Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Valerii Zaporozhan

Dear teachers, staff, students, post-graduate students!

I sincerely wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! On the eve of these holidays, we usually sum up, analyze mistakes, rejoice in victories and dream that the coming year will be generous to us.

2020 seemed to be the most difficult in the recent history for the whole world. The global pandemic has become a challenge for all of us, it spares neither the people nor the economy. But even in the darkest times you can find light. The pandemic reminded us of really important things: to appreciate and care for each other, to be responsible, to live here and now, to rejoice every day. It has drawn the attention of all the mankind to the state and problems of medicine and health care. The system has survived and, I am convinced, has become stronger. The man of the year, of course, was the Doctor. Thousands of our colleagues around the world remain at the forefront of the fight against the dangerous virus. A low bow to you for saving a life is the highest value.

For us, the big family of Odessa National Medical University, this year has become really special. Our Alma Mater celebrated its 120th birthday. The university celebrated the anniversary with a modern, developed and respected educational institution in Ukraine and the world. This is the result of great joint work, for which we are not ashamed in front of our outstanding teachers. 2021 will be a year of sustainable development and transformation for our university. They will affect all areas of our activities and help us maintain leadership, develop professional relationships, and respond to today’s challenges with dignity.

Dear colleagues! I sincerely thank you for your work. Without unity and daily joint efforts, we would never be where we are now. It has always been and will be a great honor for me to work with you. In the new year, I wish you and your loved ones good health and fulfillment of dreams. May your homes be filled with prosperity, harmony and joy. Peace to us and great victories!

Sincerely, Academician Valerii Zaporozhan, Chairman of the Academic Council of ONMedU