On December 12th Sumy City Council held the signing of the Memorandum of understanding and cooperation in the field of adult education.

The agreement was signed by the rector of Sumy State University Anatoliy Vasylyev, Sumy Mayor Oleksandr Lysenko, representatives of the Institute of International Cooperation “German association of national universities” (DVV International) in Ukraine, Public Union “Ukrainian association of adult education”, Public organization “Center of lifelong learning”.

The Memorandum goal is integrating efforts of all the signatories for further creation of comfortable conditions for adult population education, through education programs and events supporting, promotion of raising the level of population awareness of value and necessity of adult education development.

“If necessary, parties organize and conduct joint social, cultural, educational initiatives and events: round tables, briefings, trainings, seminars, conferences, study courses, information and education campaigns and so on for achieving the Memorandum goals”, - noted the Head of “Center of Lifelong Learning” Yurii Petrushenko.

Anatoliy Vasylyev brought into focus, that the subject of adult education is not new for SSU and currently rather topical, since modern society needs competent citizens. “SSU and City Council developed effective cooperation. I hope that our dream of creating the University of elderly people in time will come true in Sumy”, - rector said.

Sumy – 6th city in Ukraine, where the initiative of adult education will be introduced. Regional director of DVV International in Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova Bettina Brand noted, that there is benefit for both in the context of an individual and society in general: economy changes, and, more important, social togetherness improves.

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