“More than 3,300 Ukrainians have participated in the Open World program and its network of rising star alumni in key government agencies and throughout the private sector has helped move forward the reforms that the Ukrainian people, its government and we at the Embassy support.” ---Maria Yovanovitch, Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, 2016-2019
CHERKASY OBLAST, UKRAINE
SISTER STATE RELATIONSHIP
Population: 1.5 million
Area: 20,900 sq.km
Major Attractions: Kaney-Taras Shevchenko Memorial; Uman "Sofiyivka" park; Chygyryn-B. Khmelnitsky Memorial
Government: non-elected government branch and elected legislative branch
Climate: mild continental
Open World 2020
In 1996, Cherkasy Oblast, located in the heart of Ukraine, entered into a partnership with the State of Iowa. Governor Terry Branstad of Iowa and Governor Vasyl Tsybenko of Cherkasy established the partnership by signing an agreement.
The relationship has resulted in several professional, educational, and cultural exchanges. Our Cherkasy volunteers work closely with the Oblast administrative government and the Cherkasy Women's Center.