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  • Germany and Ukraine want to work together to modernise gas pipelines in the former Soviet satellite state, the two countries' leaders said on Monday. At a joint news conference with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the two countries would launch a business forum this autumn as a platform for the expansion of energy ties and German investment.

    "In particular, the possibility should be discussed of how and to what extent Germany can play a constructive role in the restructuring of the Ukrainian gas market," Merkel said.

    Ukraine runs the main transit route for Russian gas headed to Europe, and Kiev and Moscow have a history of gas pricing disputes that have disrupted European supplies.


    Source: Reuters
  • Thinking about a career in the nuclear industry? Concerned about the outlook for such a specialized field? Careers in the nuclear energy industry offer challenging work, competitive salaries and benefits, and opportunities for advancement. The industry anticipates the need for significant numbers of entry-level employees in all categories, but there also is a need for mid-career staff and individuals who have served in the military and are ready to move into the civilian sector.

    Training is a major focus in the nuclear industry as workers continuously sharpen and expand their knowledge and skills, as well as learn new skills. The goal is excellent performance on the job, providing the opportunity to expand responsibilities or change jobs within the organization.

    There are a very few universities worldwide which offers Nuclear studies and Ukraine is one such European country which offers nuclear studies at the undergraduate level at a very affordable price. Education has always been an integral part of Ukraine's development. It has established developed and ramified system of higher education, recognized throughout the world. Specialists, who graduate from Universities in Ukraine, are valued and properly paid worldwide. Not to mention that many Indian graduates, who studied in Ukraine remain in this country and start their business here.

    Sevastopol National University of Nuclear energy and industry is a fundamental institution of the Ministry of Fuel and Power Engineering of Ukraine which prepares specialists in power plant management for the nuclear industrial complex, energy supply and energy preserving systems, protection of the environment, and information technologies. Graduates of the University get Master's Degree in their major. This degree is recognized by major world companies, working in the field of Nuclear energy. The University also has a number of treaties on post graduate teaching of foreign specialists.

    Express India
  • First batch of AN-32 from India to Ukraine for upgrade

    Aug 09, 2010

    India has sent a batch of its AN-32 transport aircraft of the IAF to Ukraine for a life extension and overhaul programme, the Rajya Sabha was informed today. In a written reply to members' questions, Defence Minister A K Antony informed the House that India signed a deal with Ukraine for total life extension, overhaul and re-equipment of the AN-32 medium lift transport aircraft in June last year. "The up-to-date equipment which will be fitted on the aircraft during the modernisation induce avionics and hydraulic systems," he said. With this programme, India expects to increase the life of the aircraft by 15 years. With this upgrade, the 105 AN-32s of the IAF would serve for a total of 40 years since its induction about three decades ago. AN-32s are the workhorses of the IAF, which uses these aircraft for air maintenance of Indian troops in inaccessible areas such as Siachen and high altitude bases such as Leh.
  • Ukraine's producer of turbine equipment, Kharkiv-based Turboatom, and India's Larsen & Toubro Limited are planning to agree in July on the creation of a consortium to supply water turbines to Indian hydroelectric stations, Turboatom's press service has reported.

    "An agreement on the creation of a consortium for the joint delivery of equipment is to be signed in July this year. The leader of the consortium, Larsen & Toubro, will ensure Turboatom's operational participation in tenders and will favor the receipt of orders," reads the statement.

    The two companies signed a protocol on cooperation during the visit of Turboatom's delegation to India. "According to the document, Turboatom and Larsen & Toubro will set up a consortium to receive orders on the supply of turbines for Indian hydroelectric power stations, the construction of which will be launched within the next three years," Turboatom's press service reported.

    In particular, Turboatom will supply water turbines to the Sikkim hydroelectric power station, where four 75-megawatt turbines will be installed, the Arunachal Pradesh hydroelectric station - three 200-megawatt turbines, the Tawang hydroelectric station - four 200-megawatt turbines, and other hydroelectric power plants (a total of 38 projects). Through such cooperation, the companies are planning to occupy 45% of the hydropower market in India.

    Moreover, Turboatom's representatives, during negotiations with the leadership of the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL), discussed the prospects for cooperation in power engineering. In particular, they considered the possible participation of the Ukrainian enterprise in the supply of turbine generating units to Indian nuclear power plants.

    Turboatom manufactures turbines for thermal and nuclear power stations, hydraulic turbines for hydroelectric power stations and pumped hydroelectric storage plants, as well as steam and gas equipment. A 75.22% stake in Turboatom belongs to the state.


  • KIEV, Ukraine - Ukraine and NATO have launched two weeks of military exercises, demonstrating that co-operation continues between the alliance and the former Soviet republic despite the president's decision to halt efforts to seek membership in the alliance. The drills that began Monday include land, naval and air drills and involve around 3,000 troops from 12 countries, including the U.S., Belgium and Germany. The exercises are focused on combatting sea piracy. Ukrainian sailors have frequently been seized by pirates in recent years.

    Associated Press
  • The Israeli government by the majority of votes adopted a decision about abolishment of a visa regime with Ukraine.
    A decision will work no earlier than autumn of next year, first it will be necessary to sign a bilateral agreement between the foreign ministries of both countries, then it will be ratified at the Parliaments of Israel and Ukraine, and only in three months following that it will come into force. Israel that initiated that step expects an inflow of Ukrainian tourists, up to 200,000 instead of the present 73,000 a year. Director of the MFA Information Policy Oleh Voloshyn is convinced that "removal of such a barrier for citizens as abolishment of visas will undoubtedly have a positive influence on trade-economic relations of the two countries."

    Source: Ukrainian Radio
  • A Russian-Ukrainian converted SS-18 intercontinental ballistic missile will lift off from the Baikonur space center on Monday to put Germany's TanDEM-X satellite in orbit.
    Together with its twin, TerraSAR-X, TanDEM-X will survey all 150 million square kilometers of Earth's land surface several times during its three-year mission.
    TanDEM-X (TerraSAR-X add-on for Digital Elevation Measurement) is set to open a new era in space borne radar remote sensing.
    The first bistatic SAR mission involves flying the two satellites in a closely controlled formation, with typical distances between 250m and 500 m.

    Source: The Voice of Russia
  • U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar applauded the opening of the Interim Central Reference Laboratory in Odessa, Ukraine, this week, announcing that it will be instrumental in researching dangerous pathogens used by bioterrorists.

    The level-3 bio-safety lab, which is the first built under the expanded authority of the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program, will be used to study anthrax, tularemia and Q fever as well as other dangerous pathogens.

    "The continuing cooperation of Nunn-Lugar partners has improved safety for all people against weapons of mass destruction and potential terrorist use, in addition to advancements in the prevention of pandemics and public health consequences," Lugar said.

    Lugar said plans for the facility began in 2005 when he and then Senator Barack Obama entered a partnership with Ukrainian officials. Lugar and Obama also helped coordinate efforts between the U.S and Ukrainian researchers that year in an effort to study and help prevent avian flu.

    The Nunn-Lugar Act, which established the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, was established in 1991. Since that time it has provided funding and assistance to help the former Soviet Union dismantle and safeguard large stockpiles of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. The program has also been responsible for destroying chemical weapons in Albania, Lugar said.


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  • According to Viktor Yanukovych, President of Ukraine, country wants to maintain gas transit to Europe at no less than 120 billion cubic meters a year and is ready to set up a consortium to boost volumes to 200 billion cubic meters a year.
    He said that "We are interested in maintaining volumes through the Ukrainian gas transportation system to Europe at no less than 120 billion cubic meter. If the EU and Russia are interested in boosting shipment volumes, we are ready to consider that project. We have proposed this idea and are saying that there is such a possibility a phased increase in delivery volumes to Europe up to 200 billion cubic meters."
    He added that modernization of the Ukrainian gas transportation system is possible in three phases. The first phase involves construction of the Bohorodchany-Uzhgorod pipeline. In the second phase, the gas transportation system would be upgraded while the overall system continues to operate. The third phase would see construction of additional pipeline segments parallel to existing ones. It will take 10 years to carry out the entire project, with the first phase requiring two to three years and the second three to four years.

    Source: SteelGuru
  • Bulgaria has simplified visa procedures for Ukrainian citizens, beginning on June 15. According to the relevant directive by the Bulgarian Foreign Affairs Ministry, free visas will be issued to participants in international youth sports events; students and teachers visiting Bulgaria for education and participation in educational trainings; scientists traveling to the country to conduct research; representatives of non-commercial organizations aged up to 25; participants in official exchange programs between twin cities.

    In addition, an applicant that has received at least one Bulgarian visa within the past year and used the visa lawfully and proves and is able to prove that he needs to visit the country are eligible for multiple visas for periods of up to one year.


    Source: Financial channel
  • UEFA testing has shown that Ukraine is ready to co-host the 2012 European Championship with Poland. The country's political and football leaders were able to put forth a strong case with their definitive project deadlines during a meeting on Wednesday. UEFA did not see any signs to cause concern about Kyiv's commitment. The next evaluation is scheduled for September said the deputy prime minister Boris Kolesnykov. "Everything is in the hands of Poland and Ukraine, and we should work, work and work."

    Poland is hosting in Warsaw, Gdansk, Poznan and Wroclaw and Ukraine in Kyiv, Donetsk, Kharkiv and Lviv. But the infrastructure strengthening in the Ukranian cities has been slow because of a combination of factors including poor weather conditions and financial difficulties. Now things appear back on track as UEFA said, "There are, however, no signs at all today that Kyiv will not be in a position to host Euro 2012." Euro 2012 is scheduled for June 8th through July 1st and will involve 31 matches between 16 teams.

    This championship is said to boost significantly development of Ukrainian hotel and entertainment industry and will open thousands of working places for ukrainians and visitors from abroad. Because of this fact number of international students who desire to study hotel management courses in Ukraine has increased by almost 300%, some independent estimations say.

  • President Viktor Yanukovych is aiming to catapult Ukraine into the world's top 20 most developed countries by 2020 -- and is relying on sweeping reforms and free trade with Europe and former Soviet nations to do it. Ukrainian leader said that by 2014 GDP growth will hit a steady 5 percent, and the budget deficit will shrink to 2 percent of GDP from today's 13.6 percent. He says he hopes liberalized trade with the EU and Russia will bring Western living standards to Ukraine, which the International Monetary Fund labelled as "developing" in 2009. Source: Business week
  • The Enerhoatom - national nuclear power generating company of Ukraine - and Russia's TVEL have sealed a long-term contract for supplying new nuclear fuel to Ukrainian nuclear power stations following 2010, a joint press-release reports. Yurii Nedashkivskyi, Enerhoatom president, and Yuri Olenin, TVEL president, signed the contract on June 1 in execution of the decision taken in the minutes of the sixth meeting of the Ukrainian-Russian Committee on Economic Cooperation dated April 30, 2010. Earlier in March, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych told the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine to promote cooperation with the Russian Federation in delivering nuclear fuel to Ukrainian NPPs. Source: Ukrainian News
  • The delivery of hospitality sector projects in Ukraine will be streamlined at all levels, an audience of major hotel investors has heard at a specially arranged international conference. The ‘Euro 2012 – Long-term Investment Opportunities for Ukraine's Hotel and Leisure Sector’ conference, which took place in Kiev today (Monday 31 May), heard Vice Prime Minister Borys Kolesnikov tell representatives of the global hotel industry he would get tough on local authorities to beat bureaucratic delays. Speaking at the event, which aimed to capitalise on Ukraine’s status as host of football championship Euro 2012, the Vice Prime Minister also pledged to activate a dedicated hospitality sector hotline to allow even small scale hotel investors to engage with high level authorities to ensure the smooth delivery of their projects. The event was opened by President Yanukovych, who looked forward to working with the international hotel sector in a spirit of partnership, and gave a personal commitment to deliver a world-class Euro 2012, with a lasting long-term tourism legacy. Conference delegate John Litzenberger, Vice President of International Hotel Development at Marriott International, commented: “It is great to see the issue of hotel and hospitality provision in Ukraine being addressed at so high a level. The new government accepts there is a lot to do, but Ukraine certainly has the potential for a highly successful tourism sector". Ukraine is the second-largest country in Eastern Europe and already welcomes over 20 million tourists each year, with an additional 500,000 expected for Euro 2012. A package of hotel investment incentives, which includes tax efficiencies, streamlined construction permit procedures, and land plot allocation, is already being delivered. As the audience of international hotel operators and investors heard Ukraine, which is a strategic market for the EU, CIS, and the Middle East, needs 200,000 new hotel rooms to meet anticipated demand for Euro 2012. Source: WFI news
  • Ukraine's president, after a series of moves strengthening ties with Russia, sought to balance his foreign policy on Friday, saying preparations for an association agreement with the European Union had to be accelerated.

    An association agreement, which includes a free trade pact, has been under discussion for several years between Brussels and Kiev. Eyeing a summit meeting in mid-October, President Viktor Yanukovich said preparations had to be stepped up for signing an agreement.

    "It is extremely necessary for us that the country sees prospects here. Since European integration remains one of the priority directions for our external policy, we have to map out effective measures today," he told aides, according to Interfax news agency. Yanukovich also said work had to be intensified to secure visa-free travel between Ukraine and the EU bloc. Brussels agreed this was a realistic target for Ukraine "but we will still have to do a lot to get a visa-free regime," Yanukovich said. 

    After coming to power in late February, Yanukovich made his first foreign trip to Brussels where he met top EU officials. He said then that taking Ukraine into the European mainstream remained his key foreign policy objective. But he has since also moved to improve relations with Russia with a series of steps including extending the Russian navy's stay in a Ukrainian port until the middle of the century in exchange for cheaper gas.

    Source: Reuters
  • Ukrainian managers named best in the world

    May 21, 2010

    The final of the XXXI World Championship in strategic management took place in Khanty-Mansyisk (Russia) on the 19th of May 2010. For the first time in the Championship's history victory was won by Ukrainian team: Markiyan Serchinskiy, Taras Gera, Ostap Kushpeta, Vladimir Mysak, and Sophia Sidor. 32 countries of Europe, Asia, Africa and American continent were participating in the contest.
    Thanks to the victory of the Ukrainian expansion team, the International organization committee Global Management Challenge International addressed with a suggestion to carry out the World Championship in strategic management 2012 in Ukraine.
    The World Championship in strategic management Global Management Challenge International is being conducted since 1980. More than 30 000 top-managers from 32 countries from all over the world (Angola, Austria, Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, UK, Hungary, Ghana, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Denmark, India, Spain, Italy, China, Latvia, Macao, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Turkey, Ukraine, Finland, France, Czech Republic)participate in the Championship annually.
    Ukraine was the first CIS country to join the Championship participation in 2006. During four years managers of more than 300 of major national and multinational companies took part in the Championship, Ernst&Young, KPMG, Delloite, PWC, "Ukreksimbank", "Ukrsibbank", "ОТР Bank", "SEB Bank", "Kyivstar", МТS, Vega, "Inkom", Datagroup, IG TAS, "Intertype", "Aerosvit", BNABP "Slavutich", AVON, JSC Ukraine, JCI, "Logos" Corporation among them.

  • The International Monetary Fund late on Wednesday approved a $15bn loan agreement for cash-strapped Ukraine, a country which was hit hard by last year's global recession.

    Kiev won IMF backing by adopting tough austerity measures and taking action against economically unsustainable utility subsidies, starting with a 50 per cent rise in household natural gas tariffs. In demonstrating its commitment to unpopular reforms, the IMF said Ukraine would receive an immediate tranche of $1.89bn (€1.45bn, £1.21bn). Additional disbursements from the 2½ year loan will depend on quarterly performance reviews.

    "Ukraine is emerging from a difficult period during which the economy was severely hit by external shocks and exacerbated by domestic vulnerabilities," said John Lipsky, first deputy managing director of the IMF.

    He added: "The authorities are committed to addressing existing imbalances and putting the economy on a path of durable growth, through important fiscal, energy, and financial sector reforms. At the core of the authorities' economic program is a comprehensive consolidation strategy to safeguard fiscal sustainability."



    Financial news
  • Ukraine beats records during Times Education Fair in Delhi

    May 17, 2010

    Ukrainian universities, represented by Proactive Group, collected maximum attention from those who visited Times Education Fair in Delhi, on May 15-16. It is the first time for Ukraine to be represented at Indian educational fair with such a great variety of courses and universities. During two days of exhibition, Proactive Group staff has conducted around 300 short on-spot consultancies, helping Indians explore benefits of studying in Ukraine. Proactive Group – the only educational consultancy in India, which is a licensed partner of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine – will continue popularizing benefits of Ukrainian education across India, supporting Ukrainian government initiative to attract more international students from India to Ukraine.
  • For the first time in the history of Indian educational fairs, the higher education of Ukraine is represented by over 30 leading Universities. On May 15 and 16, Proactive Group will participate in Times Education Boutique 2010 Delhi - the largest education fair in India, presenting the best educational institutions from around the world and attended by a great number of students, academicians, professionals, management companies, business visitors and others.

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  • Free educational seminars from Proactive Group

    May 09, 2010

    Proactive Group launches a seminar series about studying and living in Ukraine. Presentations will be given by the counsellors of Proactive Group, the only consultancy in India, which has a cooperation agreement with the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine and assists students not only in preparation of documents but also in obtaining invitation from a university, visa, health certificate and insurance, accommodation, legal support throughout the whole stay of a student in Ukraine, etc.
    In order to attend a seminar, you should first register, i.e. provide your first and last name, educational field(s) of your interest and your contact information. We will get in touch with you to confirm your attendance and give the details about the location and timing.
    Proactive Group plans to hold such seminars not only in Delhi, but in cities across India, thus, you can send us your applications from any part of the country.Students are encouraged, and even strongly recommended, to attend seminars along with their parents.

  • Proactive Group launches 3 service packages

    May 01, 2010

    Proactive Group - a licensed partner of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine - has developed three service packages for Indians, who want to get profound and affordable education in Ukraine. The package "Investment in future" has been developed for pupils, who will graduate from secondary school in 2011. Future graduates may apply for their studying in Ukraine in advance. Those who do this in May 2010 get guarantee admission in the Ukrainian university of their choice for the year 2011, as well as get a 50% discount on Proactive Group services. The package "Student UA" is aimed at those who plan to enter European university this autumn. Proactive Group helps future students to choose a university and course, based on their preferences. Provides all the necessary visa, admission and travel support. Not to mention that those students who apply in May get guaranteed admission to the University of their choice. Third package - "Additional value" - is made for those students who already have bachelor's degree in India or another country, but want to persue studying and get Master's degree in Ukraine.

  • Germany and Ukraine want to work together to modernise gas pipelines in the former Soviet satellite state, the two countries' leaders said on Monday. At a joint news conference with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the two countries would launch a business forum this autumn as a platform for the expansion of energy ties and German investment.

    "In particular, the possibility should be discussed of how and to what extent Germany can play a constructive role in the restructuring of the Ukrainian gas market," Merkel said.

    Ukraine runs the main transit route for Russian gas headed to Europe, and Kiev and Moscow have a history of gas pricing disputes that have disrupted European supplies.


    Source: Reuters
  • Germany and Ukraine want to work together to modernise gas pipelines in the former Soviet satellite state, the two countries' leaders said on Monday. At a joint news conference with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the two countries would launch a business forum this autumn as a platform for the expansion of energy ties and German investment.

    "In particular, the possibility should be discussed of how and to what extent Germany can play a constructive role in the restructuring of the Ukrainian gas market," Merkel said.

    Ukraine runs the main transit route for Russian gas headed to Europe, and Kiev and Moscow have a history of gas pricing disputes that have disrupted European supplies.


    Source: Reuters