UWinnipeg Creating Closer Ties in Ukraine

Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Winnipeg (centre), visits the National Memorial and Holodomor Museum in Kyiv and reinforces the importance of its partnership with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, April 23, 2013.Dr. Lloyd Axworthy in KyivWEB

WINNIPEG, MB – The University of Winnipeg is creating closer ties with four leading educational facilities in Ukraine and President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Lloyd Axworthy received  an Honourary Doctorate during a visit to the country April 21 to April 26, 2013.

Axworthy received an Honourary Doctorate on Monday, April 22 from the National Technical University of Ukraine – Kyiv Polytechnic Institute(known as KPI) in recognition of UWinnipeg’s commitment and achievement in creating a sustainable campus that is on track to meet its goal of achieving Kyoto compliance, and just as importantly, nurturing an eco-conscious culture for students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Dr. Axworthy receives Honorary Doctorate at KPI.

HDWeb KPI is considered one of the foremost “green” science and engineering facilities in Ukraine. During this visit, Axworthy also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with KPI creating The Sustainable Campus Project which will see faculty and staff exchanges beginning in the next few months aimed at fostering best eco-practices for both campuses. Axworthy will also deliver a keynote address at KPI on campus sustainability titled Universities as Leaders in Sustainability.


“We have a long-standing and deep relationship with the Ukrainian community at home and in Ukraine, and I am honoured to be cementing stronger ties with four leading educational facilities,” said Axworthy. “This visit builds on our common beliefs – an unwavering commitment to sustainable practices, the strengthening of democratic principles and human rights, and the value of academic excellence and public service.”

Axworthy is giving three keynotes addresses on human rights at the National Academy of Public Administration; the National University of Kyiv “Mohyla Academy”; and the Ukrainian Catholic University (Lviv). Titled A More Just World: Evolving International Norms, Axworthy will encourage Ukraine to join the International Criminal Court.

As well, three more Memorandum of Understandings were signed during the visit which will create new partnerships with UWinnipeg’s Faculty of Business and department of Theology:

  • National Technical University of Ukraine – Kyiv Polytechnic Institute(KPI) – creation of a joint, bilateral and multi-facetted initiative – The Sustainable Campus Project
  • National Academy of Public Administration, Office of the President of Ukraine (Kyiv)  -partnership with UWinnipeg’s Faculty of Business and Economics. Canada helped found this Academy 1995 through the Canadian International Development Agency
  • National University of Kyiv “Mohyla Academy” (Kyiv) – partnership with UWinnipeg’s department of Theology at the graduate level focused on pastoral care and counselling.
  • Ukrainian Catholic University (Lviv) – partnership with UWinnipeg’s department of Theology at the graduate level focused on human rights and global issues

Find out more about UWinnipeg’s sustainability initiatives.


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Diane Poulin, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg

P: 204.988.7135  E: d.poulin@uwinnipeg.ca


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