On November 1-5, 2022, associate professor and senior teacher of the Department of Psychology, Political Science and Socio-Cultural Technologies A. Kostenko and Y. Savelieva participated in the DIALOGUE PROGRAM "Women and War. How Could Women's Networking Assist Peace" supported by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.

The participants visited the National Institute for Public Administration, the representative office of UN Woman, gender non-governmental organizations and analytical centers of Moldova. The purpose of the program is to establish cooperation between expert groups of Ukraine and Moldova in the direction of promoting gender equality issues, building peace and overcoming the consequences of war.

On October 26-28, Candidate of Political Science, Director of Research Center for Regional Security Mykola Nazarov attended a conference on current trends in international security in Helsinki. In the report "Asymmetric Warfare Strategies and Methods in Russia – Ukraine War", the scientist highlighted key asymmetric approaches used by Ukraine to combat aggression.

The conference is organized by the University of Helsinki and is one of the largest annual conferences on the study of Russia and Eastern Europe in the world. The theme of the conference changes from year to year, and some of the most interesting scientists on the current topic are invited as keynote speakers.

On February 1, 2022, in accordance with the order of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, Povalii Tetiana Leonidivna was awarded the academic title of docent at the Department of Psychology, Political Science and Socio-Cultural Technologies. The staff of the Department congratulates the colleague with a new professional achievement and wishes further realization of new ideas and creative inspiration!

From the beginning of 2022, students and future entrants of SumDU have the opportunity to study a special online course "Basic Rules of Security in the Digital Environment".

Along with the opportunities provided by information and communication technologies, we sometimes face threats that have arisen in the new digital reality – cybercrime, cyber espionage, intellectual property theft, and so on. Information and cybersecurity skills are essential to prevent all of these risks.

On February 15, 2022, the joint virtual mobility between the SumDU Faculty of Foreign Philology and Social Communications and the Institute of Pedagogy and Psychology of the Abai Kazakh National Pedagogical University began. 27 applicants of the educational-professional programs "Psychology" of the first (bachelor's) level of higher education of SumDU and 21 applicants of the educational-professional program "Social sciences (Psychology)" of the first (bachelor's) level of higher education of the Abai Kazakh National Pedagogical University take part in the Program of joint virtual mobility. Students of partner higher education institutions develop the professional competencies needed to plan and conduct experimental psychological research. We wish you fruitful and fascinating work!

On September 15-16, 2021, students Karina Korczaka (PL-81), Mariya Karch (PL-81) and Evgeniya Babaevskaya (PL-91) and associate professor of the Department of Psychology, Political Science and Socio-Cultural Technologies Tetyana Ivanova took part in the Hagia Sophia International Conference on Multidisciplinary Scientific Studies. The conference was held online in Istanbul (Turkey). It was attended by researchers from many countries, including India, Iran, Moldova, Pakistan, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and others. The working language of the conference was English.

Participants from SumDU presented the results of their research and were able to get acquainted with relevant scientific areas, including in the field of psychology. As a result of the conference, participants received certificates as well as useful experience for future scientific work.

We congratulate senior lecturer of the Department, candidate of political sciences, head of the Research Center for Regional Security Mykola Nazarov with the victory in the contest "The Best Young Scientist of SumDU" in the nomination "Humanities and Arts". We wish you new accomplishments and victories!

With the aim of developing constructive contacts with employers and providing practical component of training on the educational program «Management of sociocultural activities» on April 19, 3-rd year students within the discipline «Event-management» listened to a lecture by producer and cultural promotion specialist Romana Batrak (Kyiv-Lviv). Lecturer – former co-founder of the NGO «CUC» (Contemporary Ukrainian Cinema), curator of the film program of the festival of popular culture Kyiv Comic Con. Her work includes a number of interesting and large-scale projects, including the promotion of Nariman Aliyev's films «Home» and Antonio Lukic's «My Thoughts Are Quiet». She is engaged in communication of film production ForeFilms and its film project, including the film «Atlantis» by Valentin Vasyanovich.

On February 17, the Ukrainian Crisis Media Center hosted a briefing entitled "Sustainability and Security: What Can Ukraine Learn from NATO?" The event was co-organized by the Center for Regional Security Studies and the Department of Psychology, Political Science and Socio-Cultural Technologies. The discussion was attended by representatives of the Ukrainian Government, foreign diplomats, MPs of Ukraine and experts in the field of national stability.

Mykola Nazarov, Candidate of Political Science, Head of the Center for Regional Security Studies, stressed that the authorities should emphasize the regional aspect of national security. The state and the leaders of the state alone cannot build a successful state and successfully defend themselves against aggression. The result is possible only in cooperation between the state and civil society institutions.

On 10 February, students from the department took part in a series of lectures and discussions with diplomats from NATO Headquarters. The key topics of the lectures were the history and key values of NATO; the current state of relations between Ukraine and NATO and the prospect of membership; practical tools to assist the Alliance in Ukraine.

Dr. Petr Lunyak, a diplomat at NATO Headquarters, said: "It is important for NATO today to communicate with the youth of NATO and Partner countries in order to have a clear understanding of the organisation's mission and future goals".

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