The red ribbon was cut by Henryk Litwin, Ambassador of Poland to Ukraine, Kzysztof Sviderek, Consul General of Poland in Vinnytsia and Volodymyr Hrabko, Rector of Vinnitsa National Technical University
The Centre of Polish culture in VNTU is dedicated to Ignacy Jan Paderewski. This outstanding Polish pianist, conductor, composer, philanthropist, politician was born in Vinnytsia region, in the village of Kurylivka of Khmilnytskyi district. Jan Paderewski was the Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland in 1919.
So, along with the Center the exhibition that tells about the life and work of Ignacy Paderewski was opened. The exhibition arrived to VNTU directly from Brussels where it was exhibited at the headquarters of the European Union.
“I am grateful to the creators of this center and, first of all, to the administration of VNTU, the Consulate General of Poland in Vinnytsia and personally to Mr. Consul. I’m very glad that we open another location of Polish-Ukrainian cooperation which will provide new opportunities for contacts between Poland and Ukraine. This center is a part of the network of Polish centers in Ukrainian universities. Next year at the Embassy in Kyiv we will organize a great meeting of representatives of such Polish cultural centers”, said Henryk Litwin, Ambassador of Poland to Ukraine.
Kzysztof Sviderek, Consul General of Poland in Vinnytsia added:
“This is the first Center of Polish culture in Podillia area. And it is opened in Vinnytsia National Technical University whose students have been studying at the Technical University of Lublin on the program “Double Diploma” for several years. The Center will be a place of popularization of Polish culture, Polish traditions and language. It will be a place of promotion of the Polish language, a place of meetings of Poles and Ukrainians who will realize our common Polish-Ukrainian projects in Podillia.”
VNTU has a long and fruitful cooperation with the Republic of Poland.
Politechnika Lubelska is the second alms-mater for several groups of VNTU students who are studying there on the academic mobility program “Double Diploma”. The first 13 students of our University, which debuted at the Technical University of Lublin, have already taken their Master’s degrees. VNTU effectively cooperates with Kielce University of Technology “Politechnika Świętokrzyska”, universities in Lodz, Bydgoszcz, Katowice, Rzeszow.
Comfortable and elegant auditoriums of the Center have modern equipment which will help students who desire to study simultaneously at VNTU and one of the Polish universities meet with Polish culture and study the Polish language. On-line conferences with the Polish colleagues will also be held there.
Mr. Henryk Litwin said that the agreement about creating the Center of Polish culture between Kzysztof Sviderek, Consul General of Poland in Vinnytsia and Volodymyr Hrabko, Rector of Vinnitsa National Technical University has a historic importance.
Distinguished guests (the delegation included representatives of four voivodeships of Poland) gladly visited exhibition halls of VNTU Art Museum. By their emotional impressions one could learn Polish adjectives that express admiration: świetnie, pięknie, nieprawdopodobnie, niewiarygodnie, niesamowite, cudowny, znakomity, super!
In addition to regional television reporters large-scale celebrations were filmed by the TVP (television in Poland) journalists.
On the same day (December 13) the delegation from the Polish town of Kielce (the twin-city to Vinnytsia) handed over humanitarian aid worth more than 560 thousand UAH for Vinnytsia soldiers who defend the eastern borders of Ukraine.