STARKVILLE, Miss.- The Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States Valeriy Chaly spoke to Mississippi State students on Wednesday about making a difference and maintaining a global perspective.
After an extensive tour of MSU’s high-technology research facilities with the Vice President for Research and Economic Development David Shaw, Chaly gave his speech in the Bost Extension Center that afternoon.
“Every man and woman can make a grand impact on their country,” Chaly said.
He spoke intently on the Ukraine’s relationship with Russia and the recent tensions held there. In 2014 Russia invaded and annexed the Crimean Peninsula and many in the international community have condemned their actions. Chaly says the once beautiful destination has primarily become a military base.
The visit allowed for students to gain a new perspective on international affairs. He will spend Thursday in Jackson with Gov. Phil Bryant and Mississippi Development Authority officials.
“Everything in this world is very connected now,” Chaly said. “If you are secure today, it does not mean you will be secure forever.”
“I am very proud of the Mississippi State student body for showing up in such large numbers and asking such good questions,” MSU Associate Vice President for International Programs Richard Nader said.”I hope students take the opportunity to become aware and get knowledgeable about international affairs, international politics and other things that impact the United States and their lives.”
The lecture was about of the MSU International Institute’s 2016-17 MSU Global Engagement Lecture Series.