The capital of eastern Ukraine has unveiled a new monument to Ukrainian satirist and academic Petro Gulak-Artemovskiy, who served as head of Kharkiv University in the mid-nineteenth century. The memorial was possible thanks to support from Kharkiv business community leader Oleksandr Yaroslavsky, who has invested significantly in the city’s development – most notably during preparations for Kharkiv’s international debut as one of the host cities during the Euro 2013 football championship.
During the unveiling of the monument, Kharkiv National University Rector Vil Bakirov reflected on Gulak-Artemovskiy’s contribution to the development of Ukrainian culture, science and education. “Today we remember one of this country’s most outstanding and unique university professors,” he commented, before thanking Mr. Yaroslavskiy, who is a member of the university supervisory board, for his role in the erection of the new monument. DCH Group Deputy President Elena Derevyanko also stressed the strategic importance of Kharkiv’s intellectual capital to the development of the Group and to the regional economy in general.
This was the latest step in a long-term process of academic support in the Kharkiv region initiated by Yaroslavsky and his DCH Group. In 2016, Yaroslavsky was the driving force behind a move to install monuments to the numerous Nobel laureates with studied and worked at Kharkiv State University, along with recognition for other prominent members of Kharkiv’s rich academic heritage.
These efforts have also included support for contemporary study conditions local institutes, with the State University’s Faculty of Nutrition and Commerce recently receiving a full IT makeover in 2016. Meanwhile, Yaroslavsky’s Kharkiv Tractor Factory this year signed a strategic cooperation partnership with the Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute.