DCH Group owner and president Oleksandr Yaroslavsky took time out in late October to visit two of the Kharkiv institutes that his company supports and to encourage students to build their careers in Ukraine’s second city. Yaroslavsky addressed students of Karazin Kharkiv National University and Kharkiv National University of Urban Economy on 22 October. His was an optimistic message that the country was on the right economic track and offered more than enough opportunities for professional advancement.
Yaroslavsky has previously defended his thesis as a candidate of technical sciences. In summer 2018, he received an honorary doctorate along with the title Doctor Honoris Causa from the scientific council at the Kharkiv National University of Urban Economy.
During his October visit to the Kharkiv National University of Urban Economy, Yaroslavsky inspected the monument to famous architect Alexei Beketov and the Megapolis Technology Transfer Center, both of which he financed. He explored the university’s IT cluster and learned about ongoing research into innovative construction technologies. Addressing students at the Megapolis Technology Transfer Center, Yaroslavsky spoke of his own first steps in the business world and his future investment plans, with a specific emphasis on the development of the Kharkiv Tractor Plant.
Yaroslavsky called on students to join him in the process of introducing innovations at the Kharkiv Tractor Plant and stressed the opportunities available to ambitious undergraduates in Ukraine’s second city. “There is no need to look outside of Ukraine for career opportunities. There are more than enough interesting projects here in Kharkiv to keep everyone busy for the next decade.” Meanwhile, University Rector Vladimir Babayev was on hand to present Yaroslavsky with his honorary doctorate.
The DCH Group owner also met students at the city’s oldest university, Karazin Kharkiv National University. In order to underline the importance of a good educational foundation in life, he came accompanied by his own daughter Katerina. Karazin Kharkiv National University and DCH Group have a strategic cooperation agreement in place and Yaroslavsky invited both undergraduates and academics to join his efforts to develop Kharkiv Tractor Factory. He also spoke about the importance of education. “Without education you will not reach your full potential. It is the key to everything, which is why I brought my daughter along with me today. I wanted her to imbue the centuries old tradition of academic inquiry within this university.”
He urged students to adopt a creative attitude towards building their future careers in Ukraine. “I choose to invest in Ukraine. All my projects are in this country. If I were to start my business all over again today, I would still start it in Ukraine. I have never had any doubts that Ukraine has a good economic future ahead of it. We are on the right path and can achieve anything we set out to achieve. Be ambitious and do not pay attention to any political turmoil.”
Yaroslavsky’s DCH Group has a long record of collaboration with Kharkiv’s leading institutes. The Megapolis Technology Transfer Center backed by DCH Group opened on 20 April 2018. It aims to promotion the development of technological and socially innovative ideas along with their implementation in the private sector. Meanwhile, DCH Group and Kharkiv Tractor Plant have signed strategic partnership memorandums with Karazin Kharkiv National University and Kharkiv Ploytechnical Institute. DCH Group has also financed monuments to honor some of Kharkiv’s greatest academic minds such as Nobel Prize laureates Ilya Mechnikov, Lev Landau and Simon Kuznets, along with Ukrainian literary pioneer Peter Gulak-Artemovsky and architect Alexei Beketov.