Rinat Akhmetov Foundation for Development of Ukraine and the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy Launch New Project

On 5 October 2011, Rinat Akhmetov Foundation for Development of Ukraine and the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy announced a new educational project Digital Media at Universities. The objective is to implement global standards of journalist training in Ukrainian universities so that Ukrainian students could gain the education like in the Western countries.

During the year ten teachers from five universities of Ukraine, chosen by the special committee, will learn how to teach digital media. The curriculum of Kiev, Lvov, Zaporozhye, Simferopol and Cherkassy universities will include this course as soon as in the academic year 2012-2013. The project launch ceremony and signing the Memorandum on cooperation between Foundation for Development of Ukraine, the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy and the universities took place on 5 October  at the Congregational Hall of NaUKMA.

Anatoly Zabolotny, Director of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation for Development of Ukraine: “When a few years ago we only were choosing what to do with education, we decided to go into the social sphere. We have been considering teachers, journalists, doctors … Those who are of essential importance for the country in the social sphere. We have chosen journalists. As the first step we tried to understand what will happen in this area, how to bring the future now. We decided to focus on things that will come in 5-10 years. If we want to influence the situation systematically, then you need to work with universities. I congratulate the schools that have won the contest. This will accelerate the development and will lead long-term results in the whole country. “

Sergei Kvit, the President of NaUKMA: “I am sure that this third project by Rinat Akhmetov Foundation Development of Ukraine  in the field of journalism will be as successful as the previous ones ( Digital Future of Journalism, Doctorate Program. I must say that in Europe there are no educational projects on new media like this, not sure about USA.  And this project implemented by Foundation and the School of Journalism is unique for Europe”. 

Evgeniy Fedchenko , Director of the Kyiv  Mohyla School of Journalism: “This is an extraordinary event for a future of Ukrainian journalism.  This is an unprecedented project in the cooperation between universities, and it is very difficult to name other projects, which would involve more universities to address teaching issues. This year our school celebrates 10 years since its founding, five years out of them we have been working with our partner – Foundation for Development of Ukraine. We are grateful for that fact that 5 years ago they came up with the idea that the journalism in the Ukraine can and should be changed. Then we’ve been considering the best ways to do it. They brought the idea of journalism education – to start working with digital media, the Internet, with technology, to consider how all this can change journalism in Ukraine, and how this influences the world of journalism“.

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Lazar Brodsky: the “sugar king’s” charity

“I give money not because I feel like giving but because I am aware that I need and should give.” 

(Lazar Brodsky, 19th century)

“We give money to science not because we’re wealthy; we’re wealthy because we give money to science.” 

(Jimmy Carter, US President, 20th century)

“He who gives, acquires; he who saves, loses.”

popular Eastern adage, timeless)

“The giving pledge.” 

(Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, 21st century)

The second half of the 19th and the early 20th century saw dozens of our fellow countrymen involved in an upsurge of charitable activities. They enjoyed the respect of their contemporaries, and are also remembered by grateful descendants. The life and fate of Lazar Brodsky, one of Ukraine’s wealthiest men, deserve special attention.

Brodsky was born on August 26, 1848, in the town of Zlatopil in Kyiv province, where his father Izrael, who had built the Lebedyn sugar refinery, was living. Izrael Brodsky and his two sons dedicated their energy to the sugar industry. Their business was so successful that soon they amassed a huge fortune. Meanwhile, one of the brothers, Lazar, kept expanding his sphere of interests. After his father’s death he became the head of a number of big enterprises. Read more of this post

Paul G. Allen: A philanthropist from Seattle

Named one of the top philanthropists in the nation, with lifetime giving exceeding $1 billion, Paul G. Allen uses a range of philanthropic strategies to advance his vision. His family foundation, established with co-founder Jo Lynn Allen, focuses much of its grantmaking in the Pacific Northwest region. His philanthropic “venture” projects include the establishment of public museums which celebrate popular and creative art forms. He also initiates charitable projects that apply technology in innovative ways to solve scientific challenges.

Investor and philanthropist Paul G. Allen creates and advances world-class projects that improve the way people live, learn, work, and experience the world through arts, education, entertainment, sports, business, and technology. He co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975, remained the company’s chief technologist until he left in 1983, and is the founder and chairman of Vulcan Inc.

Allen’s multibillion dollar investment portfolio includes diverse holdings in real estate, technology, media, and other companies. In 2004 Allen funded SpaceShipOne, the first privately backed effort to successfully put a civilian in suborbital space and winner of the Ansari X-Prize competition. Allen also owns the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League, the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association, and is part of the ownership group for the Seattle Sounders FC, Seattle’s Major League Soccer team.

With lifetime giving exceeding $1 billion, Allen has been named one of the top philanthropists in America. In July 2010, Allen made public his intention to leave a majority of his estate to philanthropy. That philanthropy takes many forms today. The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation supports nonprofits working to strengthen communities in the Pacific Northwest. In 2003, Allen pledged $100 million to create the Allen Institute for Brain Science, a research facility dedicated to performing innovative basic research on the brain and disseminating its discoveries to researchers around the world. Researchers at the Institute have developed an online interactive atlas of the human brain that shows the activity of the more than 20,000 human genes. Work at the Institute continues to lead scientists to new insights and propel the field of neuroscience dramatically forward.

Allen is also founder of Experience Music Project, Seattle’s critically acclaimed interactive music museum; the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame; the Flying Heritage Collection, an assemblage of rare World War II aircraft restored to flying condition and shared with the public; and Vulcan Productions, the independent film production company behind several PBS series, including This Emotional Life, Evolution, the Emmy Award-winning Rx for Survival: A Global Health Challenge; and the Peabody Award-winning Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial, and The Blues, executive-produced by Martin Scorsese in conjunction with Allen and Jo Lynn Allen.