Each year more and more entrants with top scores from Independent External Testing (IET) choose UCU, and 2018’s entrants are no exception. So, 48% of this year’s entrants are in the top 5% of school graduates from all Ukraine.
UCU Vice-Rector of Academic Affairs Sophia Opatska talks about the challenges of this year’s admissions campaign and how the university responded to them:
“The entering student’s last year of study at school up to the moment of entering college is difficult and requires ‘a lot of grit,’ as Adrian Slywotzky puts it. A fair amount of small details need to be understood, and the correct steps need to be taken at the right time. And so we as a university, above all, try to explain to entrants as best as possible what needs to be done and when,” recounts Vice-Rector Sophia Opatska.
“This year we (in particular the Recruiting Department) tried to be helpful to entrants and their parents, regardless of what college the students planned to enter. Even our hashtags were #вступ2018 [#admission2018] and #UCUhelpful. Also, starting in March, every Friday at 15:00 you could come to UCU and take a tour of the university, led by students or graduates. All these elements help entrants make a well-informed decision. And we’ll continue this work next year. So you can go to our pages on social media: Абітурієнтам УКУ [for UCU entrants] and #ucu_admission.
These efforts of the university team have produced results, and today the smartest students are choosing UCU.
“In the USA, the top 1% of entrants enter the country’s 20 best universities. Five years ago, we decided to introduce a model for attracting the best entrants. It was Adrian Slywotzky who ‘tossed’ us the idea of assymetrical competition, which should produce (and has already produced) results in the long term, admitting the best entrants. Not the wealthiest, but the best,” explains Sophia Opatska.
“Though we are a private, not-for-profit university, and don’t receive a cent of government financing for the educational process, we make maximum efforts to attract other funding, and offer our students various types of scholarships, namely: based on the results of competitions, IET, and also social scholarships. What does this mean for the future? I think that, in time, we’ll reach the top 1%. And now our students will study not only with better teachers but among better students. And this is very important. Healthy competition is what will make us develop. On the other hand, our task as a university is to remind our students about the human side and not forget about cooperation and friendship, and also to develop well-rounded graduates, because this is what the labor market now demands.”