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Celebrating 200 Years: University of Wrocław

Lara Kalashnikova



The President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, visited Wrocław on 15 November to take part with Polish President, Bronisław Komorowski, and the Federal President of Germany, Christian Wulff, in celebrating the 200th anniversary of the University of Wrocław.
The history of the University of Wrocław is a synthesis of the traditions of the Polish University in Lwów and the German University in Wrocław. After World War II, when Lwów became part of Ukraine and the area of Lower Silesia–with Wrocław as its capital–became a part of Polish territory, many academics from Ukraine, Poland and Germany concentrated their forces to support the growth of the University. All of these elements formed a unique centre of study and scientific research esteemed in Poland. The University of Wrocław is proud of the impressive list of honorary doctorates and Nobel Prizes granted to its graduates and professors.
The University of Wrocław celebrated the 200th anniversary of its establishment with the participation of distinguished guests. Special events were held in historically important places such as the Monument to the Murdered Lwów Professors, Aula Leopoldina at the University of Wrocław, and in City Hall.
Presidents Komorowski and Christian Wulff started their visit by laying flowers at the Monument to the Murdered Lwów Professors. The tragic events of the murdered Polish professors occurred 70 years ago, on 4 July, 1941 in a place called Wzgórz Wuleckich. Approximately 25 Polish academics from Lwów University, along with their families, were shot by the Nazis.
Unfortunately, Viktor Yanukovych did not attend the morning ceremony, due to the fog in Wrocław. After the morning event, the Presidents continued their official visit by attending the celebration ceremony of the 200th anniversary of founding the University of Wrocław. Following this, Bronisław Komorowski, Christian Wulff, and Viktor Yanukovych participated in tripartite talks.
While the Presidents were in Wrocław, they discussed relations between Ukraine, Poland and Germany, and obviously special emphasis was placed on the issue of the conclusion of the Ukraine - European Union Association Agreement at the end of the year. The main topic of the meeting was the continuing imprisonment of Yulia Tymoshenko. She is the former Prime Minister of Ukraine who was sentenced in October to seven years in prison for fraud after she was accused of exceeding her powers in office during a 2009 gas agreement with Russia.

Three Heads of State spent this day exchanging constructive proposals for improving relations between their countries and enjoying the hospitality of Wrocław

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