukraine and Kharkiv region.

“What many Ukrainians knew only from textbooks, in particular the words ‘wounded’, ‘hospital’, ‘migrant’, ‘amputee’, became our reality. We are forced to be in a boundary situation, so we have to transform a living history as a process into a history as an interpretation and to comprehend dramatic events through video fixation. In particular, our Department produces media content, makes movies. It is necessary to keep memories alive,” said the Head of the Department of Media Communications of the School of Sociology, Lidiia Starodubtseva. In her opinion, the main task today is to testify about what is happening, to conduct research, to create a new media product that will show the dramatic period in the history of our country’s development.

The sixth-year student of the School of Sociology Ruslan Zaporozhchenko said that Switzerland has always been known for the qualitative military training. According to him, the Ukrainian army is currently a differentiated organization, which in 2014 was a self-organization. Indeed, that year many people who went to defend the country’s territory, its right of sovereignty and independence, did not have any special education. Since then, assistance has been received and training has begun to improve. In Ruslan’s opinion, having weapon does mean knowing how to use it. So the training of highly-skilled officers is a guarantee of good governance in the army, and Switzerland’s participation in counseling is the best option, given its neutrality status.

“Switzerland is a neutral country. However, we provide humanitarian assistance. In particular, the International Committee of the Red Cross of Switzerland provides active support,” commented Urs Sulser.

At the end, the Defence Attaché of the Embassy of the Swiss Confederation in Ukraine visited the University Museum of Archaeology and the History Museum.

Translation by Veronika Vetukhova

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