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University of Winnipeg & Ukrainian Catholic University unite to create school


Signing of Ukrainian MOU in Lviv, (from left) – Ms. Oksana Wynnytsky, Honory council for Canada in Lviv, Dr. Neil Besner, UWinnipeg Provost and Vice-President, Academic, Mr. Vitalij Lomakovych, financier of the Lviv International School, Dr. Taras Dobko, senior VP (academic) Ukrainian Catholic University, Mr. Petro Kolodiy, Head of the Lviv Regional Council

WINNIPEG, MB – Yesterday in the UkraineMr. Vitaliy Lomakovych, a local Ukrainian business leader, in collaboration with The University of Winnipeg and the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish an international private school as a social enterprise in the City of Lviv, Ukraine. This school would be the first international school in Lviv and is expected to serve the student needs of western Ukraine.

“Winnipeg and Lviv are twin cities,” said Dr. Annette Trimbee, UWinnipeg President and Vice-Chancellor. “Canada has a vibrant Ukrainian community whose roots date back several generations. This school will help strengthen these ties with a cross-pollination of culture and language through education between the two countries and it will be an important initiative for Canada’s Ukrainian community.”

The school will incorporate the high standards of the Canadian educational system along with an innovative Ukrainian curriculum that will allow students to receive both Canadian and Ukrainian graduation diplomas.

The parties have agreed that the school will create a learning environment that will encourage all students to achieve their highest potential in intellectual, ethical, creative, physical, and social skills. The school’s vision will be based on respect for human dignity, human rights, social justice, and the promotion of national identity while incorporating the principles of accessibility, inclusivity and equality of all children.  The school will also ensure that gifted children from disadvantaged families and children with special needs will have an equal opportunity for a quality, modern education.

On July 7, 2015, the Lviv Regional Council approved the transfer of a building and grounds in the centre of Lviv, for the uses of an educational institution, which will be renovated to house the school.  At its current size, the school will be able to accommodate approximately 300 students.

During the next six months, all parties will be working together to develop the educational vision, curriculum and staffing plan to recruit and train the faculty and staff that will become part of the Lviv International School team. They aim to have the school ready to open its doors for the fall term in 2017.

Naniece Ibrahim, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg
P: 204.988.7130, E: n.ibrahim@uwinnipeg.ca

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