19 January. Oleg Dyomin, Ambassador of Ukraine to China at the premises of the Embassy hosted a meeting with the top officials of Harbin University of Commerce, Kharkiv State University of Food Technology and Trade and representative office ofKharkiv region in the province of Heilongjiang. The meeting participants discussed the plans of high schools and representative office for development of cooperation in the field of professional studies, exchange of professors and students for lectures and practices at the manufacturing units of food industry of Ukraine and China, exchange of experience in organizing the commercial structures for services in the field of catering, arrangement of the joint research on catering security and new food. It was agreed that Ukrainian Center of Cooperation in Harbin will be organized on the basis of Kharkiv region office in province ofHeilongjiang, the activity of which is ensured by the consulting company “HuaYueDongfang”, with support from the government of Harbin and active participation of the above Ukrainian and Chinese universities. It will focus primarily on inter-University cooperation and the services and assistance to businessmen of Ukraine and China. As a first step, the parties signed a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding on the establishment of such a center in Harbin. Also Memorandum on cooperation between the Embassy of Ukraine in China and consulting company "HuaueDongfang" has been signed.
In addition, the party Secretary of Harbin University of Commerce Mr. Sun Xianmin has confirmed the support and participation of the University in the promotion the Embassy’scultural and humanitarian projectsin province, in particular, one devoted to the history of the life and activities of the Ukrainian community in Harbin 100 years ago.