New faculties, bachelor’s and master’s programs, institutes and centers, and also a more than twofold increase in the number of students summarize UCU’s 7-year development campaign.
UCU’s growth as a response to society’s demands.
UCU has always strived to respond to the challenges of Ukrainian society and offer progressive solutions which would work to resolve problems. And so, in working on a 7-year development
strategy, “A New Generation for a New Ukraine,” it was important to understand in exactly which areas, fields, and spheres it was necessary to develop quality education and so to prepare professional specialists who would have a sufficient motivation and level of knowledge.
UCU in advance formed academic clusters, areas of movement, for this: language and culture studies, humanities and social sciences, technology and applied sciences, health and human well-being, international politics and law, theology and religious studies, social communications and media, business, management and leadership, ethics and contemporary problems. And, in time, on this basis the university developed a plan for new faculties and programs.
During the 7-year development campaign, UCU grew from 2 to 6 faculties, from 3 to 10 bachelors’ and from 2 to 16 masters’ programs.
In 2010, UCU had 2 faculties (humanities and theology-philosophy), 3 bachelors’ (theology, history and archeology, and social pedagogy) and 2 masters’ programs (theology, history and archeology). And already at the start of the 2017 academic year, after 7 especially intensive and productive years, the university had essentially expanded. Four new faculties appeared at UCU
(social sciences, applied sciences, health sciences, and the Lviv Business School), 17 masters’ and 5 bachelors’ programs, and 13 new institutes and centers.
New programs were created in response to demands which existed in society. The experience of the Revolution of Dignity and needs which were born on the Maidan motivated the opening of some of them. So UCU made important new offerings: a Master’s Program in Human Rights in response to violations in Ukraine’s legal field; the School of Management, which is already now preparing progressive specialists in the field of government management; and also the Institute of Mental Health and the School of Rehabilitation Medicine which, among other things, are involved with helping and rehabilitating ATO participants.
An important innovation has been the appearance of absolutely new interdisciplinary programs like the Bachelor’s Program in Ethics-Politics- Economics (Faculty of Social Sciences) and
Business Analysis (Faculty of Applied Sciences), which managing to attract very outstanding entering students. In general, 41% of first-year students in bachelors’ programs were in the top
5% of the country’s high school graduates according to results of the profile IET (Independent External Testing) exam. This figure stands at 57% for the programs of the Faculty of Applied Sciences. These statistics attest to the sharp growth tendencies of IT technologies and the desire of youth to move in this direction.
The number of students increased twofold
In general, over these years the number of students has increased more than twofold (from 800 to 1 800), of which 59% are female and 41% male. Every year approximately 500 people study at UCU’s various short-term programs in theology, psychology, bioethics, data science, and Ukrainian language and culture. Though the majority of the university’s students are from the Lviv and Kyiv regions, UCU covers all Ukraine and now has students from all the regions.