First books delivered to the library of the International Scientific Center “Observatory” on Mount Pip Ivan

On February 25-26, the traditional two-day annual meeting of experts took place, focusing on the implementation of projects of the International Scientific Center “Observatory” of the Carpathian and Warsaw Universities on Mount Pip Ivan and the International Meeting Center for Students of Ukraine and Poland (IMC) in Mykulychyn. Following the meeting, the participants visited the IMC.

This year’s meeting attendees included Ihor Tsependa, Rector of Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University; Marcin Pałys, former Rector of the University of Warsaw (2012-2020), Honorary Doctor of Precarpathian National University, and Member of the Board of the European University Association; Yaroslav Shynkaruk, Vice-Rector of the Precarpathian National University; Jan Malicki, Director of the Centre for East European Studies of the University of Warsaw; Leszek Buller, Director of the Center for European Projects; and Vasyl Khimyak, Senior Expert of the Cross-Border Cooperation Programme Poland-Ukraine in Lviv: Jacek Żur, Advisor to the Minister in the Department for Polonia and Poles Abroad at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland; Eduard Lapkovsky, Vice-Rector of the PNU; Volodymyr Velykochy, Dean of the Faculty of Tourism of the PNU; representatives of the SES in Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast (online); Stanisław Kaczmarczyk, a long-time expert on the restoration of the Observatory and Professor at the Krakow University of Technology; Oleh Dzemiuk, Head of the Vorokhta UTC; and contractors who performed restoration and repair work at the Observatory.

Ihor Tsependa, Rector of the Precarpathian National University, opened the meeting. “Our annual meeting in February is already a tradition. During it, we summarize what has been done and approve our future plans.”

He emphasized that “there are still many tasks ahead for the partners, but our joint projects definitely have a great future.”

The Russian aggression against Ukraine, which began in 2014, the pandemic, and then a full-scale war, made serious adjustments to the university’s plans, but at the same time contributed to the strengthening and optimization of the actions of the team that implementing these international projects.