Ambassador Yovanovitch Remarks at Window on America Opening at Mariupol State University

October 24, 2018

Thank you! Thank you very much! It is such a pleasure to be here with all of you today, and with such a distinguished delegation led by the Rector.

You have just outlined just another step in terms of developing the great partnership that the U.S. Embassy has with Mariupol State University.

And the purpose of that partnership is to promote closer ties between the people of Mariupol, Donetsk, Ukraine and the people of the United States.

This is the 16th year that we have Windows on America in Ukraine and it is the 29th center that we are opening in Ukraine.

So the Window, as we call it – and I think it’s a very symbolic name – the Window on America is a resource for all of you to connect to the U.S. through discussions, film screenings and skill-building workshops to support Ukraine’s political and economic reforms.

We’re going to be offering English language resources and up-to-date information about U.S society and culture.  And I just want to add – looking at the age of some the people in this audience – including study opportunities, educational opportunities in the United States.

There’s going to be a really cool program, called the Virtual Exchange Program for students in Mariupol to improve their English.  And you don’t even have to be physically present right here at the Window, you can be anywhere else and do this virtually.

And the Window has not forgotten teachers either. There are going to be state-of-the-art teaching materials that can help supplement English lessons and help teach their students valuable critical thinking skills.

And the local businesses that need help in finding potential partners in the United States, they can use the materials that are here to search for U.S. business partners and economic and trade policies.

We think this is going to be an incredible tool to learn more about the United States.  We hope that lots of you are going to take advantage of it.

And we’re proud to be partnering with the city of Mariupol, with the University and want to thank everybody who has been responsible for helping make this happen.  I know it always takes a very big team and I want to thank all of you!