Professor Valentina Grigorievna Tkachenko

Rector of Lugansk National Agrarian University.

Doctor of Economics, professor, corresponding member of the National Academy of Agrarian Science of Ukraine, Academician of the Academy of Economic Science of Ukraine, Academician of the Russian Academy of Humanities, Academician of the International Academy of Production Engineering Science and Practice, Honored Worker of Education of Ukraine.

Valentina Tkachenko started her teaching career after graduating from Leningrad State University in 1974. She worked first as an assistant lecturer of the Department of Economic Theory and Marketing, then as an assistant professor and professor. In the year of 1996 Valentina Tkachenko was elected Rector of Lugansk National Agrarian University. She has made a considerable contribution to the improvement of the quality of training, enhancement of academic staff, development of facilities, and concentration of scientific resources on the actual problems of the region. During her office, new specialties and master's programs have been opened, the number of students has increased sixfold, international relations are constantly expanding, the scientific research efficiency is increasing, educational and upbringing methods are improving. On February, 26, 2002 University was granted National status by Decree of the President of Ukraine № 178/2002.

Under the leadership of Valentina Tkachenko for the first time in the East of Ukraine a scientific school was established. It explores the ways of modernization of the managing mechanism in agrarian sector of the economy. Rector’s research activity is focused on the agroindustrial problems solutions, improving the tax system and price parity in Ukrainian agribusiness, small business issues, socio-economic problems of the East Region of Ukraine, searching for domestic sources of investment activity of the East of Ukraine. Valentina Tkachenko has supervised dissertation research of 51 Candidates of Science and 5 Doctors of Science. She is the author of over 326 academic publications, including 52 monographs, textbooks and brochures widely used in Universities both in Ukraine and abroad.

Valentina Tkachenko takes an active part in a social life. She is a member of the Lugansk Regional Council. As a chairman of the Standing Committee of the regional council on the issue of agroindustrial complex, land relations and social development of village, Valentina Tkachenko makes a significant contribution to the development of agrarian sector of Lugansk region. In particular, she participated actively in the development of management system of agroindustrial production of Lugansk region in the period of time from 1994 to 2005; elaboration of the Agrarian Sector Development Program for the period up to 2011, The Program of Socio-Economic Development of Lugansk region for the period up to 2015.

For significant contributions to the development of the agro-industrial complex of Ukraine Valentina Tkachenko was honored with the Badge of Honour Order, the third degree Order of Merit, the third degree Order of Princess Olga, the Distinction Mark of  Excellence in Education of Ukraine, the Order For the Development of Science and Education of International Personnel Academy, the Honorary Diploma of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, "Veteran of Labor" and "10 Years of Independence" Medals, Boris Hrinchenko Medal For personal contribution to the Development of Science, Education of Future Generations, Many Years Efficient Scientific and Public Activity, Tugan-Baranovsky Gold Medal of Academy of Economic Science of Ukraine, the "St. Sophia" award.

Professor Valentina Tkachenko is also the winner of the international award "For the pursuit of high quality, in accordance with the European standard", the multiple winner of The Leader of the Agroindustrial Complex rating and the holder of The Industry Leader honorary badge.  In 2011, she won "The significant personality of Lugansk region” nomination of all-Ukrainian award "Woman of the III millennium".