Taras Shevchenko National University of Kiev was founded in 1834 as the first establishment of higher education in Ukraine. Today, the University is a first-rate centre of science, education and culture. Since independence, Kiev University has improved its system of training specialists since its graduates are to work in various segments of the new political, social and economic system. The Rector of the University is also the President of the National Rectors' Council of Ukraine.
Donetsk National University was founded in 1937. It is considered a first-rate centre of science, education and culture in Donbas. The University has developed several partnerships across Europe and beyond. Today DNU is a part of the Donetsk Science Centre NAS of Ukraine and Ministry for Education and Science of Ukraine. Scientists of academic institutions take an active part in the training of students, postgraduates and doctoral candidates at the University.
In 2004, the University was one of the first in Ukraine to sign the Magna Charta of European universities.
Lesya Ukrainka Eastern European National University was founded as the Lutsk State Teachers' Training Institute in 1940. Eastern European National University strives to be a national model of the best practices in student access, community engagement and learning in all the dimensions of the institution. The University aims to be characterised in the years ahead by growth, cohesiveness and entrepreneurial operations.
Odessa National University was founded in 1865. The main aim of the university is to train qualified specialists in education, science, art, economy, law, and business in different spheres of the economy and manufacture.
Hundreds of foreign students are educated at ONU each year. The university has substantial experience in conducting numerous international research and teaching development projects. Furthermore, the University continuously takes part in the work of international organisations regarding higher education.
The National Rectors' Council of Ukraine
The National Rectors' Council of Ukraine is a non-governmental organisation, which unites rectors of state and private higher education institutions in Ukraine. The Council is funded by its member universities in relation to their student enrolment. The Council is a forum where university rectors can discuss and address future challenges and propose strategies and recommendations to national public authorities in order to meet these challenges.
The Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine is a central executive body, whose activities are directed by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. The Ministry plays a major role in implementing state policy in education, research and educational activities, research activities in higher education and intellectual property. The main tasks of the Ministry are:
forming and implementing state policy in education, science, scientific, educational and intellectual property; creating conditions for citizens to complete secondary education, ensuring the development of the educational and scientific potential of Ukraine and identifying prospects and development priorities in education, science and intellectual property.