On April 2, Head of the DPR Alexander Zakharchenko took part in the ceremony of awarding academic diplomas of the Russian Federation to the graduates of the M. Gorky Donetsk Medical University.
Documents of the Russian sample were presented to 84 young paediatricians and dentists. Previously, graduates successfully defended their theses at the North Ossetian State Medical Academy and Belgorod Medical Institute. DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko personally awarded prestigious diplomas to the most successful students, whose theses had got a perfect score.
"Dear students, on my own behalf and on behalf of the entire Donetsk People's Republic, I want to congratulate you on getting your degrees, to say thank you to your parents, your teachers, your mentors, to thank you. I am sure that our health care is in your young, reliable hands," the Head of the DPR noted.
In addition, the Head of State thanked guests from Russia – deputies of the State Duma Viktor Vodolatsky and Kazbek Taisayev who had attended the ceremony, and stressed the importance for Donbass of the integration with the Russian Federation.
"Russia is our Homeland, and today is one of those days that unequivocally confirm that we will solve all problems sooner or later, and our future is Russia," Alexander Zakharchenko said.
Congratulating the graduates, Rector of the Donetsk Medical University Grigory Ignatenko stressed that awarding graduates diplomas of the leading universities of the Russian Federation is a special day for the alma mater of the Donetsk doctors. In addition, the head of the university gave a vote of thanks to DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko for constant and close attention to the development of education in the Republic and the efficiency of training highly qualified scientific and pedagogical personnel. Besides, he thanked Kazbek Taisayev for the given development vector of cooperation between universities of Donbass and Russia, as well as the leadership of the North Ossetian State Medical Academy and the Belgorod Medical Institute for a fair assessment and benevolent treatment of graduates.
Kazbek Taisayev emphasized the high level of knowledge of the graduates of the M. Gorky Donetsk Medical University, thanked the leadership of the Republic for attention paid to the issues of education, the teaching staff for the high level of students' training, and wished young doctors professional success.
Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs and Relations with Compatriots Viktor Vodolatsky also stressed the efforts of the DPR leadership and personally Alexander Zakharchenko in the work on the development of the region and its integration into the Russian economic, educational, social protection and other systems.
"It is really great that your university has preserved its traditions, its special school. Many other higher educational institutions of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics will be adapted to the higher education system of the Russian Federation and will further receive double diplomas – all this will be possible in a short time. We share the same blood, we live in the same land," he said, expressing firm confidence in the joint future of Donbass and Russia.
Official translation by DONi News Agency