On March 18th, 2016 the opening ceremony of the International Student Conference ‘Student Government of European Type’ took place at Sumy State University. More than 100 representatives of Ukrainian universities’ Student Government from 18 regions of Ukraine joined the event.

During the ceremonial meeting SSU Rector Anatoliy Vasylyev said, that Sumy State University was a nice place being worthy of meeting students from all over Ukraine, carrying working discussions and making fruitful decision; the University had the well-established democratic traditions and strong and developed Student Government Body. Anatoliy Vasylyev also spoke about the main directions of university’s activities and its achievements. He emphasized that the Student Government occupied an important place in the work of the University, in particular, in education quality assessment system being actively implemented by SSU.

The Deputy Head of the Regional Department of Youth and Sport Olha Reznichenko said that the event took part in the regional competition of youth projects. According to her, this project didn’t win, but the competition commission liked it so much, that it was decided to include it in the schedule of administration activities. So today, the conference was held partly with the support of the Regional Department of Youth and Sport including the financial contribution of 20 thousand UAH. She also called Student Government ‘efficient and effective management body, which work is directed at the result’, and an internal project competition, which was held at the University – ‘a unique phenomenon in the Ukrainian education’.

The conference will last until March 20th, 2016. Its priority consists in the development of non-formal education, e.g. the implementation of events aimed at acquiring knowledge and skills by students outside the education system. The event provides trainings on the following subjects: ‘The structure and purpose of Student Government Body’, ‘Active society – successful country,’ the discussion of Student Government issues and the conference ‘Student Government of European Type.’ Due to the expansion of rights and opportunities there are urgent issues concerning the sphere of Student Government in the new Law of Ukraine ‘On Higher Education’ that need consideration and solutions. Therefore, the participants will work in the following areas: looking for new ways of Student Government Body development and modern methods of work with students, improving the competence of Student Government representatives through the exchange of experience and creative ideas of representatives of various universities in Ukraine and Western Europe. Also, the participants will discuss the issues of students’ interest in university’s public life and methods of informing the youth, disadvantages of the Law of Ukraine ‘On higher education’ and making suggestions for the next edition, the structure and methods of work of Student Government in medical universities, and the possible fundraising methods of Student Government.

The first All-Ukrainian Student Conference was held at Sumy State University in 2005. The Student Government has been actively operating in this university for over 16 years and has extensive experience in organization of such events.

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