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Leader of Wales Orthodox Mission backs new agreement

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The leader of the Wales Orthodox Mission has given his backing to a new agreement between a Welsh and Ukrainian university.

Archimandrite Deiniol, administrator of the Mission, visited Glyndŵr University as it signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Chernigov State Technological University.

The agreement will see the two institutions work closely on research and developing new undergraduate and postgraduate degree pathways.

Students from the Ukrainian university have been spending time studying in Wrexham for the past three years and the agreement will strengthen these existing links.

Professor Michael Scott, Vice-Chancellor of Glyndŵr University, said: “We are delighted to be strengthening our relations with Chernigov State Technological University.

"Both institutions will I’m sure benefit greatly from working even more closely together and we’re looking forward to seeing how much we can achieve together in the future.”

Father Deiniol has offered to be available to provide spiritual support to students from eastern Europe during any time spent in Wrexham and congratulated Glyndŵr University on signing the agreement.

He said: “I feel a great deal of civic pride at my home town now having the splendid, innovative, forward-looking university which Glyndŵr is, and I feel great joy and honour being in touch with the University and offering some small collaboration.

“That this includes collaboration with Ukrainian students and academics and Ukrainian Universities is for me even more poignant, as a priest of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Diaspora, and accordingly I rejoice in the Memorandum of Understanding having been signed between both institutions and having had the opportunity to spend time with representatives from both Glyndŵr and Chernigov on such a special day.”

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