XX Gamow International Astronomical Conference-School in Odessa I.I.Mechnikov National University: “Astronomy and beyond: Astrophysics, Cosmology and Gravitation, High Energy Physics, Astroparticle Physics, Radioastronomy and Astrobiology” was on 9-16 August, 2020. Biological session “The Importance of G. Gamow’s Ideas for Biology of the 21st Century” took place in Zoom. The program is available here.

Fourth-year students of the specialty "International economic relations" of Odessa National I.I.Mechnikov University have successfully completed the module on cooperation between Ukraine and the EU, which was taught by the experts of the EU Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM) (http://eubam.org/). Namely, experts from Germany, Sweden and Slovakia gave lectures about the role and mandate of the EUBAM and the role of cross-border cooperation for the regional security and economic development. Within the framework of the module the students also visited the new Palanka border crossing point, which was launched with the support of EUBAM, and is being managed jointly by the border and customs services of the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.


Professor Igor KOVAL, Rector of the ONU, met with the Ambassador of the State of Israel Mr. Joel LION at the Rector’s office. During the meeting, the Rector introduced to the honorable guest the history of the ONU Mechnikov formation and the modern stage of its development. The parties discussed the state of cooperation of the ONU with the scientific-educational institutions of Israel and discussed future prospects for developing of cooperation with a new university in Israel.

The Deputy Assistant Secretary of State (US) George KENT has met with lecturers and students of the Faculty of International Relations, Political Sciences and Sociology, where the Rector of ONU Professor Igor KOVAL was present.

ONU and partner universities start a one year project on internationalization strategies. Submit your own internationalization program for your university no later than the 13th of January 2019

8 June 2018

Dear representatives of the Alumni Network Round Table, dear Colleagues,

March 6th, 2018 UKRAINE-NATO INTERPARLIAMENTARY COUNCIL (UNIC) has been held in the Odessa I.I. Mechnikov National University at the Faculty of International Relations, Political Science and Sociology.

On October 24, 2017 two linguistic centres were opened at the Faculty of Romance & Germanic Philology. One of them was created with the participation of the Francophone University Agency, and the other was created by our university.

Starting October 20, at the Institute of Mathematics, Economics and Mechanics of Odessa National I.I. Mechnikov University there will be series of lectures conducted by experts from the European Union’s Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM) (http://eubam.org/) about modern customs techniques and how the EU-Ukraine Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area is affecting the customs function in the country.

Dear Fulbrighters, prospective Fulbrighters, and Friends:
Please join us for our events to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Fulbright Program in Ukraine.

On September 25, 2017 on the initiative of the Rector of the University of Tartu, Professor Volli KALM, he visited the Rector of Odessa I.I. Mechnikov National University Professor Igor KOVAL.

On May 16, 2017, the Consul General of the People's Republic of China, Ms. ZHAO Xianzhong, visited the ONU I. I. Mechnikov.

On April 27, the delegation of DFG, led by the President of the organization, met with the rector and vice-rectors of ONU.
The ONU International life in March was full of Greek and French events. On March 24, 2017, the University was visited by the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Greece in Ukraine, Mr. Georgios PUKAMISAS.


On September 16, 2015 the Head of the Communications Service of College of Europe Richard WASHINGTON met the students of the Institute of Social Sciences at the new ONU campus. He presented the Master’s program for future diplomats and administrative workers training. The meeting was opened by the ONU prorector Sergiy F. SKOROKHOD.
In the photo (from left to right): The Head of Communication Service of College of Europe Richard WASHINGTON, the ONU Arabic language lecturer Dmitry K. POBLE.
Students had the possibility to get acquainted with the main principles of the international communication in the European Higher Educational Institutions. They also found out the innovations at modern education sphere. While debating with Richard WASHINGTON, students demonstrated the bright knowledge of the foreign languages. 
Richard WASHINGTON recognized the high level of the ONU students’ educational background. He said, they were highly awared of the international communication issues, understood the processes, taking place in the international education field. He also got acquainted with the ONU international activity through the communication with the International Relations Office Head, Victor S. GRINEVICH, and the ONU lecturer, Ukrainian diplomat, Dmitry K. POBLE.
In the photo (from left to right): Victor S. GRINEVICH, Sergiy F. SKOROKHOD, Richard WASHINGTON. Dmitry K. POBLE
The same day the meeting between Lithuanian journalist Andreas TAPINAS and International Relations department (ISS) students was held. During this meeting students took an active part in the discussion of the global processes and the main tendencies of international relations development, through the prism of the Ukrainian crisis.
Andreas TAPINAS revealed the main aspects of journalists’ work in the conditions of media-wars and also answered all the students’ questions in an easy-going and witty manner.
All the additional information may be obtained at the ONU International Relations Office.
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  In the framework of the Project of the British Council in Ukraine "English for Universities", implemented by the Head of ONU International Cooperation Department – prof. Grinevich V.S., during the 2015-2016 academic year for students of the specialty "International Economic Relations" the following courses are taught in English : "International Economic Relations" and "Management of International Portfolio Investments".
All interested are invited to attend the lectures.
More information can be obtained at the Department of World Economy and International Economic Relations: http://onu.edu.ua/uk/structure/institutes/imem/imem_world_eco/


On September, 29, the ONU students met the famous American journalist William C. REMPEL. The meeting was opened by the Press-Attache of the Embassy of the USA in Ukraine, Yaryna FERENCEVYCH. 
At the beginning of his talk Mr. W.C. REMPEL expressed his deep concern on the political situation in Ukraine. He also noted his special attitude to our country, considering his Ukrainian roots.
In the photo: American journalist Mr. W.C. REMPEL delivers his speech to the ONU students
During his speech Mr. W.C. REMPEL listed the types of journalists’ investigations, especially both fundamental and biographical ones. He also advised young journalists to pay more attention to the process of the proved information searching, in this way making it more objective.
In the photo (on the back row left side): Vice-dean in bringing-up work of Journalism faculty, Galyna D. MOROZ
American journalist sees the numerous possibilities for the young Ukrainian journalists to express themselves through to the political conditions in Ukraine. He said, young specialists shouldn’t be afraid to be perceived as being biased. He also commented that despite of the investigation, the correspondent has a risk to be accused of the prejudice. So, the main task is not to please everyone, but to become the reliable information source of high quality.
In the photo: the Press-Attache of the Embassy of the USA in Ukraine, Yaryna FERENCEVYCH, Mr. W.C. REMPEL.
Proving his words Mr. W.C. REMPEL exemplified his own experience: he was accused both by USA Republicans and Democrats of a prejudice after Mr. REMPEL published his materials on George BUSH and on the well-known scandal with Bill CLINTON as a key actor. Such problems are inevitable, but the journalist suggests, the personal relationships and the detailed investigation of the each side position are the strong foundation for making the journalists’ work qualitative and useful.
In the photo: ONU PhD student Tetyana MELNYK, ONU International Relations Head, Viktor S. GRINEVICH.
During the event the participants debated on the crucial and up-to-date issues, analyzing the contradictions of the modern journalism.
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On October 7, 2015 Nancy M. Romano, famous Italian musician and spouse of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Italy in Ukraine, conducted her Master-class “Baroque Music from Rome to Venice in XVI-XVIII cent.” in the main campus of ONU.


On November 17 General Consul of Turkey in Odessa, Mr. Ufuk TOGRUL, visited the ONU Rector, Prof. I. KOVAL. 
ONU Turkish language teachers, Dursun Ahmed ATADGIK and Soner KORKMAZ, ONU prorector S. SKOROKHOD and IRO Head, V. GRINEVICH also participated in the meeting. During the meeting Mr. Consul General touched upon the prospectives of further collaboration with our University. 
In the photo (from left to right): the translator V. BERBAT, Mr. Consul General of Turkey Ufuk TORGUL, teachers Soner KORKMAZ and Dursun Ahmed ATADGIK. 
Rector, in his turn, presented the history of ONU and described the main directions of students’ involving in Turkish language and culture. Also Prof. Igor KOVAL expressed his gratitude to the Turkish side for assistance in Turkish language and culture Centre development. 
Having discussed all the existing treaties concluded between ONU and Turkish Universities, Mr. Ufuk TOGRUL and Prof. Igor KOVAL confirmed the mutual interest to continue and to develop the collaboration in the educational and cultural spheres. Finalizing the meeting, sides exchanged with the memorable presents.
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  Mrs. Argita DAUDZE, the Ambassador of Latvia to Ukraine had visited our (ONU) University on the November 20, 2015, where she met the ONU Rector, Prof. Igor KOVAL. Rector, and also present at the meeting, prorector Sergey SKOROKHOD and the IRO Head Viktor GRINEVYCH, had the pleasure on behalf of the whole University to congratulate Mrs. DAUDZE and people of Latvia with the Independence Day, the celebrations of which were taking place those days.
In the photo: The Ambassador of Latvia to Ukraine, Mrs. Argita DAUDZE (photo source: http://old2.lcca.lv/?p=1514)
The visit was also Mrs. A. DAUDZE’s farewell visit to ONU: her stay in Ukraine as an Ambassador comes to an end. Nevertheless, the perspectives of the bilateral collaboration were discussed at the meeting. Mrs. Ambassador suggested, e.g. to develop a trilateral cooperation of Latvia, Ukraine and one of the Asian countries, using the accumulated experience. The financial support, on Mrs. A. DAUDZE opinion, may be obtained in the EU structures.
In anticipation of the Day of Freedom and Dignity in Ukraine, the present at the meeting also recalled the tragic events of winter 2013 – spring 2014 and supported the necessity to move on the way of reforms and democratic transformations.
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The ONU Rector, Prof. I. N. KOVAL, was invited to the ceremonial events, dedicated to the 25th Anniversary of Eastern European studios foundation, which were taking place on December 5th, 2015 in Warsaw University (Poland).
The Eastern European studios were founded on December 5th, 1990, when their foundation was maintained by the Warsaw University’s Senate. Thousands of experts, including ONU ones, took part in their activity during their existence.   The knowledge and skills  obtained  were applied for  the further activity on formation of European values in the past-Soviet space. The outstanding figures of Poland also took active part at the Forum; among them were former Prime-Minister of Poland and the European Parliament Head (2001-2012), Prof. Y. BUZAK, and the Polish Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs K. PAVLIK. The representatives of Ukrainian Higher education institutions, such as Odessa I. I. Mechnikov National University, Ivano-Frankivsk National University, Ostroh Academy and Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi University also participated at the Forum and took part at the ceremonial signature of the Act that unites HEI of Ukraine and Warsaw University.
In the scopes of the Forum the Round Table, in which outstanding state figures took part, became the prominent event.  The Former President of Ukraine L. M. KRAVCHYUK, the Former Head of the Supreme Council of Belorussia S. S. SHUSHKEVICH and the Former Secretary of State and the First Vice-Prime-Minister of Russian Federation G. G. BURBULIS told their commemorations about the Bialowieza events in 1991, which became the critical in the lives of people and countries. The commemorations aroused great interest among the scientific society. The information given by true participants of such crutial events always cause interests because of the opportunity to get acquainted with the new important historical facts. 
All the events were taking part on the Warsaw’s pre-Christmas background.
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On January, 14th, 2016 during the visit of the Turkish YALOVA University representatives, Tirul AKTASH and Ozgur Gohan TYURDZY, to the ONU Rector, Prof. I. M. KOVAL, the Turkish side proposals to collaborate through international scientific events are to be held in 2016 were discussed. The discussion is still being continued.
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The Second International scientific and practical conference “Social, psychological and political problems of the transborders security” was held on the February, 5, 2016 in ONU I. I. Mechnikov.The Conference was organized and held by two departments of Institute of Social Sciences and Institute of Mathematics, Economics and Mechanics, together with the Institute of Social and Political Psychology of National Academy of Pedagogic Sciences and South Ukrainian branch of Sociologic Association of Ukraine. 
Specialists from Ukraine, Poland, Bulgaria, and Moldova together with the representatives of Diplomatic Missions in Odessa participated in the event. Among diplomats were: the General Consul of Greek Republic in Odessa, Mr. Antonios KHASIROGLU, Consul of Bulgarian General Consulate, Mr. Kralio DIMOV, Consul of the General  Consulate of Romania in Odessa, Mrs. Denisa GABOR, and the First Secretary and Consul, Mr. Mikhail KONSTANTINESCU, the Vice-Consul of the Turkish Republic General Consulate in Odessa, Mr. Mutlu GURELI, the OSCE representative in Odessa, Mr. Aram ARUTYUNYAN, Attaché of General Consulate of Poland in Odessa, Mr. Sebastian ZAGDANSKIY, The General Consulate in Odessa representative, Mr. Mykola KANTARZHI.
Thus, it was demonstrated our University openness to collaboration with the neighbor countries in the frames of the research project, which is supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.
The name of the project is “The Context type of Education in the HEI in the neighbouring countries as a condition for personal, regional and international security”. It unites the international relations professionals, sociologists and psychologists.
Due to the diplomats’ participation the Conference had obtained the external context, which acts as a powerful consolidating factor both external and internal co-operation.
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On Friday, 19th, French diplomats, The Ambassador Advisor Pascal SLIVANSKI and Attaché on the scientific and inter-universities issues Sylvain RIGOLLET, visited ONU and met with its Rector, Prof. I.M. KOVAL.
Rector told the guests about the history of the University and current atate of the scientific departments and activities of Astronomical Observatory, Botanic garden and Scientific library. The number of other important issues were discussed during the meeting, connected with the collaboration with “Alliance Frances” and HEI of France. 
In the end of the meeting in the Rector’s Office the participants traditionally exchanged with memorable presents.
However, it was not the end of the acquaintanceship of French diplomats with the ONU. The guests visited Museum of rare books in the Scientific library and listened to the interesting commentary of the specialists on the library treasures.
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