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#34, July 2013

DZVINKA KACHUR - INSPIRED BY NaUKMA
UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD WILL BENEFIT UKRAINE

Dzvinka Kachur Dzvinka Kachur is a Ph.D. candidate in Environmental Sciences and Policy. Ms. Kachur completed her Master's degree in Environmental Sciences at National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy in 2005, another Master's degree in Nature, Society and Environmental Policy at Oxford University a year later, and she continues her work toward her doctorate at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.

Her fascinating professional background led to her current position in an 18-month program monitoring and evaluating programs in South Africa with local NGOs.

Dzvinka Kachur will be returning to Ukraine soon. She considers her new understanding of other societies to be of great benefit for her work in Ukraine's transitional period. In her recent interview, Ms. Kachur commented that her years at Kyiv Mohyla Academy provided her with lifelong friendships and unique contacts. She commented, "This is perhaps the most important benefit of my life at Kyiv Mohyla Academy — the lifelong friendships and the understanding that education is a lifelong learning process. I wish to all students to open their minds to the world and other people, and to stay in touch with them throughout their lives."

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NaUKMA RECEIVES AWARD FROM "Zavtra.UA" PINCHUK PROGRAM

Victor Pinchuk Fund Zavtra National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy received the 2012-2013 Best Partner Award for an Institution of Higher Learning from the Victor Pinchuk Fund's Zavtra.UA Scholarship Program.

Established by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, the Zavtra.UA scholarship program is the first privately funded initiative in Ukraine for the support of gifted youth.

Its main goal is to facilitate the formation and strengthening of a new generation of intellectual and business elites in Ukraine. The program is intended to help gifted young students find the best positions in different areas of business and public life that correspond to their intellectual and professional abilities, and to help them become a driving force of progressive changes in Ukraine.Zavtra.UA scholarship holders are annually elected through open nation-wide competition.

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PROFESSOR YURIY M. BAZHAL RECEIVED UKRAINE'S HIGHEST AWARD

Yuriy M. Bazhal, head of the Kyiv Mohyla Department of Economic Theory Yuriy M. Bazhal, head of the Kyiv Mohyla Department of Economic Theory, was awarded Ukraine's 2012 National Award in Research and Technology for his academic work published as, "Implementation of Strategy for Innovative Development Based on New Algorithms in Management". Ukraine's President Victor Yanukovych announced the award in a Presidential Decree dated May 16, 2013.

Professor Yuriy M. Bazhal has a doctorate in economics. He is a renowned member of the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, author of over 160 publications, among them 14 individual and collective monographs and 5 text books, numerous publications endorsed by the Ministry of Education of Ukraine, and many articles in leading international and Ukrainian academic journals.

Dr. Bazhal has been recognized for his contribution to the theory and practice of innovations management, and to the development of a state innovation policy.

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MICHIO KAKU, RENOWN PHYSICIST AT KYIV-MOHYLA ACADEMY

Dr. Michio Kaku, American theoretical physicist Dr. Michio Kaku, American theoretical physicist, presented a lecture at National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy on May 27. The university's Assembly Hall at the Culture and Art Center was filled to its 900 capacity. Other assembly halls and facilities at the university's campus were also filled with viewers who watched the lecture on television monitors, and filled social media sites with comments and photographs of the event.

Dr. Michio Kaku was a special guest of the 6th "Zavtra.UA" Youth Forum, "From Idea to Action", which took place in Kyiv on May 25-27. The renowned scientist met with the winners of the Zavtra.UA nationwide scholarship program of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation and participated in the Forum Award Ceremony.

Dr. Michio Kaku, co-creator of the string field theory, shared his vision on the possibilities of future technological revolutionary developments that will change lives and alter the course of civilization itself. Each of his books, publications, or speeches is meant to explain complex scientific theories and laws of the universe in a simple but fascinating language.

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JOSE CASANOVA, SCHOLAR ON SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION SPEAKS AT NaUKMA

José Casanova José Casanova, one of the world's scholars in the sociology of religion, spoke at Kyiv Mohyla Academy on June 18. Dr. Casanova spoke on Secular Regimes and Religious Dynamics in Post-Soviet Societies: A Comparative Analysis of East Germany, Poland, Ukraine, and Russia.

José Casanova is a professor at the Department of Sociology at Georgetown University, and heads the Berkley Center's Program on Globalization, Religion and the Secular.

Dr. Casanova has published works in a broad range of subjects, including religion and globalization, migration and religious pluralism, transnational religions, and sociological theory. His best-known work, Public Religions in the Modern World (1994), has become a modern classic in the field and has been translated into five languages. In 2012, Casanova was awarded the Theology Prize from the Salzburger Hochschulwochen in recognition of life-long achievement in the field of theology.

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PHILOSOPHER CHARLES TAYLOR SPEAKS AT NaUKMA

Charles Taylor On June 19th , National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy hosted Charles Taylor, eminent Canadian philosopher, known for his contributions to political philosophy, the philosophy of social science, and intellectual history, at a presentation of his book, A Secular Age. Duh I Litera (http://duh-i-litera.com/), a publishing house of National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy, obtained the rights to translate and publish the book in Ukrainian.

Charles Taylor, emeritus professor of philosophy at McGill University, doctor of philosophy from Oxford University, is the author of Hegel (1975) and Sources of the Self (1989), and the winner of the 2013 prestigious Templeton Prize, awarded for advancement and research of spiritual matters. At the presentation, Dr. Taylor was introduced by Troy Lulashnyk, Ambassador of Canada in Ukraine.

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