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European university group welcomes Ukrainian member

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National Technical University of Ukraine joins group amid hopes of its country entering the EU

The Cesaer group of over 50 European science and technology universities has welcomed its first Ukrainian member.

The National Technical University of Ukraine—Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute (KPI)—accepted Cesaer’s invitation to join the group amid Ukrainian hopes of becoming a member of the EU.

“Working together in Europe will ensure the fastest possible entry of our country into the EU with high standards of economic development and security, as well as advancing the contribution of education and science to building a new, more secure Europe together across the whole continent,” said KPI rector Mykhailo Zgurovsky.

Cesaer announced on 4 January that it had invited KPI to join the group back in October because of its “excellent science and technology research, education and innovation, and its leading position in Ukraine, Europe and beyond”. After accepting the invitation, KPI became a member of Cesaer on 1 January.

“The Putin regime’s war against Ukraine has indiscriminately attacked civilians, infrastructure and universities; just as with defence, the rebuilding of Ukraine will require support from the international community, and we look forward to working closely with KPI as it continues to play a vital role in securing Ukraine’s future,” said Cesaer president Rik Van de Walle.