Oleh Skydan, Tetyana Zinchuk and Oleksandr Kovalchuk, three faculty members of the Zhytomyr National Agroecological University, participated in a discussion at the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation, during which they described their university’s collaboration with the Consortium for Ukraine’s Rural and Agricultural Development (CURAD) — a group of five U.S. land-grant universities — Penn State, Ohio State, Kansas State, Louisiana State and the University of Missouri — who have had long-standing agricultural exchange projects in Ukraine. They also described developments in Ukraine’s agricultural sector, which is experiencing a major expansion of exports globally. They noted that their university is unique among Ukrainian agricultural institutions of higher learning with regard to its emphasis on ecological and environmental subjects such as organic food production, bioenergy, clean water and radiation contamination. They said that last year, Rep. Marcy Kaptur, Co-Chair of the Congressional Ukraine Caucus, visited their university in Zhytomyr to engage them in the Seeds of Hope program, which aims to support women entrepreneurs in small-scale agricultural business development.

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Oleh Skydan, Rector of the Zhytomyr National Agroecological University (ZNAEU), where he has also been involved with the Department of Innovative Entrepreneurship and Investment Activity since 2015.

Professor Tetyana Zinchuk, head of the International Economic Relations and European Integration Department of ZNAEU. Being a Doctor of Economics she is an active researcher of the processes of European Union common agricultural policy reforms. She also studies mechanisms of socially responsible and sustainable agribusiness.

Oleksandr Kovalchuk (PhD in Economics), Dean of Accounting and Finance Faculty, ZNAEU. His research areas of interest include institutional support of business and world experience of rural and sustainable development.

Faculty members of Zhytomyr National Agroecological University and other participants of an April 15th meeting at the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation. (Credit: Adrian Karmazyn)

Also visiting the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation this week were Kateryna Miasnikova (Executive Director) and Nataliia Chekalo (Grants Manager) of the Independent Association of Broadcasters in Ukraine. The organization unites about 150 Ukrainian radio and television companies.   The guests talked about the association’s activities, including training, fostering collaboration between media in different cities and the establishment of a content fund for sharing Ukrainian video and audio programming within Ukraine and with partners and audiences abroad.

USUF’s Adrian Karmazyn with Nataliia Chekalo (L) and Kateryna Miasnikova of the Independent Association of Broadcasters in Ukraine. (Credit: John Kun)