Education in Ukraine
Ukraine was ranked one of the highest percentages of highly educated workforces around the world. Over 99.8% of Ukrainians are literate and due to the many technical universities, Ukraine has one of the highest percentages of engineers per capita in the world among its population and is home to the largest IT engineering force in CEE. While its high level of education is currently not reflected in the economy, it will be a key factor in helping the country move forward economically.
Ukraine is a perfect location for students seeking a quality education at low cost, as the country has high education standards and a low cost of living. The universities in Ukraine are accredited and recognized worldwide and offer a diverse variety of programs. The tuition fees are affordable and the application process is quite simple. Meanwhile, Ukraine has many side attractions making the student years for local and foreign students enjoyable and pleasurable. Many large Ukrainian cities, such as Kyiv, Odessa, Kharkiv, Lviv and Dnipropetrovsk serve as education hubs attracting large amount of young locals and foreigners to pursue higher education.
QS World University Rankings ranked 980 universities worldwide and assessed over 4,388 educational establishments. It is based on six performance indicators such as academic reputation, research citations per faculty, employer reputation, student-to-faculty ratio, international staff and students ratio.
The Ukrainian universities that made it to the ranking this year did not receive individual rating positions, rather they were ranked in groups. Out of the six Ukrainian colleges on the list, V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University ranked the highest, taking up the #401-410 position. It also ranked 53th among top universities in Emerging Europe and Central Asia according to EECA 2018 rating, improving its ranking since the previous years. Kyiv-based Taras Shevchenko National University ranked 411-420, National Technical University of Ukraine of Igor Sikorsky ranked 501-550, Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute ranked 701-750, Vasyl’ Stus Donetsk National University and Sumy State University both ranked 801-1000.
Ukraine’s internal rating of uniRank’s of top Ukrainian Universities of 2018 assessed these colleges differently. According to it, Kyiv Polytechnic Institute is ranked 1st, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv 2nd, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy 3rd, while, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv and Ternopil State Medical University occupy fourth and fifth positions respectively.
Read on for a quick overview of the top three.
V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University
V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, founded in 1804, is one of the oldest universities in Eastern Europe. Its opening greatly contributed towards the development of Kharkiv as a major scientific, cultural and industrial center and academic hub.
Kharkiv University is the only university in Ukraine that has trained and employed Nobel Prize laureates and conferred titles of Honorary Members and Doctors on outstanding scholars and public figures of many countries, including J.W. Goethe and A. Humboldt, I. Franko, L. Tolstoy and others.
Today Kharkiv National University has 21 Schools, with total enrollment amounting to 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 400 postgraduate students, with 30% of the enrollments being school medal winners.
The University is one of the largest research centers in Ukraine and is the leading research organization of international space programs. The University has its own Astronomical Observatory, Botanical Garden, Natural History Museum and Library.
V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University is involved in extensive international cooperation and is an active member of the international community of the leading European and world universities. It cooperates with 61 partners in 25 countries of the world. In 1988, together with other major European universities, Kharkiv National University signed the Great University Charter that initiated the Bologna Process. Additionally, the University is a co-founder of the Eurasian University Association and is a member of the European University Association.
Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv is located in the capital city of Kyiv and is often considered one of the country’s most prestigious universities. It’s home to over 26,000 students and holds bilateral partnership agreements with 227 foreign educational and scientific institutions from 57 countries.
There are 13 Faculties within the University, 8 Institutes, 1 Training and Research Center, 2 Colleges and 2 Lyceums. The University also has a museum, an informatics center, astronomical observatory, library and a publishing and reprographics unit.
The high status of a classical research University is underpinned by the numerous academic achievements of its staff. The staff at the University have a broad range of formal achievements recognised, in particular with the State Prize of Ukraine in Science and Technology, Awards from the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and branches of the national academies of sciences, Orders of Merit, Orders of Saints Cyril and Methodius, awards of the honorary title of Honoured Educationalist of Ukraine and Honoured Lawyer of Ukraine, also Awards by the President of Ukraine for young academics and Awards by the Ukrainian Parliament to the most talented young scientists in basic and applied research, and scientific and technological development.
The University of Kyiv has become more proactive in the foreign citizens recruitment process. The Russian and English training programs set up to enable the number of international students increase.
National Technical University of Ukraine "Kyiv Polytechnic Institute (KPI)"
Founded in 1898, Kyiv Polytechnic Institute is the biggest university in Ukraine. According to their statistics, every sixth student in Kyiv is enrolled at KPI and every 25-th Professor in Ukraine is a Professor of KPI. KPI is comprised of two main campuses, in central Kyiv and the town of Slavutych. The University trains specialists in 42 fields of study and 168 program subject areas, most degrees are offered in Ukrainian, Russian, or English. The institute is the alma mater of a number of a prominent engineers and scientists, including D. Mendeleyev, I. Sikorski, Sergei Korolev and others.
Kyiv Polytechnic Institute ranks first nationally and every year since 1999, as per the 'Rank of Higher Educational Institutions (Universities) of Ukraine', NTUU KPI was rated as the best Technical and Technological University in the country. The University has been awarded with many annual awards, including the nomination of 'The Leader of the Domestic Higher Education' and a Gold Medal for the outstanding contribution to the strengthening of peace and friendship between people by the the Peace Fund.
Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute cooperates with technical universities of dozens of world countries, a lot of international organizations (UNESСO, UNIDO, WIPO, NATO, EDNES, ICSU, CODATA etc) and the most leading corporations and firms (SIEMENS, FESTO, SAMSUNG, INTEL etc), takes part on international educational, scientific projects and programs.
Today Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute is the largest technical university of Ukraine among universities of research type, one of the leading universities in Europe and world. About 25,000 local and foreign students study here. The University has 19 faculties, 9 educational and scientific institutes, and several research institutes and educational centers.
KPI was the first Ukrainian university to join the community of European universities and it has established cooperative agreements with institutions all over the world. One such agreement, with the University of Oregon in the US, includes a student-exchange program which allows students to study for a semester in a different country.
The university has a history of producing some very prominent graduates, particularly in scientific fields. Evgeny Paton, the inventor of electrical welding, was among the first to graduate from KPI, while other alumni include Sergei Korolev, a Soviet rocket engineer who played a central role in the Space Race of the 1950s and 60s.