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On March 26, the Ukraine 3000 International Charitable Foundation and McDonald's Ukraine presented the results of their joint initiative, McHappy Day, conducted in November 2009. During the press conference organizers announced that their joint action had raised UAH 1,055,000 to be used to purchase defibrillators and spare electrode sets for 22 children's hospitals in Ukraine. Since 2005, World Children's Day at McDonalds is held in partnership with the Ukraine 3000 International Charitable Foundation. Thanks to the money collected in the 2005 appeal, family rooms in the Oncology Institute at the Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine were remodeled and renewed. In 2006, the Healthy Heart of a Child campaign led to the purchase of cardio equipment for 18 children's hospitals in Ukraine, while in 2007, equipment for emergency aid and electric pumps for children were purchased for 30 hospitals in all regions of the country. Then in 2008, 29 children's hospitals received reanimation equipment for newborns. Please click here to learn more.

On March 30, international legal practice DLA Piper announced its fourth-annual DLA Piper National Scholarship Competition for Law Students. The competition, for which competing students must write an original essay, is open to all law students of Ukrainian universities. DLA Piper lawyers from around the world will review the essays and shortlist 20 students. A panel of judges consisting of well-known Ukrainian law experts will then select four winners. Three students will be awarded internships at DLA Piper law offices abroad or in Ukraine, while a fourth student will receive a monetary scholarship for the next year of university. The competition is supported by the Ukrainian ministries of justice, education and science and the Coordination Council of Young Lawyers at the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice. For more detailed information, please contact Nataliya Tkachenko, marketing manager at DLA Piper Ukraine LLC, by email: nataliya.tkachenko@dlapiper.com.

On March 22, DTEK, a leader in the fuel and energy sector of Ukraine, together with Dnipropetrovsk National Mining University signed a long-term cooperation contract. The joint work envisions DTEK working with the university to adapt the latter's curriculum in respective spheres to meet the demands of the coal mining industry, find the most promising students and invite them to work at the company after graduation. The university, in turn, will be able to update its courses based on advanced techniques and methods, receive a new laboratory for practical studies and provide jobs for the best graduates. On November 3, 2009, DTEK signed a similar agreement with Donetsk National Technical University to train specialists in areas of the company's specialization. On March 17, DTEK also announced the launch of its own corporate university. The DTEK Academy will be a common center for knowledge management among all the different enterprises of the company, which employs 50,000 people. The DTEK Academy will train approximately 1,500 of the energy holding company's best employees each year in specialized programs. Top managers from DTEK and professors from leading Ukrainian and European business schools will lead courses at the academy. Please click here to learn more.