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Ukrainian World Congress President Eugene Czolij receives honorary title of Doctor Honoris Causa from Lviv Polytechnic

The members of the Academic Council of Lviv Polytechnic National University recently resolved to confer the honorary title of Doctor Honoris Causa on the President of the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC), Eugene Czolij. The awarding of this title was the initiative of the International Institute of Education, Culture and Diaspora Relations, and was supported by the Rector of the University, Professor Yuriy Bobalo.

This unanimous decision was based on the great personal contribution by Eugene Czolij to furthering Ukrainian interests in the international community, and mobilizing Ukrainian resources in the diaspora for the development of Ukraine and to overcome Russian aggression. It is also symbolic of the partnership and close cooperation between Lviv Polytechnic and the Ukrainian World Congress, and specifically its President.

For many years, Lviv Polytechnic institutions have demonstrated a profound understanding of the need to cooperate with the global Ukrainian community and the assistance that should be offered by our country to the Ukrainian diaspora for the preservation of its national identity. In fact, Lviv Polytechnic is the only institute of higher learning in Ukraine that, even during troubled times, worked closely with the UWC.

The University was the site for Annual Meetings of the UWC, attended by representatives of Ukrainian community organizations from 40 countries worldwide. It was the venue for the X World Congress of Ukrainians, several international congresses, known as «Global Ukrainians as a factor in strengthening the Ukrainian state in the international community» – organized by the International Institute of Education, Culture and Diaspora Relations – with an attendance of over 1,000 participants. The World Federation of Ukrainian Women’s Organizations, a member organization of the UWC, has organized three of its events at Lviv Polytechnic.

As is well known, the Ukrainian World Congress represents the interests of over 20 million Ukrainians, brings together member organizations from 34 countries, and maintains ties with Ukrainians in 15 additional countries. Founded in 1967, the UWC was recognized in 2003 by the United Nations Economic and Social Council as a non-governmental organization with special consultative status.

A few biographical notes on the newly appointed recipient of the Doctor Honoris Causa from Lviv Polytechnic National University, Eugene Czolij. By profession, he is a lawyer. Since 1982, he has been a member of the Bar Association of the Province of Quebec, Canada, and senior partner in one of the largest law firms in Quebec, Lavery, de Billy, with more than 200 lawyers. His legal practice includes corporate and commercial litigation, as well as insolvency and financial restructuring law. As a professional jurist, he pleads before the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as all court levels in Quebec. Since 2012, he has been listed in Best Lawyers, one of the oldest and most respected publications in the legal profession.

Eugene Czolij has received several awards, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal and the Order of Merit of Ukraine, 3rd class.

In 2008, he was elected as President of the Ukrainian World Congress for a five-year term, and was re‑elected for a second term in 2013.