Victor Yushchenko visited a Kharkiv Science Exhibition at Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute. About fifty institutes, scientific organizations, research laboratories, universities and enterprises displayed scientific literature, aircraft models, machines, space devices, gas and energy efficiency technologies, and environmental safety systems.

L. Tovazhnyansky, Coordinator of the Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute Pavilion, showed Mr. Yushchenko devices produced by Ukraine’s leading institutes. Then the Head of State saw a highly technological machine for plasmatic metal cutting, which wascreated by Ukrstankinprom . It is being actively sold in Ukraine but can also be a competitive export product. the President press service reported.

Then Victor Yushchenko met with scientists and directors of enterprises that invent and develop new technologies.

Kharkiv Governor Arseniy Avakov, Deputy Chief of Staff Anatoly Matviyenko, Youth and Sports Minister Yuriy Pavlenko, NAS President Borys Paton, KPI President Mykhailo Zgurovsky, Academician Volodymyr Semynozhenko and Academician Mykola Zhulynsky attended the meeting.

The Chief of State said science, education and high technologies were “strategic issues for Ukraine’s progress.” He is convinced that the development of Ukraine’s scientific potential depends on the development of political and economic culture.

“A scientist will always be wealthy in a democratic and free environment. It is an axiom,” he opined.

Yushchenko said it was important to attract investment in science in the context of Ukraine’s overall investment development.

“If we fail to invest in the national market, it will be impossible to attract investment for innovative technologies,” he said.

The President added that government and business must jointly fund science. He reiterated that Ukraine spent only 0.42% of its GDP on science, while this rate reached 2% in the EU. He said it was also necessary to improve state mechanisms of managing the scientific sector.
In his turn, Paton said the meeting was a sign of the President’s awareness of the key role of science in Ukraine's progress. He reminded those present that the Kharkiv region had Ukraine’s second biggest scientific potential after Kyiv, so it wasquite appropriate to meet in Kharkiv.

Then the participants discussed ways to introduce energy efficiency technologies, differentiate energy supplies, make nuclear reactors safer, develop technical parks, and involve scientists in formulating national programs. They also agreed that it was important to create research institutes in order to overcome barriers between educational and research vectors of science and then considered ways tobuild a knowledge-based economy.

They are going to approve a concept for Ukraine’s scientific development at a next meeting.


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