Dear students, parents, professors, colleagues, partners and guests! It is a great pleasure to welcome you today! 

I would like to thank you for your choice and trust and promise that you embarked on your fascinating journey to discover the world of knowledge: business, international relations, ethics, entrepreneurship, foreign languages, business Ukrainian, sports; interesting trips in Ukraine and abroad; meetings with partners, an international student environment, guest instructors, and many other wonderful things.

Let me concentrate on several milestone events for our university:

  1. We have acquired our new “old” partner, this time, as a co-founder, Concordia University – Wisconsin / Ann Arbour (USA) and, in this connection, changed our name. From now on Wisconsin International University in Ukraine (WIUU) is named – Ukrainian-American Concordia University.
  2. We have launched and are developing joint dual diploma Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs with the world’s leading universities:
  • with the American state University of Minnesota Crookston. And our first robins, Bohdan Shkil and Anastasiia Kravchenko, this semester, are continuing studies in Minnesota;
  • with the state University of Koblenz-Landau (Germany), in which, for the second year, our graduate students have been pursuing a joint Master’s degree program in MBA – Master of Sciences in Information Management (Entrepreneurship, Technologies and Innovations), while our instructors have been developing their professional skills and qualifications;
  • with our co-founder – Concordia University Wisconsin/Ann Arbour (the states of Wisconsin and Michigan)

and

  • with the University of Occupational Safety Management in Katowice (Poland).
  1. We take great pleasure in successful and fruitful cooperation with our Ukrainian founder – National Pedagogical University, as well as other leading universities and scientific institutions of Ukraine.
  2. Our students are eager to participate in international academic mobility (exchange) programs; the University offers such programs with the University of Trier (Germany), the University of Applied Sciences in Worms (Germany), Varna University of Management (Bulgaria), the American International Richmond University (Great Britain) and others.
  3. We have successfully sustained an international accreditation from FIBAA – the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation – of our MBA program for the following 7 years.
  4. We have successfully confirmed a Ukrainian state accreditation for the degree program ‘Bachelor of Management’.
  5. Effectively completed a one-year American Studies Program.
  6. This year, we are offering you a course in successful entrepreneurship, which will be delivered by guest lecturers – business practitioners, entrepreneurs, politicians, professors from Germany, the USA, Austria and other countries (our guest lecturer for the first class this Friday is Mr. Mathias Fiedler, CEO of Central Association of German Consumer Cooperatives, Germany).
  7. We, together with Concordia University Wisconsin (USA) and the Public institution “Institute of Environmental Economics and Sustainable Development of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine” have developed the concept for, registered and launched a new academic research journal “Business, Economics, Sustainability, Leadership and Innovation”.
  8. I would like to enlarge upon a significant event in the life of our university: on January 25th, 2018, Ukrainian-American Concordia University became a member of a world-renowned organization for quality assurance, transparency and integrity of higher education – CHEA International Quality Group (CIQG), USA.
  9. On July 11th, 2018, our university signed a memorandum of cooperation with the company SocialBoost, aiming at mutually beneficial cooperation in education, internship and career development.

SocialBoost is a Ukrainian technological public organization focused on the development of socially meaningful IT-projects, implementation of e-democracy, e-government and open governmental data. It is a community of professional programmers, civic activists, IT-enthusiasts and managers, which, together with the governmental bodies and IT-companies, promotes e-services to solve national challenges.

  1. We entered the top 10 private higher educational institutions of Ukraine! https://osvita.ua/vnz/rating/25714/
  2. ConcordiaUA became the top 5th in the national rating of institutions of higher education (both state and private) by the score of external independent assessment certificates of applicants, who got enrolled in universities in 2017 on a contract basis (based on Вступ.ОСВІТА.UA: Найбільший бал ЗНО на контракт).
  3. We are continuing, as in the past 20 years, to teach the students in English, deterring cheating, plagiarism, examinations re-taking and other forms of corruption.
  4. Our students are offered a great opportunity to do under-graduate and graduate internships at international companies in Ukraine and abroad. Germany: Bundestag, the offices of Google, Facebook (Berlin), OVB (Cologne), Bulgaria (the University of Varna – management, tourism) etc. During the first fortnight at ConcordiaUA you will become acquainted with the operations of the Coca-Cola company in Ukraine.
  5. Our students continually act as interpreters and facilitators at business forums of the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which we respect greatly with the highest regard for its activities, and deeply treasure our collaboration.
  6. We contribute to the initial recruitment of our students and graduates and support their further career progression; we always offer attractive career opportunities at cutting-edge international companies: Citibank, Deuchebank, Samsung, Winner Automotive, Honda, Cargill, Pfizer, Porches Finance Group, embassies, the British Council, the Peace Corps, auditing firms, etc.
  7. We hold various contests, sporting competitions and events, international celebrations.
  8. And, finally, we have entered into partnership with the world-famous company Keystone Academic Solutions– an independent Norwegian company specializing in higher education marketing, recruitment, and student Working with over 3600 institutions of higher education in more than 100 countries, Keystone Academic Solutions is now promoting our Master’s and Bachelor’s degree programs around the world.

We are saddened to say that, this year, the family of Ukrainian-American Concordia University has suffered an eternal loss: Kristina Marie (Torkelson) Gray, our beloved instructor, colleague, cordial friend, Honorary Professor of our university, passed away.

Our hearts and deepest sympathy are with Kenneth Gray, the colleagues at the University of Minnesota Crookston, and all of the friends and peers, who were lucky to know Kristina M. Gray and work with her.

Let us now stand for a minute of silence in honor of Kristina Gray.

I am pleased to extend to you, this year’s new talented students, a warm welcome to our family of ConcordiaUA!

Sincerely,

Prof. Dr. Dr. Oleksandr Romanovskyi

Rector of UACU

03.09.2018