Scholarly research at UCU
Scholarly research and the organization of scholarly work at the Ukrainian Catholic University is based on dialogue among scholarship, study, and practical skills, which gives added value to educational services in the academic, professional, and social spheres. By uniting faith and reason, the university’s innovative model is formed on the principles of freedom in the creative search for the creation of new knowledge and the worldview formation of undergraduate and graduate students. The model of “teaching through research,” through which professors inspire and motivate students by their own scholarly achievements, is directly oriented at improving the quality of educational services. The research work of professors and graduate and undergraduate students is mainly focused in the scholarly institutes and departments of the university, and also in schools and educational and research centers and programs. Scholarly activity at UCU is based on the principles of Christian morals and academic honesty and is supported by a transparent policy of awarding internal grants, prizes, and stipends, and other forms of encouragement.
Among UCU’s priority research areas are programs in Ukrainian Catholic theology, the study of problems of today’s world and reconciliation and mutual understanding in Ukraine, “Kyivan Christianity,” and “The UGCC in the conditions of the Soviet regime: Violent liquidation, life in the underground, the struggle for legalization, 1939-1989.” Among research areas in which UCU has, or in the near future plans to develop, as original schools of research are: history, including ecclesiastical and intellectual, research in nationalism, religious studies, separate branches of theology, sociology, ethical and bioethical problems, and applied research in the field of machine learning.
UCU’s 2025 development strategy foresees the active development of research and grant work at the university, the goal of which is to ensure the presence and visibility of the university at the national level and, in certain areas, also on the global scene as leading research and analytical center with its own research schools and professorial institute.
The organization and coordination of scholarly activity at the university are implemented by the UCU Department for the Organization of Research.
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