UCU offers a quality education and strives to enroll capable students, though the price of instruction can deter even the most talented applicants. The university supports entrants who need it, which is the basis of the social-academic reduction and the reason why benefactors are ready to donate for UCU students. Taras Dobko, Sophia Opatska, and Yaroslav Rushchyshyn talked about this and other things.
Taras Dobko, Senior Vice-Rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University, talked about why UCU has introduced tuition reductions and, above all, whom the university hopes to support.
To ensure access to quality education was, is, and will be UCU’s task. Here “quality” and “access” are significant. We strive so that the young person, feeling potential and the call to change his or her life and the surrounding world for the better, will have an opportunity to acquire a quality education in Ukraine, not needing to travel abroad. Such an education, however, is costly, because it demands motivated teachers, modern equipment, and good libraries with the newest literature and many other services. On the other hand, UCU does not want to be a university only for the wealthy. Each one, regardless of income, should have the chance for a quality education. In order to create the possibility for “social lift,” UCU has a system of tuition reductions. This means that any talented youth will have the opportunity to study at UCU, even if his or her parents cannot pay the full sum of education. The main thing is the desire to study and learn about the world!
In his time, Ivan Franko was able to acquire an education and become who he was not only thanks to his incredible gifts but through an accident – he was the oldest child in the family. According to the testimonies of people who knew the Franko family, his brother Onufrii was, perhaps, even more gifted than Ivan. But things didn’t work out for him – he had to remain on the farm with his parents. Though the conditions of life have essentially changed and now there are significantly more possibilities to acquire an education, there are, nevertheless, children from families who, because of financial circumstances, do not have the ability to pay the tuition so that their children could acquire a truly quality education. How many “Ivan Frankos” will we lose because of this?!
So it is important to give all those to whom the Lord has given talents a chance for education.
UCU cannot help everyone, because we are a small university and have a limited amount of students. But we want to create conditions so that each talented young person who comes to us has such a chance.
Yaroslav Rushchyshyn, philanthropist, emeritus Senator of the Ukrainian Catholic University, talks about why donors support UCU students and what they hope to see.
UCU is a unique institution not only in Ukraine but in the world. It offers a new format of cooperation with benefactors, scholarship founders from the business world – people who can afford to support talented, active students. It is unique that the benefactor has an opportunity to communicate with his or her student throughout the academic year and to learn of his or her successes and difficulties. I myself especially enjoy the letters that the scholarship students write to their benefactors. Through this communication it’s possible to keep track of the young person’s progress.
Because of my many years of experience with UCU in this area, I did not for a minute doubt the necessity to invest in the young generation, especially those people to whom the university offers support. Because the success of these students is evaluated not only by the amount of knowledge they have acquired during their studies, but according to a moral and ethical core, I would even say “backbone.” This is very important when the young person can deal with problems that arise at work, in personal life, or in the country. He or she does not toss up his or her hands, but they join with the like-minded from various generations and encourage the gradual movement of society into the future, based on Christian values.
UCU is concerned about the student’s formation as a fully educated person who can find his or her place in the world and knows how to respond to today’s difficult challenges.
Sophia Opatska, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs of the Ukrainian Catholic University, talks about why it is worthwhile to participate in the contest to receive a social-academic reduction and what advantages it offers.
The government does not give UCU any money for students’ education. We, instead, have developed our own model for how talented youth who cannot pay for their own education can enter UCU. For them we have established the social-academic reduction. Our goal is to be a “social lift” for these young people. These applicants, who match precise criteria about social status, can enter the contest and receive a reduction on educational costs. For entrants to the bachelor’s program, the reduction covers 100% of the cost of education for the first and second years, and 50% for the third and fourth years.
We expect that our entrants will be talented young people, successful in their studies, who have a charism for leadership and are active in society. If you feel that you’re ready, join our community!