Welcome to Taras Shevchenko National University-OU, KNU was founded in 1834. Today is ranked among the top 500 universities in the world with ca. 30.000 students

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KNU Open University is a subsidiary of “Taras Shevchenko National University (KNU)” which is a Public State National University founded in 1834.

KNU OU Postal Address (please use the following address): 

KNU OU, Freilagerstrasse 39, 8047 Zurich, Switzerland

Parent University Address: "Academic Mobility Office, To Prof. Habib Al Souleiman, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, 64/13, Volodymyrska Street, City of Kyiv, Ukraine, 01601"

KNU OU doesn't offer call services. Due to fact that call services requires substantial staffing expenses and are not very efficient for the type of education KNU OU offers, usually, it involves exchanging of web links or prefessors lists and often involves processes with built-in wait times (like waiting for a lecture to upload or PPT files to be ready).
  • Anatolii A. Chuchno (1926 – 2012) – Dr. of Economics, Professor, Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Honored Professor of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv;
  • Anatoly Alexandrov (1903-1994) - academician (from 1953) and president of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR
  • Anton S. Filipenko (1943) – Dr. of Economics, Professor of the Department of World Economy and International Economic Relations of the Institute of International Relations, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv;
  • Babichev F. S.(ukr.) (28.02.1917 - 28.04.2000) - Chemist (organic chemistry), Academician of National Academy of Science of Ukraine, Dr.Chem.Sci., Prof., 1968-78 - Dean Department of Chemistry, Vice-president of Academy of Science of Ukraine(1978-1988), Advis Pohodenko er of Presidium of Scademy of Science of Ukraine (since 1988), Soros Professor Emeritus, Award of Honor of Ukraine in Science and Technology(1997), Laureate of the State Prize of Ukraine in Science and Technology (1998) and other awards.
  • Dmitro V. Cheberkus (1981) – PhD in Economics, Director (2014–present) of the Department for Scientific and Technological Development, State Agency on Science, Innovations and Informatization of the Ministry of Science and Education of Ukraine.
  • Gregory Lipich (1972) — CEO of ABBYY Russia (2005-2014), CEO of ABBYY Canada
  • Hhilya V. P.(ukr.) (01.01.1939) - Chemist (Organic Chemistry), Corresponding Member of National Academy of Science of Ukraine, Prof.; 1998-2004 - Head of Organic Chemistry Department, Soros Professor Emeritus, 1992-2000 - Deputy Head of Expert Council of High Attestation Comission of Ukraine, Laureate of the Kiprianov's A.I. Prize and other awards.
  • Ihor Mityukov (1952) — Ukrainian politician and public figure, Minister of Finance of Ukraine (1997-2001), Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (2002-2005)
  • Ihor O. Liutyii (1960) – Dr. of Economics, Professor, Vice Rector for Research and Education (2009-2015), Head of Department of Finance at the Faculty of Economics of Taras Shevchenko National University of Ukraine, Merited Economist of Ukraine;
  • Ivan Gorban (1928-2000) - academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, world famous scientist, Mykhailo Lysytsia (1921-2012) - academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, world famous scientist
  • Ivan Ohienko (1882 - 1972) - graduate of the Imperial University of St. Volodymyr, assistant professor, rector of Kamenetz-Podolsk University (1918), metropolitan of the Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church of Canada, researcher of the history of the church, Ukrainian culture linguist.
  • Korchevoi Yuri Petrovych (1936 – 2012), 1959 graduate, Professor, Academician of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine, Laureate of the State Prize of Ukraine, Director of the Institute for Coal Energy Technologies, NAS of Ukraine and Ministry of Fuel and Energy of Ukraine.
  • Kosakivskyi Leonid Grygorovych (born in 1950), 1973 graduate, Chairman of the Kyiv City State Administration, Chairman of Kyiv City Council, Mayor of Kiev, Member of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.
  • Leonid Hubersky (1941) - Rector of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (2008 until now), Hero of Ukraine, Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Academician of the National academy of pedagogical sciences of Ukraine, the founder of modern national scientific school of social philosophy
  • Leonid M. Kravchuk (1934) – the first President of Ukraine (1991-1994) since the country gained independence in 1991, Head of the Parliament of Ukraine (1990–1991), Member of Ukrainian Parliament (1990–1991), (1994–2006), Hero of Ukraine award;
  • Leonid Rudenko (1941) - acknowledged scientist-cartographer, director of the Geography Institute NAS of Ukraine, academic of NAS of Ukraine
  • Likholyt Mykola Ivanovych (born in 1953), 1975 graduate, Professor, Corresponding member of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine, Director – Chief Designer of the state enterprise «Arsenal», Laureate of the State Prize of Ukraine, Honored Engineer of Ukraine.
  • Maksym E. Nefiodov (1984) – Managing Partner of Dragon Capital Investment (2010-2015), Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine;
  • Mikhail Drahomanov (1841 - 1895) - graduate of the Imperial University of St. Volodymyr, assistant professor, researcher of the history of Ukraine and World History.
  • Myhailo Hrushevsky (1866 - 1934) - graduate of the Imperial University of St. Volodymyr, head of the Ukrainian Central Rada (1917 - 1918), researcher of the history of Ukraine.
  • Mykhailo Bilyi (1922-2001) - corresponding Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, rector of Taras Shevchenko State University of Kyiv, chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukrainian SSR
  • Myroslav Popovych (1930) The director of H. S. Skovoroda Institute of Philosophy of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (2002 - until now), Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
  • Natalia Polonska-Vasilenko (1884 - 1973) - graduate of the Imperial University of St. Volodymyr, historian, archaeologist, archivist, one of the leading representatives of Ukrainian statehood school in historiography.
  • Naumovets Anton Grygorovych (born in 1936), 1957 graduate, Professor, academician of NAS of Ukraine, Vice-President of National Academy of Science of Ukraine, Laureate of State Prize of the USSR and Ukraine, Honored Worker of Science and Technology of Ukraine.
  • Nikolai Kulbida (1955) - acknowledged specialist of the State Service Unusual Situation (SSUS) in the weather forecast, director of the Ukrainian Hydrometeorological Center SSUS of Ukraine (since 2011).
  • Oleksandr Bondar (1955) — ukrainian politician, deputy of Ukraine of the 5th and 6th convocations, Chairman of the State Property Fund of Ukraine (1998-2003)
  • Pokhodenko V. D.(ukr.) (09.01.1936) - Chemist (Physical Chemistry), Academician of National Academy of Science of Ukraine, Dr.Chem.Sci., Award of Honor of Ukraine in Science and Technology (1996), Vice president of National Academy of Science of Ukraine (since 1998). Since 1982 - Director of Institute of Physical Chemistry of NASU.
  • Serhiy A. Nikolaiichuk (1981) – PhD in Economics, Head of the Department of Methodology, Analysis and Balance of Payments Forecasting at of the National Bank of Ukraine; Director of the Department for Monetary Policy and Economic Analysis of the National Bank of Ukraine (2014 – present);
  • Skopenko V. V. (ukr.) (12.12.1935 - 05.07.2010) - Chemist (coordination chemistry), academician of National Academy of Science of Ukraine, Dr.Chem.Sci., Prof., 1985-2008 - Rector of Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University, Hero of Ukraine, President of High Attestation Commission of Ukraine (1998-2003), Award of Honor of Ukraine in Science and Technology (1991), Laureate of the State Prize of Ukraine in Science and Technology (1990, 1995) and other awards.
  • Slobodyanik N. S.(ukr.) (23.01.1945) - Chemist (inorganic chemistry), Corresponding Member of National Academy of Science of Ukraine, Dr. Chem. Sci, Prof., since 1998 - Head of Inorganic Chemistry Department. 1997-2007 - Dean of Chemistry Department, Soros Professor Emeritus, (2006), Award of Honor of Ukraine in Science and Technology, Member of State Commission of Fund of Fundamenral Research and other awards.
    Solomon Pekar (1917-1985) - academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, world famous scientist
  • Topchiy Dmytro Gavrylovich (1928 – 2007), 1953 graduate, Hero of Socialist Labor, Laureate of Lenin Prize, Laureate of State Prize of the USSR, the UkrSSR and Ukraine, General Director of the production association «Kiev Radio».
    Trohym T. Kovalchuk (1944) – Dr. of Economics, Professor, Head of the Department of Finance and Banking at Kyiv University of Marketing Relations, a member of the Council of National Bank of Ukraine, Merited Worker of Science and Engineering of Ukraine;
  • Vadim Mazur (1968) — CEO 1C Ukraine
  • Valentyna Shevchenko (1935) - Ukrainian soviet politician and social activist
  • Valeriy Shmarov (1945) - Ukrainian politician, vice-prime-minister Defense Minister of Ukraine (1993-96)
  • Vasyl Kremin (1947) President of the National academy of pedagogical sciences of Ukraine (1997 - until now), President of the "Znannya" Association of Ukraine (1998- until now), Minister of Education and science of Ukraine (2000-2005), Deputy of Ukraine of the III convocation, Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Academician of the National academy of pedagogical sciences of Ukraine.
  • Viktor D. Basylevuch (1949) – Dr. of Economics, Professor, Corresponding Member of the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Dean of the Faculty of Economics of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Head of the Department of Economic Theory, Microeconomics, and Macroeconomics (2003-2015), Laureate of the State Prize of Ukraine in Science and Technology, Merited Worker of Science and Engineering of Ukraine;
  • Vitaly Tishchenko (1972) — CEO of ABBYY Ukraine.
  • Volodymyr Antonovych (1834 - 1908) - graduate of the Imperial University of St. Volodymyr, honored ordinary professor, researcher of the history of Ukraine.
  • Volodymyr H. Bodrov (1952) – Dr. of Economics, Professor, Head of the Department of National Economic Governance and Economic Policy, the President’s National Academy of Governance, Merited Worker of Science and Engineering of Ukraine;
  • Volodymyr K. Cherniak (1941) – Dr. of Economics, Professor, Head of the Department of Political Science Methodology at the Institute of Economics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (1978- 1995), Member of Ukrainian Parliament (1998-2006), Leading Research Associate of the Institute of Legislation of the Parliament of Ukraine (2006-2011);
  • Volodymyr Osadchyy (1955) - Ukrainian hydrologist, hydrochemist, corresponding member of NAS of Ukraine (2009)
  • Volodymyr Shynkaruk (1928-2001) - Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy (1965 - 1968), Director of Institute of Philosophy Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (1968-2002), Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Corresponding Member of Academy of Sciences of USSR, the founder of Kyiv outlook-epistemological school
  • Vyacheslav Kyrylenko (1968) Vice-Prime Minister of Ukraine (humanitarian matters) Minister of Culture of Ukraine (2014-until now), Deputy of Ukraine of the III - VIII convocation, Minister of Labour and Social Policy of Ukraine, (2005)
  • Yagupolsky L. M.(ukr.) (6.02.1922 - 05.04.2009) - Chemist (Organic Chemistry), Dr.Chem.Sci., Prof., Deputy Director of Institute of Organic Chemistry of NASU (1969 - 1873), Laureate of the Prize of Council of Ministers of USSR (1982), State Prize of Ukraine in Science and Technology (1992) and other awards.

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Dear Students,

It is my pleasure to welcome you to our big family, Taras Shevchenko National University (KNU) is a state university founded around 200 years ago (8th of November 1833), ranked within top universities worldwide. Each year between 25.000 - 30.000 students are choosing to study at Taras Shevchenko National University (KNU).

KNU is proud to have Notable alumni from different countries who are working as heads of state, government, or international organizations.

KNU Open University is a modern university, allowing students from all over the world who are unable to come to Kiev to get a reputable degree.



Friendly Regards,


Volodymyr A. Bugrov Pro-Rector (Science & Educational work)
Slava Ivanov - Head of International Relations
Habib Al Souleiman - KNU OU Dean
Maria Petrova - Admission Officer
Kateryna Taraban - Admission and Support Officer

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Ranked one of the top 500 universities in the world

QS World University Rankings: KNU ranked within top 500 universities in the world

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Taras Shevchenko National University (KNU) is ranked among the top 500 universities in the world by QS World University Rankings which is one of the most famous and credible ranking organizations in the world.

Historical Data Score Rank
KNU World University Rankings 2016-2017: 431-440
KNU World University Rankings 2015-2016: 421-430
KNU World University Rankings 2014-2015: 33 421-430
KNU World University Rankings 2013-2014: 30.5 441-450

One of the TOP 50 universities in Central and Eastern Europe (including the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland and Ukraine).


RANKING from 1922 to 1991:

Taras Shevchenko University was one of the top three universities in the USSR (Soviet Union).


Other International Ranking:

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings: KNU ranked within top 1000 universities in the world

Webometrics Ranking of World Universities ranked KNU number 60 in the Central and Eastern Europe and 1st in Ukraine.


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For further questions please contact official emails:knu ou contact us

Open University of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv established as Online University according to Decision Number KNOU3417.
Відкритий університет Київського національного університету імені Тараса Шевченка створено як онлайн - платформу.

Departments: Economics, Business Administration, Sociology, Law, Political Science, International Relations, Computer Science, Cybernetics, Information Technology, Journalism, Psychology, etc…

Підрозділи: Економіки, Бізнес-адміністрування, Соціології, Права, Політології, Міжнародних відносин, Комп’ютерних наук, Кібернетики, Інформаційних технологій, Журналістики, Психології та ін.

Specializations / educational programmes: Accounting, Administration, Administrative Law, Applied Statistics, Banking, Behavioral Sciences, Business, Business Administration, Business IT, Business Statistics, Civil Law, Constitutional Law, Court, Criminal Law, Cybernetic, Economic, Economic Cybernetics, Economic Law, Economic Policy, Enterprise Economics, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Entrepreneurship, Environmental Law, Finance, Financial Law, Information Management, Information Technology, Innovation Management, Institutional Management, Insurance, International Economics, International Relations, Journalism, Justice, Labour Law, Land Law, Law, Logistic, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Natural Resource Law, Pedagogy, Political Science, Prosecution, Psychology, Rehabilitation, Risk Management, Sociology, Statistic, Stock Exchange, Taxation, Trade, etc.

Освітні програми: Облік, Управління, Адміністративне право, Прикладна статистика, Банківська справа, Поведінкові науки, Бізнес, Бізнес-адміністрування, Інформаційні технології бізнесу, Бізнес статистика, Цивільне право, Конституційне право, Судочинство, Кримінальне право, Кібернетика, Економіка, Економічна кібернетика, Господарське право, Економічна політика, Економіка підприємства, Підприємництво, Екологічне підприємництво, Екологічне право, Фінанси, Фінансове право, Інформаційний менеджмент, Інформаційні технології, Менеджмент інноваційної діяльності, Інституційний менеджмент, Страхування, Міжнародна економіка, Міжнародні відносини, Журналістика, Правосуддя, Трудове право, Земельне право, Правознавство, Логістика, Менеджмент, Маркетинг, Математика, Природоресурсне право, Педагогіка, Політологія, Прокуратура, Психологія, Управління ризиками, Соціологія, Статистика, Біржова діяльність, Оподаткування, Торгівля, та ін.

Study Levels:

Освітньо-кваліфікаційні рівні:

Bachelor's study programs “BSc, BA, BBA, etc..”

Освітні програми підготовки бакалавра: Бакалавр наук (BSc), Бакалавр (BA), Бакалавр ділового адміністрування (BBA), ін.

Academic Master's “MSc, LLM, etc…”:

Академічні програми підготовки магістра: Магістр наук (MSc), Магістр права (LLM), ін.

Professional Master's “EMBA, MBA, etc…”:

Професійні програми підготовки магістра: Виконавчий магістр ділового адміністрування (Executive MBA), Магістр ділового адміністрування (MBA), ін.

Professional doctorate “DBA, DPA, etc...”

Професійні програми підготовки доктора: Доктор ділового адміністрування (DBA), Доктор державного управління (DPA), ін.

Academic doctorate “PhD, LLD, etc…”

Академічні програми підготовки доктора: Доктор філософії (PhD), Доктор права (LLD), ін.

Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Habib Al Souleiman From Switzerland, Doctorate in Business Administration, MBA, BA(Hons.). He is the Dean and Professor of KNU Open University. Media Speaker on CNBC TV, ATV, KyivPost, City7 TV etc., the Winner of “Best Business leader” … member of The International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE).

Координатор: Професор Хабіб Аль Сулейман зі Швейцарії, доктор ділового адміністрування, MBA, BA (Hons.). Медіа-спікер телеканалів CNBC, ATV, City7 TV, RTV, газети KyivPost та ін. Нагороджений відзнакою МЕНАА у номінації «Кращий бізнес-лідер», що присуджується Інститутом лідерства та управління (ILM), Групою City & Guilds (Великобританія) та Цюрихським університетом прикладних наук (ZHAW), член Міжнародної мережі агенцій iз забезпечення якості вищої освіти (INQAAHE).

Teaching in foreign languages: yes, mainly in English.

Навчання іноземними мовами: так, в основному англійською.

Important information for all students applying to KNU Online study programs:

Важлива інформація для тих, хто бажає вчитися на онлайн програмах:

KNU Open University is ONLY for non-Ukrainian as well for students who are not living in Ukraine. Any student living or has Ukrainian nationality or planning to live or lived in Ukraine or planning apply for Ukrainian nationality or any similar cases are not allowed to apply for the KNU OU programs. Please apply through the KNU on campus program only. KNU OU is exclusively for International Students living outside Ukraine.

Відкритий університет КНУ створено для навчання ЛИШЕ неукраїнських студентів, які не проживають в Україні. Студенти, які проживають в Україні або мають українське громадянство, або планують жити або проживали в Україні, чи планують клопотати про набуття громадянства України, або в інших подібних випадках, не можуть подавати заявки на навчання за програмами Відкритого університету КНУ. Прохання подавати заявки тільки на програми денної форми навчання. Відкритий університет КНУ навчає онлайн лише тих студентів, які проживають за межами України.

Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv provides online education on the KNU OU educational online platform as a part with online educational experts exclusively for the KNU OU. KNU OU delivers and administers the programmes. KNU-OU is the online Faculty as a subsidiary of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kiev. All final Degrees/Diplomas/Certificate are awarded with Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv logo and information only.

Київський національний університет імені Тараса Шевченка організовує онлайн викладання на освітній онлайн-платформі Відкритого університету КНУ із залученням науково-педагогічних співробітників виключно для КНУ-ВУ. Відкритий університет КНУ реалізує та адмініструє навчальні програми. КНУ-ВУ є проектом Київського національного університету імені Тараса Шевченка. Усі випускні ступені/дипломи/сертифікати присуджуються тільки з логотипом та інформацією про КНУ імені Тараса Шевченка.

Many countries have their own accrediting bodies, and degree recognition differs from country to country. If you reside outside of Ukraine, please review your country of residence’s requirements to confirm recognition of your KNU program. All our KNU OU online degrees/diplomas/certificates are not licensure programmes and do not prepare an individual to become a licensed professional in any field without additional education (like Law, Psychology, etc..) usually your country will request from you an additional exam.

Акредитаційні органи різних країн регламентують власні вимоги щодо державного визнання документів про вищу освіту (дипломів). Якщо ви проживаєте за межами України, будь ласка, ознайомтеся з вимогами Вашої країни проживання, щоб впевнитися у визнанні і необхідності вашого навчання. Програми підготовки Відкритого університету КНУ не є ліцензованими, тому одержані по завершенню дистанційного навчання ступені/дипломи/сертифікати не свідчать про професійну компетентність особи як дипломованого фахівця в певній сфері без додаткової освіти.

CONTACT the Open University of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv – KNU Open University (KNU OU)

Контакти Відкритого онлайн університету Київського національного університету імені Тараса Шевченка – Відкритого університету КНУ (КНУ-ВУ)

KNU OU official Website: www.knuou.com

Офіційний веб-сайт Відкритого університету КНУ: www.knuou.com

KNU from 1833 until today

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First established on the 8th of November 1833, the University was originally known as the Imperial University of Saint Volodymyr. The first Rector, a 30-year-old professor of history, botany, and folklore, named Mykhailo Maksymovych was appointed by Emperor Nicholas I on the 18th of October 1834. There was only two departments in operation between 1834 and 1835, namely the Department of 

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Mathematics and Physics and Department of Linguistics and History and only one faculty, the Faculty of Philosophy.

Only 62 students were studying at the facility. In 1835 another faculty was added, the Faculty of Law, followed by the addition of a medical school in 1841. The University was using rental premises at the time which hampered the smooth running of the facility.

In 1837, Vincent Beretti, a professor of Architecture at the St.Petersburg Academy of Arts put forward a design for the University building, which was subsequently constructed. This classic building became the central building of the University and is still being used to this day.

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A botanical garden, supervised by Professor Trautfetter was added to the grounds and is also still a feature of the modern University. The University charter was adopted in 1842 and the growth of the University seemed to be in no dispute. There were now 37 departments at the University.

Expecting the University to be an outpost of Russian autocracy, the current government may not have expected the more progressive approach to the teachers and students at the facility. The University placed at the center of the democratic movement from 1830 to 1860 

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and saw the establishment of the Cyril and Methodius Brotherhood between 1845 and 1847. M. Kostomarov, a historian of distinction and head of the Russian History Department authored the credo of the Brotherhood.

Taras Schevchenko, a brilliant poet who was employed at the Art School as a teacher and also held a temporary position in the Archeography commission to study antique documents, was the intellectual inspiration for the Cyril and Methodius society members.

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Liberal reforms and a new charter in 1963 saw a revival of educational and scientific activity at the University with their autonomously status being extended. The Department list was increased to 52 by the addition of 15 new departments.

European lecturers and Russian lecturers were invited to join the staff, resulting in 90 new educators at the University. Departments began singling out skilled and talented students to join the academic and research teams at the University.

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By 1883, more than 1700 students were enrolled at the University. These students were mostly Russian and Ukrainian as opposed to the predominantly Polish enrolment in the 1830s to 1840s.

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More than 5000 students were studying at the University by 1913 and more than 160 Professors conducted lectures in the various programs available at the time. There were 2 libraries (student and academic), 2 observatories (meteorological and astronomical), 4 faculty clinics, 2 clinical departments, 9 laboratories, 3 hospitals, an anatomy theater and a botanical garden and other facilities, making up 45 teaching and ancillary facilities at the University.

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The University was becoming globally active, academics were traveling on research trips to other countries, collaborating with prominent scientists all over the world and publishing papers in journals internationally.

The cultural relations aspect can clearly be seen in the number of distinguished academics and cultural figures being elevated to honorary members of Kyiv University.

These included the microbiologist Ilya Mechnikov, author Ivan Turgenev, Max von Pettenkofer (Doctor of medicine), chemist Dmitri Mendeleyev and historian Leopold van Ranke, amongst others.

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The start of the twentieth century saw the Intelligentsia of the Ukraine; raise the issue of ‘Ukrainianization’ with regards to education in the Ukraine.

This led to added departments to the Kyiv University to accommodate the demands by the Ukrainian community representatives on the 20th of April 1906.

Lecture by Professor H.H. Pavlutsky in the office of fine art. Early 20th century.

These departments for the study of Ukrainian history, language, literature, common law, and ethnography were mandated in May 1906. Symon Petliura, Ivan Lypa, Borys Hrinchenko, Dmytro Doroshenko, Mykhailo Hrushevsky, Oleksandr Lototsky and Serhiy Yefremov were some of the cultural and public figures to emerge from the University of Kyiv during this time period.

Ukrainian students were able to submit their transfer applications to the new departments on the 27th November 1906.

The Rector of the University, M.Tsytovych was against the idea of “Ukrainization” even though 1430 students had already submitted their applications for transfer to the new departments. He was backed by several reactionary professors as well as upper-level staff from the Imperial Ministry of Education.

Professors V.Perets and A.Loboda decided in 1907 to start teaching Ukrainian literature at the University of their Own Accord in 1907 until this study route was banned shortly thereafter.
02 history 13The First World War saw most of the students being conscripted into the armed forces, putting paid to their studies at the University.

The University Medical School was turned into a military hospital. A number of researchers evacuated to Saratov due to the occupation of Kyiv by Austrian and German troops. There were severe losses to the offices, museums, laboratories and scientific and academic collections during this time period.

The Ukraine was involved in revolutionary activities to establish their own heritage and independence. The Ukraine-orientated Departments were reopened after the fall of the autocracy and by request from lecturers and students of the University.

The 27th of June 1917 saw the establishment of four Ukraine-orientated departments namely Ukrainian Literature, Language, History of Law and History. These were set to be ready for operation by the end of January 1918 but Ukraine politics put a 

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damper on this issue for a period of time. The Central Rada, created in March 1917, saw many lecturers and students becoming involved in the fight for independence in the Ukraine. In January 1918, 300 plus school and university students formed a student battalion in Kruty encourage by the Ukrainian People's Republic.

Andriy Omelchenko, a student, led 130 volunteers to hold the Kruty railway junction in the Chernihiv area against the Russian Bolshevik offensive on the 29th January 1918. July 1918 saw the Kyiv Ukrainian National University being founded. 

02 history 10The Bolsheviks merged the Kyiv Ukranian National University and the University of St. Volodymyr during their occupation in February 1919 and renamed the facility Kyiv University.

The main purpose of the establishment was to educate the Soviet intelligentsia. In 1919 the Commissariat of Education was established in Soviet Ukraine and all autonomy was removed from education facilities. Commissars of Higher Education took on the management of the University and academic titles and degrees were abolished.

Under Soviet rule, even this limited version of the University was a thorn in their sides and the People's Commissariat of Education believed it should be abolished in the Soviet communist society. In 1920, all Universities in the Ukraine were disbanded. The Medical Faculty at the University of Kiev was turned into a Medical Institute and the Faculty of Law became the Institute of People's Economics.

The faculties of physics, mathematics, natural science, history, and linguistics became the Drahomanov Institute of Higher People's Education. The Kyiv 

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Teacher training College and the Kiev Institute of Higher Women's Courses were also incorporated into this institute.

This institution was renamed the Kyiv Institute of People's Education (KIPE) in 1926. At this point, Ukrainian students were at 65% of the student body. Tertiary education in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic was reformed to the point that Russian Universities were of little value to students completing a high school education in Soviet Russia.

Despite this, Russian Universities were not closed and were still functioning in Leningrad, Moscow and a few other Russian cities. Soviet education policy was striving for unification in education and in the decade between 1920 and 1930 the higher education system was completely restructured to a Russian model. Chemistry lecture

The change in the university education structures resulted in a shortage of teaching staff and scientists, the absence of academic traditions at universities and poor standards of tertiary education during this period.

There was nothing to replace the Universities as Soviet authorities were not able to set up an equivalent higher educational establishment. They did not have the necessary experience and knowledge on how to manage a similar type of facility that lived up the educational standards of the traditional university model. The Kyiv State University, along with other universities in the Ukraine, was re-established in autumn 1933.

The daunting task of training high school leavers to take up the positions of lecturers in high schools through a post-graduate system as well as developing scientists to work in research facilities lay before them. The universities needed to get back on track with academic training for all of the sciences.
The University of Kyiv celebrated its centennial anniversary in 1934. Research and teaching activities had resumed operations at this point in time and the basic structure for postgraduate education was back in place. A year later, in 1935, the University started to publish academic journals on natural science and the humanities. By 1938, 8 new faculties were in operation namely, history, chemistry, linguistics, law, physics and mathematics, foreign languages as well as geology and geography. The Praesidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR renamed the institution Kyiv State University honoring the 125th anniversary of Taras Shevchenko's birth.02 history 16The Kaniv Bio-Geographical Reserve was incorporated into the university during the same year, bringing an educational center and a scientific-experimental center to the Faculties of Natural Science to the University. The Humanitarian Faculties (now named as the Maksymovych Academic Library Building) was opened during the following year. Despite the strict repression and ideological restrictions, by the advent of World War II, the University was ranked as one of the leading universities of the USSR,

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The University had grown to the level of employing 300 lecturers, associate professors and full professors in its 52 departments and teaching more than 4000 students. The education staff had among their ranks 24 PhDs, 65 lecturers with higher academic degrees, 8 Academicians and 6 Corresponding Members of the Academy of Science of Ukraine. Graduates of the University were able to obtain high-level qualifications in 43 disciplines.

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When the Second World War began in 1941, the university had to be evacuated. Most of the students joined the war effort and lecturers from Kyiv University continued on at the United Ukrainian State University in Kazakhstan. The Nazi occupation saw the university closed, lecturers repressed and the remaining students forced into labor in Germany. The University suffered serious damage during the war especially the battles in Kyiv itself during October and November 1943. The “Red” building was damaged and the museums, laboratories, and libraries looted. 

The University of the Ukraine began rebuilding after the devastation of the war and in the decades that followed managed to strengthen and restore its potential. Educators and students involved themselves in the physical rebuilding of the Humanities and Chemistry centers and by the 15th of January 1944, classes for senior undergraduates could continue.

First years were enrolled on the 1st February. By the summer of 1944, 3 professors and 7 associate professors and 11 lecturers, along with 146 students had returned to the university from Kyzylorda. During the 1944 to 1945 academic year, nearly 1500 young people studied at the university, with this being increased to 3500 by the following year. This allowed for the employment of 290 lecturers, professors, and associate professors as well as the opening of 80 departments.

This number had swelled to 357 staff and 3800 students by 1946. By the late 1940s, the University of Kyiv was back in full swing, close to the levels seen before the war. In the 1950s, this growth trend intensified until 1958, which saw a record 10 000 students studying at the University, with 11 faculties in full operation. This led to an influx of professionals graduating from the University and ready to enter mainstream employment. From 1959 to 1984, more than 70 000 students continued on to a career in science, education, culture and economy after obtaining a graduate, post graduate or doctoral degree from the University of Kyiv.

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Over the years hundreds of prominent academic have worked at Kyiv University, including:

  • Historians and Linguists: M. Maksymovych, V. Tsikh, F. Dombrovski, I. Neykirkh, M. Kostomarov, P. Pavlov, V. Antonovych, V. Ikonnikov, I. Luchytsky, M. Drahomanov, V. Peretz, M. Dovnar-Zapolzky, M. Dashkevych, A. Loboda, F. Volk, F. Fortynsky, Y. Kulakovsky, S. Yefremov, A. Krymsky, A. Hermayze, Y. Tarle, N. Polonska-Vasilenko, A. Ohloblin;
  • Philosophers: O. Novitsky, A. Hilyarov, H. Chelpanov, V. Shynkaruk;
  • Lawyers: K. Nevolin, M. Ivanishev, M. Vladymyrsky-Budanov, A. Kistyakivsky;
  • Economists: H. Sydorenko, M. Sieber, M. Yasnopolsky, P. Kovanko;
  • Mathematics and Mechanics: I. Rakhmaninov, M. Vashchenko-Zakharchenko, P. Romer, V. Yermakov, D. Hrave, O. Schmidt, B. Bukreyev, H. Pfeifer, H. Suslov, P. Voronets, M. Boholyubov;
  • Physicists: M. Avenarius, M. Schiller, J. Kosonohov;
  • Chemists: H. Fonberg, M. Bunhe, S. Reformatsky, A. Babko, A. Holub, A. Pylypenko, A. Kipriyano;
  • Geologists: K. Feofilaktov, V. Chyrvynsky, M. Andrusov, P. Tutkovsky, V. Tarasenko;
  • Botanists: V. Besser, E. Trautfetter, O. Rohovych, I. Schmalhausen, S. Navashyn, K. Puriyevych, O. Fomin, Y. Baranetsky, M. Kholodny, N. Kornyushenko, D. Zerov, O. Lypa;
  • Zoologists: K. Kessler, O. Kovalevsky, O. Severtsov, O. Korotnyev, S. Kushakevych, L. Shelyuzhko, B. Mazurmovych;
  • Biochemist: O. Palladin;
  • Medical Doctors: V. Karavayev, O. Walter, V. Bets, M. Sklifosovsky, F. Yanovsky, V. Obraztsov, V. Chahovets, M. Strazhesko and other prominent academics.

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Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (KNU) is a Public State National University founded in 1834. Ranked one of the Top 500 Universities in the world.

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Established in 1834, the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv has a rich historical background dating back for around 200 years. Was ranked one of the best 3 Universities in the USSR and today ranked one of the Top 50 Europe (Central and Eastern Europe).

The University has undergone a number of name changes and been built from the ground up on more than one occasion. Today it stands as a testament to the endurance and the belief in a quality tertiary education for the people of Kyiv as well as foreign students who study there. This contemporary educational and research facility currently offers 14 Junior Specialist qualifications, 55 Bachelor degree programs, 49 Specialist training programs and 98 Masters Degree qualifications. With around 30.000 thousand students of the facility are privileged to work on the cutting edge of academic thought, theories and research. Recent years have seen 1645 students obtain postgraduate degrees with 125 continuing their education to obtain their PhDs. More than 350 doctoral and postgraduate thesis submissions are received annually.

The foundation that makes this institute the prominent educational facility that it is, are the highly qualified staff that provide the courses for the 198 Departments. There are currently 1645 staff members with postgraduate degrees, 626 Ph.D.-qualified staff members as well as 60 members of the national academy of Science in the Ukraine. Some of the staff achievements include the State Prize in Science and Technology, National Academy of Science Awards, Order of Saints Cyril and Methodius, Orders of Merit, Honoured Educationalist of the Ukraine titles as well as Presidential awards for young academics. Young, talented scientists in the scientific and technological development and basic and applied research have received awards issued by the Ukrainian Parliament as well.

The University was granted National status in April 1994 with further autonomy being granted in 1999 and 2008 cementing the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kiev as the main educational and research facility in the Ukraine for the teaching of higher educational programs. The Cabinet Ministers of the Ukraine granted the University self-governing status and granted funding for development of the facility.

The faculties of the University are Chemistry, Cybernetics, Economics, Electronics and computer systems, Geography, History, Information Technology, Law, Mechanics and Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Radio Physics, and Sociology. There are currently 8 institutes (Military Academy, State Security Department, High Technology Centre, Institute of Journalism, Institute of Internal Relations, Institute of Geology, Institute of Linguistics and the Postgraduate Educational Centre and 1 training and research center (the Institute of Biology). There are 2 Colleges namely the Geological Exploration College and the Optical and Mechanical College. The University also houses the Ukrainian Physical and Mathematical Lyceum. Other facilities available at the Kyiv University include a Geological and Zoological Museum, University History Museum, Inter-faculty Linguistics Museum, Ukrainian Studies Centre, Observatory for Astronomy studies, Informatics Centre, Maksymovych Academic Library and a reprographics and publishing unit. There are currently more than 3,362,359 documents held in inventory at Kyiv University.

A number of students are comfortably housed at the residences on campus. Students may also take advantage of the cafeteria, dance halls, computer club, health spa and sports facilities offered by the University. Students from all over the world are able to attend courses at the University and more than 935 foreign students are currently enrolled here. The University has connections with educational facilities in 57 countries, totaling more than 227 foreign scientific and educational institutions. The University plays host to lecturers from 32 countries and more than 180 foreign academics from across the globe for collaboration in research, conferences as well as guest lectures. Students, researchers, and lecturers from the University also travel abroad, seeing 1500 associated persons visit more than 59 countries outside of the Ukraine. More than 1000 of these traveled for academic conferences, training or research. The University is dedicated to improving the welfare and prosperity of the Ukraine and welcomes all students who seek to be educated under its roof.

Students interested in studying KNU Open University must be living outside Ukraine and do not have Ukrainian passport. The KNU Open University is available only for students who are wishing to graduate from a prestigious European university and are unable to come to Ukraine.