assisiDuring the first months of the summer term 2019/2020, the Faculty of Arts and Letters, Catholic University in Ruzomberok had an opportunity to host two Ukrainian scholars from the area of journalism and media studies – Olha Harmatiy from the Lviv Polytechnic National University and Oksana Pochapska from the Kamianets-Podilskyi Ivan Ohiienko National University. They realized their stays thanks to the generous support of the National Scholarship Program of the Slovak Republic.


Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus pandemic and measures taken by the Slovak government and authorities in March, their visits were disrupted (closures of our faculty, university library, other facilities, uncertainty about a possibility to travel out of Slovakia etc.) and that is why both of them had to finish their stays prematurely and they returned to Ukraine by the end of March.



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During her two-month long research stay Olha Harmatiy focused on the internet-based communication between local government authorities, the media and public. She explored this topic mainly by analyzing a case study of cooperation between local authorities and local media in Ruzomberok. Besides her primary research, she had a chance to learn more about the education process within our journalism study program but also to find out more about Slovak culture. Finally, she was designing a new course for her home university and she engaged in some other research activities. Due to her premature departure, she did not have time to complete everything that was planned but there is a hope that she might be coming back to Ruzomberok in the future to finish her research.


Oksana Pochapska visited our faculty for one month during which she focused on her research topic “Transformation of the consciousness of the audience under the influence of the printed media in Post-Soviet (Ukraine, Russia and Belarus) and European countries”. She had a chance to work in our university library and she finished a chapter on the media in Slovakia. Due to the complications with the coronavirus pandemic she did not have time to conclude her research and also in her case there is a hope that she might be returning to Ruzomberok in the future.


We are happy that we had a chance to host these two scholars and we hope that we will deepen our cooperation with their institutions. When it comes to the university from Kamianets-Podilskyi, our Catholic University in Ruzomberok already has a fruitful cooperation mainly within Erasmus+ mobility program, therefore, we already had a chance to welcome several colleagues from this university at our institution.