February 7, 2018, the team of the Kyiv National University of Technology and Design (KNUTD), headed by the pro-rector for scientific and innovative activities, Professor Viktor Kaplun successfully has defended own project "Development of Entrepreneurial and Innovation Initiatives at the University" within Ukraine Higher Education Leadership Development Programme sponsored by the British Council.
The British Council has been implementing the Programme from 2016 to 2019 in partnership with the Institute of Higher Education of the NAES of Ukraine and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (UK), supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.
KNUTD project team took part in the closing event of the certificates awarding that was held in a very friendly atmosphere. The event participants from 14-th Universities of Ukraine heard a welcoming address from the Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine Yuri Rashkevich, the British Council in Ukraine Simon Williams, the head of the training programs of the British Council in Ukraine Lyudmila Tatsenko, and the director of the Institute of Higher Education of the Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine Svetlana Kalashnikova.
In addition to successfully accomplishing the assignments and achieving the project goal for establishing effective scientific cooperation, the team of the Kiev National University of Technology and Design had the opportunity also to visit Southampton University in the UK.
Confirmation of the interest of British colleagues in cooperation with KNUTD was the return visit of Professor Atul Bhaskar in Ukraine. During the visit Mr. Bhaskar has familiarized himself with the scientific achievements of the KNUTD researchers and delivered a lecture to the postgraduate students and scientists of the university.
The greatest interest for the future cooperation between KNUTD and the University of Southampton was defined in the field of using 3D technologies. The level of achievements of Ukrainian scientists in this scientific direction has pleasantly amazed of the British professor.
The availability of modern 3D laboratories in both universities was the impetus for the possibility to start development of a relevant project proposal within the framework of the EU program Horizon 2020. A joint application was also submitted for participation in the EU program Erasmus +.