International Education. Great Britain
Cambridge Ukrainian StudiesCambridge Ukrainian Studies, an initiative of the Department of Slavonic Studies, was launched at Cambridge in 2008 with the support of Dmitry Firtash. This initiative is aimed at promoting and contributing to the study of Ukraine in the United Kingdom and beyond by deepening intercultural dialogue and advancing innovative approaches in the research on the rich historical, linguistic and cultural heritage of Ukraine.
Cambridge Ukrainian Studies is active in both scholarly and public domains. During the entire academic year, Cambridge students may learn the Ukrainian language, history of Ukraine, its culture and literature, classical and contemporary cinematography. British and foreign students feature a steadily growing interest in these disciplines.
A whole variety of events at Cambridge targets the broad public: an Annual Festival of Ukrainian Film, Ukrainian artists’ exhibitions, literary readings and the like. The University invites world’s leading researchers lecturing and hosting seminars on relevant subjects related to Ukraine’s history and contemporary periods.
The relevance of and demand for these events is vividly demonstrated in the interest displayed by the UK’s foremost public figures including MPs, diplomats, media people, culture researchers, historians and other scholars. After the first years of its existence, the program is justly regarded as Ukraine’s unofficial culture and research mission.
Cambridge Ukrainian Studies developed in several stages. In 2007, the Ukrainian language course opened at Cambridge with the financial support from Dmitry Firtash. Optimistic expectations of the University’s senior staff and Mr. Firtash came true – the course was met with considerable demand among the students’ community. This laid a foundation for moving on to the next stage – launch of the Ukrainian Studies program which, starting from 2008, operated in an experimental mode for two years. The Ukrainian language course was then complemented with the Ukrainian literature and culture studies.
Another important objective that the University and Mr. Firtash pursued was igniting British public interest in Ukraine. In this connection, the first Festival of Ukrainian Film was organized at Cambridge on November 7-8, 2008. In April-May of 2009, ‘Verse in Vision,’ an exhibition of prints by Taras Shevchenko, introduced Cambridge audiences to the art of the renowned poet and painter. But the most resonating event in the media was the “The Diaries of Gareth Jones” exhibition dedicated to 1932-33 famine-genocide in Ukraine and hosted by Cambridge in December 2009.
Mr. Firtash’s further benefaction in 2010 made possible the permanent endowment of the Cambridge Ukrainian Studies and secured this program for many generations to come. It also helped expand the program’s activities along both the academic and public lines. On March 23, 2011, the University recognized Mr. Firtash’s contribution to Ukraine’s promotion in the UK by inviting him to join the Guild of Benefactors of the University of Cambridge.
Furthering the scholarly and cultural exchange with Ukrainian studies centers at other universities, primarily in Canada and the US, helped to bring to Cambridge the world’s most prominent researchers on Ukraine. A number of lectures and workshops were held focusing on most topical subjects related to Ukraine’s history and contemporary periods which included the issues of Ukrainian national identity formation and Ukraine’s role and place in the new European architecture. A course of studies in the 20th century Ukrainian literature and film was introduced for the fourth-year students.
Thanks to all these efforts, the 2010-11 academic year turned out to be the most successful and eventful in the Cambridge Ukrainian Studies history. Organizers however are committed to working towards intensifying the program’s momentum and plan to launch the next phase of the program in 2011. Further details on this will be announced at a later date.
The University of Cambridge, established in 1209, became only the fourth University in the world. The impressive lineup of Cambridge graduates includes such outstanding scientists as Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and others and proudly boasts 87 Nobel Prize winners. In 2010 and 2011, Cambridge was rated as the world’s best University, according to QS World University Rankings.
Cambridge Ukrainian Studies is headed by Dr. Rory Finnin, who is also Lecturer in Ukrainian Studies at the University. His primary research interest is the interplay of literature and national identity in Ukraine. Rory Finnin received his PhD (with distinction) in Slavic Languages and Comparative Literature from Columbia University.
For more information on Cambridge Ukrainian Studies please visit its website.
All events...27 July 2012
Dmitry Firtash’s Contribution Into Education Promotion Acknowledged by Cambridge University
The University of Cambridge is delighted to announce that Mr Dmitry Firtash has been nominated to receive the Chancellor’s 800th Anniversary Campaign Medal for Outstanding Philanthropy27 February 2012
Cambridge Ukrainian Studies Opens British People’s Eyes On Ukraine
Over the incomplete 4 years of its existence, the Cambridge Ukrainian Studies Program has defined the scholarly specialization of several dozen students of the world’s most prestigious university. Increasingly more young people in Western...09 December 2011
Renowned Choir Of Cambridge Performs In Ukraine For The First Time
The British choir touring in Ukraine with their Music of Advent and Christmas Program conquered the hearts of the Ukrainians. Long before the concert start, the spirit in the National House of Organ and Chamber Music was very special17 November 2011
Dmitry Firtash Meets Cambridge Ukrainian Studies Program Participants And Cambridge Ukrainian Studentships Fellows
On his trip to London where the Guild of Benefactors of Cambridge University was hosting its annual reception, Mr. Dmitry Firtash paid a visit to the Slavonic Studies Department of Cambridge University11 November 2011
Volodymyr Tykhyi And Maryna Vroda Headline The Fourth Annual Cambridge Festival Of Ukrainian Film
New films by a number of Ukraine's best directors will be shown at the Fourth Annual Cambridge Festival of Ukrainian Film on 11-12 November. This popular Festival is hosted by the Ukrainian Studies program at the University of Cambridge03 November 2011
Dmitry Firtash: Cambridge Ukrainian Studies Program Is Ukraine’s Unofficial Embassy At The World’s Best University
Cambridge University’s Ukrainian Studies Program has been attended by students from many countries of the world which attests to the high interest in Ukraine, said Mr. Dmitry Firtash, Head of the Board of Directors of Group DF in his...08 June 2011
The University Of Cambridge Reviews The Performance Of Its Ukrainian Studies Program In 2010-2011
The 2010/2011 academic year has been the most successful year of Cambridge Ukrainian Studies Program over its 3-year history. The financial support from Dmitry Firtash enabled the uninterrupted running of the Program23 March 2011
The University Of Cambridge Recognizes Dmitry Firtash’s Contribution Into Ukraine’s Promotion In The UK
The University of Cambridge has recognized the contribution made by Mr. Dmitry Firtash in an effort towards Ukraine popularization in the UK by inviting the prominent Ukrainian businessman to join the Guild of Benefactors of the University of...06 November 2010
University of Cambridge hosts the Third Annual Festival of Ukrainian Film
The University of Cambridge hosted the Third Annual Cambridge Festival of Ukrainian Film. This year, viewers could see two of Oleksandr Dovzhenko’s early works – a spy thriller ‘The Diplomatic Pouch’ and a comedy...24 September 2010
Cambridge Ukrainian Studies Presented In Kiev
A senior delegation from the University of Cambridge arrived in Kiev to present the Ukrainian Studies Program which from now on will be permanently pursued at one of the world’s most prestigious universities owing to financial support from...24 September 2010
Cambridge Becomes A Permanent Home For Ukrainian Studies
The University of Cambridge endowed permanent Ukrainian Studies program focused on Ukrainian culture and language learning. Permanent establishment of this program being unique in Western Europe has become possible due to financial support from...