Recently, the Second Forum of Rectors of Ukrainian and Chinese universities took place on the basis of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. The event was attended by 37 representatives of the universities of the People's Republic of China and 26 rectors of higher education institutions of Ukraine. Zaporizhzhya National University was represented by the Head of the Supervisory Council of ZNU, Professor Mykola Frolov and the Vice-Rector for Scientific and Pedagogical Work, mentor of the organization of Confucius School on the basis of the university, Professor Volodymyr Volkov.
Within the framework of the Forum, the second meeting of the Ukrainian-Chinese Sub-Committee on Cooperation in Education of the Commission on Cooperation between Ukraine and the People's Republic of China was held. The co-chairmen of the meeting were the Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine Liliia Hrynevych and the Minister of Education of the People's Republic of China Chen Baosheng.
The event was devoted to the actual issues of development of bilateral relations in the field of education between Ukraine and the People's Republic of China. Also, during the meeting, there was a summing-up of an international cooperation within the framework of the international agreement "On the development of Ukrainian-Chinese cooperation in the field of education" since the first Forum in 2012. Also, it was mentioned that for five years there has been a significant progress in the relations between the two states, especially, in the field of education and science. In particular, the academic mobility of students and teachers has increased, scientific cooperation between the universities of the People's Republic of China and Ukraine has strengthened, as well as teaching of the Ukrainian and Chinese languages in the partner countries has developed.
It should be noted that during the meeting of the Sub-Committee there was discussed the development of joint international projects of various scientific and technical programs, the establishment of new centers for the study of the Ukrainian language in the People's Republic of China and the opening of new offices of the Confucius Institute in Ukraine. In this context, there was also recalled the start of work of the Confucius School in September on the basis of the Zaporizhzhya National University.
Besides, during the event there was an information exchange on the issues of improving the quality of education. In particular, the implementation of bilateral projects in the field of basic sciences and applied research was discussed. The participants considered the priority directions of scientific and technical development, which are of mutual interest for both countries.
It is worth mentioning that during the forum, Mykola Frolov had a conversation with the Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine Liliia Hrynevych and the Minister of Education of the People's Republic of China Chen Baosheng. They discussed a contribution to the opening of the Confucius School on the basis of ZNU, which will become an educational and cultural center for the study of Chinese language and culture, and is designed for different age groups of students – from junior pupils to students and graduates of universities.
Both ministers welcomed this international academic project. They expressed the hope that the activities of the Confucius School at the ZNU will contribute to the further development of international cooperation between the two countries and will soon be transformed into the Confucius Institute.