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Top 10 Universities of Ukraine

20. February 2013 by Lorena 0 Comments

Ukraine is fourth in all of Europe in terms of college enrollment. Chances are, that Ukrainian lady you are chatting with now is either in school, or studied at the university level to get where she is now. Did your lady go to one of Ukraine’s top 10 universities? According to iReg Observatory’s Top 200 list for Ukraine, they are: 


1. National Technical University -- Kiev Polytechnical Institute (Kiev)

Kiev Polytech tops the iReg list for the third year in a row. The school also ranked 551st globally out of 20,000 schools. 


The university was first established in 1896 with 360 students who could study in one of four departments: Chemical, Mechanical, Agricultural and Civil Engineering. Now, the university has 36,000 students on two campuses and offers 68 majors.  A number of notable people have graduated from Kiev Polytechical Institute, including helicopter innovator Igor Sikorsky and E. O. Paton, the inventor of electric welding.


2. National Taras Shevchenko University of Kiev (Kiev)

This school trails close behind Kyiv Polytech in many assessments of the country’s top schools. In some years, the school outscores Kiev Polytechnical Institute in the rankings of best university in Ukraine.


Taras Shevchenko University focuses on training highly qualified specialists; a number of politicians, scientists, journalists and other specialists studied at Taras Shevchenko.


Notable alumni include poet and essayist Oksana Zabuzhko and theoretical physicist Emmanuel Rashba.


3. Kharkiv Karazin National University (Kharkiv)

The University of Kharkiv was founded in 1804; the school is credited with contributing to Ukraine’s national renaissance in the 19th and 20th centuries and making Kharkiv an important science center in Ukraine. Over the years, more than 130,000 people have graduated from Kharkiv University.


If your special lady is a student at the University of Kharkiv, set aside some time to visit the school’s botanical gardens when you go to see her there. The gardens are the oldest of their sort in Ukraine, and preserve a unique collection of plants from all over the world. The university’s 23 room natural history museum is also worth checking out.



4. National University Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Kiev)

Founded in 1632, this is the oldest continually operating university in all of Ukraine. It’s also one of the smallest universities in Ukraine, with only about 3000 students; the school is highly competitive, and many more applicants apply than get accepted. If your sweetie goes here, you know that she’s one of the smart ones!


Students at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy are known for their activism and extra-curricular activities. The school was the headquarters for the Orange Revolution. Students are very involved in sports (it’s compulsory the first two years) the arts, student government and organizations like the school’s ecological club.


Notable alumni include author Maryna Sokolyan and composer Artemy Vedel. 


5. Bogomolets National Medical University

This university is the leading medical school in Ukraine. The university has a long history of medical discovery – from the first cataract removals through corneal incision in 1847 to more recent developments in the treatment of cancer and other diseases.


Researchers at Bogomolets National Medical University dedicate time to searching for remedies for medical issues caused by the Chernobyl disaster. They are also innovators in the area of preventing infectious diseases in Ukraine.


The school has a number of museums that are open to the public. If zoology, human anatomy or the history of Russian and Ukrainian scientists are subjects of interest to you, make a stop at the museum during your trip to Kyiv. 


6. National Technical University - Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute (Kharkiv)

NTU trains students in any of 89 technical areas of study. They also have an online university that offers 69 different majors. The university has trained over 150,000 engineers during its existence.


Notable alumni include Leon Theremin, the creator of the theremin, the first electric musical instrument and Nobel Prize winning physicist Lev Landau.


7. National Mining University (Dnipropetrovsk)

Ukraine is rich in natural resources and mining has always been an important part of the country’s economy. The National Mining University was established in 1899 to help train professionals for this industry.


The school currently has about 16,000 students. Students can study geology, mechanical engineering, economics, and other disciplines that relate to the mining industry.


8. National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine (Kiev)

The National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine is the country’s top agricultural school. Agriculture is a huge part of Ukraine’s economy; about 42 million of the country’s 60 million hectares are dedicated to agriculture, and 15% of the country’s people are employed in agriculture.


The school is a research university where professors and students work to develop the best farming techniques for the highly agricultural country. 


Notable alumni include former Ukrainian Parliament Speaker Oleksandr Moroz and agricultural expert Trofim Lysenko. 


9. Dnipropetrovsk Oles’ Gonchar National University

Dnipropetrovsk Oles’ Gonchar National University takes great pride in the diversity of its educational programs. Over 100,000 graduates in dozens of areas of study have graduated from this university.


This school has close ties to Yuzhnoye Design Bureau, one of the world’s largest rocket and space exploration centers.


Notable alumni include Ukrainian writer Terentiyovych Oles Honchar and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. 



10. Kyiv National Economic University named after Vadym Hetman (Kiev)

This school offers degrees in business-related fields such as marketing, accounting, economics, management and applied statistics. More than 36,000 students study at the university. Although Kiev has seen a great deal of political and social turbulence in the last century, the university managed to maintain stable teaching staff and ciriculum. The university celebrated its 105th anniversary in 2011.