Ukrainian Catholic University Foundation is honored to invite you to the presentation with Yaroslav Prytula, Dean of the Applied Science Department of Ukrainian Catholic University.


Monday, May 1, 2023, 6:30 pm CST


The Gleacher Center at University of Chicago Booth School of Business,
450 Cityfront Drive, Chicago, IL, 60611


“How the IT sector is defending democracy in Ukraine.”

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Cybersecurity, AI, crypto, DIYA, drones – IT continues to rapidly change our world. The IT sector is also playing a significant role in the war in Ukraine. Since the early days of the war, this industry has actively supported Ukraine’s Armed Forces and government. And, despite the war, the Ukrainian IT industry generated a record $7.3 billion in export revenue in 2022, more than 6% higher than in 2021. 96% of IT companies launch specific initiatives or provide support for existing volunteer projects, while 89% of IT specialists financially support projects that bring Ukraine closer to victory. Thousands of IT professionals serve in the Armed Forces of Ukraine, further demonstrating the industry’s commitment to the country standing in defense of democratic values. What shall we expect next from the IT industry in Ukraine?

Yaroslav Prytula is dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences at the Ukrainian Catholic University and an adjunct professor of quantitative methods for business decision-making and economics at the UCU Business School. He previously served as an associate professor in the Department of International Economic Analysis and Finance at Lviv Ivan Franko National University (LIFNU) and has taught and conducted research at various international institutions, including George Washington University, the Open Society Institute Academic Fellowship Program in Budapest, the Institute for Higher Education Policy in Washington DC, and George Mason University. He has held a number of competitive international fellowships, including the William and Helen Petrach Visiting Research Scholarship (2001) and a Fulbright Research Scholarship (2013-14).

Prytula was awarded a Ph.D. in Mathematical Analysis from LIFNU in 2000. His current research is related to quantitative methods in social science, regional socio-economic development in Ukraine, and corruption and informal practices in business and higher education in Ukraine.

Ukrainian Catholic University is one of the leading universities in Ukraine and certainly the most unique, first and foremost as the only Catholic university on the territory of the former Soviet Union, but also due to its high standards of academic excellence and its impeccable reputation for integrity. We currently have 2167 students enrolled in our undergraduate and graduate programs at UCU. UCU is making an enormous positive difference in Ukraine by developing a strong model of high-quality, corruption-free education based on Christian values. You are a natural part of these changes. The University receives no funding from the government, further helping it to maintain its independence. Therefore, it can only expand and flourish through the generosity of charitable foundations and donors from Ukraine and worldwide.

You can be one of them, and we will be truly grateful for your support of the future generation of leaders!

All donations from this event will be designated to the Ukrainian Hero, a graduate of UCU Business School Oleh Vorobiov Endowment Fund.