Victor Yushchenko took part in a ceremony to present awards to laureates of the Science Prize and young winners of the Presidential Annual Science Award, the President press office informed.

Vyacheslav Kyrylenko, Humanitarian Premier, Ivan Vasyunyk, First Deputy Chief of Staff, and Borys Paton, President of the National Academy of Sciences, attended the event.

Addressing this year’s winners, the Head of State said country’s intellectual potential determined its successful future.

“We are convinced that the future of any nation in the third millennium depends on science, education, and technologies. We want to see Ukraine competitive and successful,” he said. “Your achievements show that Ukraine has lots of things and peopleto be proud of.”

“It is wonderful that theoreticians follow great traditions of their predecessors and enrich the world’s treasury of fundamental science,” he continued.

Then Mr. Yushchenko thanked practicing scientists for their work: “Your research in the field of information technologies, energy efficiency, metallurgy, and agriculture contributed to our country’s competitiveness.”
He also complimented them on “systematic high-quality research in medicine, biology, environmental studies and ethnic culture.”

The Chief of State said it “was painful for everyone to see our education, medicine, culture, history and ethnography neglected for ten or fifteen years” but assured those present this would never happen again.

The President said he was particularly happy to honor young people that contributed to the development of science and wished them to “outstrip their predecessors.”

Borys Paton thanked the Head of State for appreciating their work and responsibly supporting national science.


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