Ukraine’s cooperation with China in the field of education is one of the priority areas of bilateral relations.
In recent years, Ukraine has been experiencing a cultural and linguistic “fever of China,” and the unique Ukrainian culture is of great interest to the Chinese people.
For many years, the high level of student exchanges between Ukraine and China has been maintained: in 2019, more than 3,000 Ukrainian students studied in China and more than 3,500 Chinese students received higher education in Ukraine. Particular attention is paid to intensifying cooperation between higher education institutions of the two countries, which is facilitated by the regular Forum of Rectors of Ukrainian and Chinese universities.
On June 12, 2019, the Third Meeting of the Subcommittee on Education Cooperation between Ukraine and China was held in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province, China, chaired by Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine R. Hreby and Deputy Minister of Education of the People’s Republic of China Sun Yao. It hosted a meeting of the Forum of Rectors of Ukrainian and Chinese universities with the participation of 12 representatives from Ukraine and 20 from China.
In recent years, China has paid great attention to logistical assistance to Ukraine in the field of education. 23,500 new computers were purchased for a Ukrainian high school and three language rooms for the Kyiv Gymnasium in the source languages were installed, in which about 600 children study Chinese. In addition, the International Chamber of Commerce of the Silk Road, together with the Ukrainian-Chinese Wife Society, has allocated 200,000 revenues to Ukraine for educational programs for secondary school students with special needs.
Cooperation between the states in the format of creating centers for the study of Ukrainian, Chinese language and culture is actively developing. At present, Ukrainian language and culture centers have been established in China at the universities of Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Dalian, Wuhan, Xi’an, and Harbin, and five Confucius Institutes are successfully operating in Ukraine, studying Chinese language and culture: Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Kyiv National Linguistic University, the Ukrainian National Tchaikovsky Academy of Music , V. N. Kazarin Kharkiv National University and South Ukrainian National Pedagogical University named after K. D. Ushynsky.
Students receive a scholarship, support from the International Chamber of Commerce of the Silk Road, living conditions in university dormitories and the opportunity to receive an international diploma. They take an active part in the cultural activities of the university and the social life of the Silk Road capital Xi’an, resulting in the spread of Ukrainian culture and language outside Ukraine.
In 2020-21, the implementation of the International Educational Project “Jungo” – the opening of the Academy of Chinese Spirituality in the city of Mariupol (Ukraine).
The project will be implemented under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, Mariupol City Council, with the support of the Ukrainian-Chinese Friendship Society and the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine.
The Academy of Chinese Spirituality “Jungo” aims to form the interest of residents of Mariupol and the northern regions of Donetsk region in the culture and spiritual life of China; to arouse the desire to study its language and traditions; participate in sports, educational, cultural and other events related to China.
The participants of the project are Chinese language teachers, philosophy lecturers, artists, artists, Chinese martial arts coaches, tea masters, health specialists who, thanks to their knowledge and skills, will acquaint the residents of Mariupol with the traditions of cultural, sports and spiritual life of China.