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Partnership with Ukrainian Catholic University recognized with Heiskell Award
In recognition for its support of Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU), the University of Notre Dame has been awarded the 2023 Institute of International Education (IIE) Heiskell Award for Strategic Partnerships. Notre Dame has been deeply engaged with UCU for more than 20 years. However, since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022, the University has demonstrated solidarity with Ukraine in a number of significant ways.

Between Lviv and Lublin: A friendship forged at Notre Dame has helped sustain a Ukrainian family in wartime
On the one-year anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Nanovic Institute is honored to share the story of two of their former visiting fellows. Svitlana Khyliuk, director of the Ukrainian Catholic University law school, and Magdalena Charzyńska-Wójcik, associate professor at John Paul II Catholic University in Lublin, met at Nanovic in the fall of 2021. Their home universities are both members of the Catholic Universities Partnership, an initiative led by the Nanovic Institute to foster mutual support, elevation, and development of Catholic higher education and civil society in post-communist and post-Soviet Europe.

Strength in solidarity: UCU delegation visits Notre Dame University
Since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine on 24 February, The University of Notre Dame in many ways has demonstrated its solidarity with Ukraine and significantly expanded its support and cooperation with Ukrainian Catholic University. The University of Notre Dame (USA) held an international seminar from 10 to 15 October on promoting global education and the common good, at which representatives from Ukrainian Catholic University took part. UCU was represented at the international seminar by: Liubomyr Tarnovskyi, Vice-Rector for Administration and Finance; Halyna Zherebetska, deputy director of Development department; Marta Tychenko, head of UCU Student Career Office; Anna-Yustyna Turchynovska, head of the UCU Admissions Office; and Nadiia Nakonechna, Head of the Educational Policies Department. Responsible for the organization of the seminar and the visit of the delegation was Notre Dame’s Vice President & Associate Provost for Internationalization, Michael Pippenger.

A Ukrainian academic on sabbatical experiences solidarity at Notre Dame
It is early March, and I am walking through Georgetown in Washington, D.C. I come across a campus of the Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School. I read the plate about its foundation in 1799 and its uninterrupted history for two centuries. Suddenly it occurs to me: I wish I could remember a single institution of learning in Ukraine that could enjoy at least 50 years of existence without any major disruption.

Standing in solidarity: Notre Dame expands partnership with Ukrainian Catholic University
Former University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., and Metropolitan-Archbishop Borys Gudziak, organizer and president of Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU), entered into an agreement today to significantly expand the existing academic, religious and cultural partnerships between the two universities. The enhancements come in advance of Notre Dame conferring an honorary degree on the archbishop Sunday in its 177th University Commencement Ceremony, where he will also serve as the principal commencement speaker.

 Mc 5 Ukrainian Metropolitan-Archbishop Borys Gudziak delivers Notre Dame's keynote commencement address at the 177th commencement ceremony May 15, 2022

Ukrainian Archbishop Borys Gudziak to deliver Notre Dame’s 2022 commencement address
Metropolitan-Archbishop Borys Gudziak, the highest-ranking Ukrainian Catholic prelate in the United States and organizer and president of Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU), will be the principal speaker and receive an honorary degree at the University of Notre Dame’s 177th University Commencement Ceremony on May 15, 2022.

The bonds between Notre Dame and Ukraine
Notre Dame’s relationship with Ukraine is in large measure related to its close ties with Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU), established in Lviv in 2002 as the first Catholic university founded on territory of the former Soviet Union.

2019 Notre Dame Award: Archbishop Borys Gudziak
Ukrainian Catholic Archbishop Borys Gudziak received the 2019 Notre Dame Award for his work for religious and academic freedom, and for his courageous and visionary leadership of the first Catholic university established in the territory of the former Soviet Union.

The Professors
Archbishop Gudziak gave University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., a tour of Emmaus House June 27, two days before Father Jenkins presented the archbishop with the 2019 Notre Dame Award for his work in founding and growing the first Catholic university in former Soviet territory.

Fighting for Freedom of Thought
A. James McAdams, the William M. Scholl Professor of International Affairs and, at the time, the director of Notre Dame’s Nanovic Institute for European Studies, gives Elly Bleier '20 the opportunity to teach at UCU, and with it a deeper understanding of the country where she was born, and its people and culture.

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The Catholic Universities Partnership
The Catholic Universities Partnership, formed under the leadership of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame, includes the Ukrainian Catholic University, which hosted the annual conference in Lviv in 2008. Since then, more than 20 faculty members at UCU have spent time at Notre Dame through the Nanovic Institute's visiting scholars program. The partnership began in 2003 as an initiative to foster mutual support, elevation, and development of Catholic higher education and civil society in post-communist and post-Soviet Europe.

Notre Dame and Ukrainian Catholic University MOU
Notre Dame and the Ukrainian Catholic University signed a memorandum of understanding for the two institutions to “develop collaborations and exchanges in fields of shared interest and expertise.”

Nd Ucu Page 2University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. and The Right Reverend Borys Gudziak, Archeparch of Philadelphia sign a memorandum of understanding on the campus of Ukranian Catholic University (UCU) in Lviv, Ukraine.


*Top Photo: June 27, 2019; The Right Reverend Borys Gudziak, Archeparch of Philadelphia chats with University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. on the campus of Ukranian Catholic University (UCU) in Lviv, Ukraine. Archbishop Gudziak, a former rector of UCU, was named the 2019 recipient of the Notre Dame Award. (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)