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Ivan Franko International Prize was awarded in Drogobych

On Sunday, August 27, 2017, an official ceremony was held in town of Drohobych where the laureates of the Ivan Franko International Prize received awards.

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This year’s Prize was awarded to two Laureates. In the nomination “for significant advances (achievements) in the field of Ukrainian studies”, a golden sign, a diploma, and a monetary award was received by the professor of the University of Vienna, president of the International Association of Ukrainian Studies – Michael Moser.

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In the nomination “for significant advances (achievements) in the field of social and human sciences”, academician, honorary professor of the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Oleh Shabliy was awarded.

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Roland Franko, chairman of the board of the Ivan Franko International Fund, mentioned in his speech that he hopes that a prize bearing the name of the Ukrainian scholar and thinker will take an honorary place in the scientific world and will be next to the Nobel Prize.
“Even today our prize has become a phenomenon that is new to Ukraine. The Ivan Franko International Prize serves as a sort of elevation for Ukrainian scientists. This is a chance to become famous and to spread your advances across the world,” said Roland Franko.

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Ihor Kurus, director of the Ivan Franko International Fund, noted that the activities and mission of the Fund have been supported by Ukrainian and foreign scholars, in particular in Canada and Europe. Thus, in 2017, 21 scientific papers from 16 higher education institutions of the following 4 countries were submitted to the prize committee: Austria, Israel, Poland and Ukraine. Nomination committees and the Council of Experts included 49 scholars from 11 countries, including Great Britain, Canada, Germany, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Slovakia, Israel, Italy, the USA and Ukraine.
“The Ivan Franko International Prize is gradually becoming a Ukrainian international contest platform among humanitarian scientists. And in this regard, the Foundation adheres to the highest level of objectivity, international academic and ethical standards,” emphasized the Fund director.

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Ihor Kurus also expressed gratitude to the benefactors who contributed their money to the prize fund of the Ivan Franko International Prize, which this year amounted to 500 thousand hryvnias, and who supported the sustainable development of an important Ukrainian mission in the world.
Members of the international jury, professor of the Jagiellonian University, doctor of social sciences Leszek Korporowicz and professor of the Lviv University, doctor of philology Yaroslav Harasym, presented the laureates’ works.

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“I would like to note that this year’s victory was fairly won by the works aimed at contemporary comprehension of the complex historical or historical-linguistic problematics, that is, those important layers of our past that are directly relevant for the development of further cultural-historical and socio-political perspectives of Ukrainian nation-building,” emphasized the prorector of the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, professor Yaroslav Harasym during his presentation of the work by the professor of the University of Vienna, Michael Moser.
In his turn, the professor of the Jagiellonian University, doctor Leszek Korporowicz, when presenting the work by Oleh Shabliy “Public Geography,” noted that “… the book is an important attempt to combine the new and classic understanding of scientific research in general, but of the social sciences as well…”
The ceremony was attended by members of the international jury, scholars from Austria, Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine, scholars specializing in the life and works of Ivan Franko, representatives of the authorities, the public, and the family of Ivan Franko.

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The head of the Lviv Regional State Administration, Oleh Syniutka, mayor of the town of Drohobych, Taras Kuchma, and the rector of the Ivan Franko State Pedagogical University of Drohobych, Nadiya Skotna, also gave welcoming speeches for those present.
President of the Ukrainian World Congress, doctor Yevhen Choliy, sent his congratulations to the prize winners and to the Ivan Franko International Fund.

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The Ivan Franko International Prize was started by the Ivan Franko International Fund in 2015. It was founded by the grandson of the Ukrainian writer, Roland Franko. The international prize is awarded in two nominations: “for significant advances (achievements) in the field of Ukrainian studies” and “for significant advances (achievements) in the field of social and human sciences”.
In 2016, Lubomyr Husar, Major Archbishop Emeritus of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Cardinal of the Catholic Church, was the first laureate to receive the Ivan Franko International Prize (in the nomination “For a Significant Personal Contribution to the Development of Social and Human Sciences”) for the monograph “Andrey Sheptytskyy, Metropolitan of the Galicia (1901-1944), a Precursor of Ecumenism.”

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