New Partners for Ventspils University of Applied Sciences Found in Ukraine


During a business trip to Ukraine from February 4 until February 8, representatives of Ventspils University of Applied Sciences (VeUAS) resided in Ukraine, creating new cooperation ties with the State Space Agency of Ukraine and Institute of Radio Astronomy in Kharkiv. The delegation consisted of VeUAS Rector Kārlis Krēsliņš, Vice Rector for Science Indra Dedze, Director of Ventspils International Radio Astronomy Centre (VIRAC) Valdis Avotiņš and researcher Vladislavs Bezrukovs.

The business trip ended in success with the conclusion of two cooperation agreements and three memorandums of understanding. The agreements and memorandums were concluded between VeUAS and State Space Agency of Ukraine, Institute of Radio Astronomy in Kharkiv, National Aviation University of Ukraine, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and National Technical University “Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute”.

With the Institute of Radio Astronomy and State Space Agency VeUAS delegation discussed cooperation in fundamental and applied research. The talks included the topic of developing and launching nanosatellites into space.

As reconstruction works of radio telescopes are under way in Ukraine, Mr. Avotiņš expressed the possibility of VIRAC specialists consulting their Ukrainian partners, in order to facilitate the technical renovation. The specialists would be able to give a helping hand in calibrating the telescopes, digital cyphering and other processes, requiring extreme precision. Thus, it would be possible to support Ukrainian colleagues in becoming associated or even full members of the European Very Long Baseline Interferometry Network.

VeUAS concluded an official cooperation agreement with Institute of Radio Astronomy in Kharkiv, however, the cooperation already has been lasting for 10 years. The signing of the agreement proved that the Institute of Radio Astronomy is committed to more advanced cooperation and creation of work groups for various research purposes.

While the universities in Ukraine are interested not only to cooperate in radio electronics and astronomy, but also in economics and business administration. VeUAS representatives shared VeUAS experience in the creation of joint study programmes. During the visit, both sides considered the cooperation possibilities with the Faculty of Translation Studies in the development of various linguistic dictionaries of space terminology. Both universities and institutes possess a large corpus of scientific journals and both expressed willingness to accept articles from the VeUAS researchers. These journals have been indexed in the Scopus and Web of Science databases.

Although the cooperation agreements were signed a short while ago, the implementation has already been started and a return visit by colleagues from Kharkiv is planned to take place soon.