On May 8, 2014, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Mr. Andrii Deshchytsia met the representatives of Professional Ukrainian Government Initiative, founded by Alumni Associations of foreign universities. Representatives of Alumni Associations of Columbia University, University of Oxford, London School of Economics, University of Cambridge, College of Europe, London Business School, as well as representatives of Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program, Erasmus Mundus, Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Programme, and Young Democracy Club took part in the meeting.
Participants of the meeting discussed the current situation in Ukraine, Ukraine-Russia relations, as well as Ukraine-EU cooperation perspectives.
Representatives of Professional Ukrainian Government Initiative expressed their support of Ministry of Foreign Affairs activities and stressed the importance of substantial overhaul of the diplomatic service. Participants of the Initiative confirmed their desire to play an active role in qualitative formation of public service. Representatives agreed to deepen mutual cooperation and expressed their readiness to implement new programmes and initiatives aimed at diplomatic service renovation and improvement of Ukraine’s international image