Mykhailo Petrovych Voynarenko, a doctor of economic sciences, professor, corresponding member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, full member of the Academy of Economic Sciences of Ukraine, honored worker of science and technology of Ukraine, the vice-rector of scientific and pedagogical work, the first vice-rector of Khmelnytskyi National University. He is the author of many monographs, textbooks, manuals and occupies a special place of honor while supporting and increasing the positive image of our university. Mykhailo Petrovych Voynarenko is one of such bright personalities thanks whose tireless, titanic work, brilliant mind, organizational talent there was made a significant contribution into the development of science, education and culture in Ukraine confirming the authority of our state in the world community.
He was born on July 22, 1950 in the village of Struga, Novoushytsky district, in a peasant family. He graduated from high school, was employed as a worker at the Kamianets-Podilskyi sugar factory, studied at Kamianets-Podilskyi Industrial Technical School, and served two years in the army. In 1976, he graduated with honors from Khmelnytskyi Technological Institute of Household Services.
Even from his student years, his life becomes multi-faceted, and his organizational talent is manifested in active public work. He combines studies with work in production and in student construction units, public duties with teaching activities, scientific research with poetic creativity, and also combines the work of the head of the structural division of the institute with the work of the coordinator of international projects.
Today, thanks to the scientific works and active international activities of Mykhailo Petrovych, our university is known in scientific and economic areas both in Ukraine and around the world. He published more than 500 scientific and methodical works, including 60 scientific monographs and chapters in collective monographs (11 of them individual), 14 textbooks and training manuals, 9 brochures with the results of scientific research, 15 articles published in journals included in the international scientometric databases Scopus and Web of Science (Hirsch index – 3), more than 200 articles are published in professional periodicals indexed in Google Scholar, Index Copernicus, etc. databases. (h-index –18), dozens of books and articles were published abroad.
The breadth and relevance of M. P. Voynarenko’s thinking, the high efficiency of his public activities and active civic position are confirmed by the fact that he organized the preparation of a number of humanitarian, educational and scientific projects and requests for international and domestic grants, and he succeeded in many of them.
Thus, in 1997, he became the coordinator, the director of the center for the implementation of one of the TACIS Program projects in Khmelnytskyi on retraining and employment of reserve officers and their family members (1998–2002). In 2002, he won a grant to fund a similar project from the UK Ministry of Defence. And in 2006, a large grant was received with the support of a similar project by the Trust Fund of the NATO program “Partnership for Peace” for three years in the amount of 300,000 euros. After a positive assessment of the results of the work of Khmelnytskyi Center for Retraining and Social Adaptation in 2006-2008, the leadership of the North Atlantic Alliance (NATO) made a decision to continue the project, supporting financing for its implementation in Khmelnytskyi region and expanding the project to Kharkiv region, creating a branch of the Khmelnytskyi Center on the base of the National Technical University “Kharkiv Polytechnic”. Khmelnytskyi National University received non-refundable financial assistance in the amount of more than 1 million US dollars during 2006–2013 for the realization of these projects.
This is the most durable, social humanitarian project on retraining and social adaptation of ex-servicemen in the history of Ukraine financed by NATO countries, and it is current in its work today. So, the university receives grant funds for its implementation of about 1.5 million hryvnias annually. By the way, an important fact should be noted that during the implementation of the aforementioned grants, Mykhailo Petrovych twice reported on the targeted use of funds and the high-quality performance of project tasks at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels (Belgium) with the participation of the ambassadors of 26 member countries of the North Atlantic Alliance.
On his initiative, several requests for domestic grants were prepared, at that time it seemed a fantastic idea to build solar power plants on the roofs of university buildings. Most of them failed to win, but in the end the idea was supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Ukraine, funding was allocated and for the first time, 8 solar power plants appeared on the roofs of Ukrainian higher educational buildings, namely our university, which today are an example of the effective use of “green” energy to support the economic stability of the functioning of educational institutions under the conditions of limited and constant increase in the price of natural resources.
The Ukrainian state highly appreciated the titanic work of M. P. Voynarenko. He was awarded the Certificate of Honor of the Ministry of Education of Ukraine, the badge “Excellent in Education of Ukraine”. In 2002, he was awarded the honorary title of “Honorable Worker of Science and Technology of Ukraine”, in 2005 he was awarded Certificates of Honor of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Verkhovna Rada ( Supreme Council) of Ukraine. In 2011, he was awarded the Order of Ukraine “For Merit” of the 3rd degree, and has a number of other awards.
Mykhailo Petrovych was a harmonious, talented and creative person, implemented projects, worked for the result for the benefit of the university and Ukraine, he loved and valued life, united people around him, generously shared kindness and humanity, always tried to provide support and help and the found power as well as opportunity for this. Unfortunately, his heart stopped beating on October 27, 2020.
His vitality and stamina, courage and bravery, foresight and wisdom guided him to the most important thing – to seek the truth, he dedicated himself to people, to be the first in good deeds for the benefit of people. He lived and worked with the deep conviction that “the good is never enough” (M.P. Voynarenko)
His memory remains in the hearts of hundreds and thousands of colleagues, friends, and students in Ukraine and beyond.
And many more of his good deeds will continue to be performed by his students and colleagues in memory of Mykhailo Petrovych Voynarenko.