Taras Shevchenko University 

Taras Shevchenko University or officially the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (Ukrainian: Київський національний університет імені Тараса Шевченка), colloquially known in Ukrainian as KNU (Ukrainian: Київський національний універcитет – КНУ) is located in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. KNU is ranked within top 500 Universities in the world. Currently, its structure consists of fifteen faculties (academic departments)and five institutes. It was founded in 1834 as the Kiev Imperial University of Saint Vladimir. During the Soviet Union era, Taras Shevchenko University was one of the top-three universities in the USSR, along with Moscow State University and Leningrad State University. It is ranked as the best university in Ukraine in many rankings . Throughout history, the university has produced many famous alumni including Nikolay Bunge, Mykhailo Drahomanov, Mykhailo Hrushevskyi, Nikolai Berdyaev, Mikhail Bulgakov, Viacheslav Chornovil, Leonid Kravchuk, and many others.

Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv is a classic research-based university, with a vision that highlights education, research and innovation. At the contemporary heart of its mission is education, which produces experts at the highest level, extremely competitive in the labour market, a mission which applies and extends leading-edge information technology in education and science, continually driving academic research and further integration into the European Space of education, science and IT. The high status of a classical research university is underpinned by the numerous academic achievements of its staff. The staff at the University has a broad range of formal achievements recognised, in particular with the State Prize of Ukraine in Science and Technology, Awards from the National Academy of Science of Ukraine and branches of the national academies of science, Orders of Merit, Orders of Saints Cyril and Methodius, awards of the honorary title of Honoured Educationalist of Ukraine and Honoured Lawyer of Ukraine, also Awards by the President of Ukraine for young academics and Awards by the Ukrainian Parliament to the most talented young scientists in basic and applied research, and scientific and technological development.

During the Soviet period, the Taras Shevchenko University received one Order of Lenin (1959) and one Order of the October Revolution (1984). Additionally, in 2002 the asteroid 4868 Knushevia was named in honour of Kyiv Taras Shevchenko University.

University rankings

In 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016-2017 Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (KNU) is ranked within top 500 Universities in the world.

In 2009, Delovoy magazine ranked Taras Shevchenko University as the best university in Ukraine, being nationally the strongest in the greatest number of academic fields. According to the independent ranking of 228 universities in Ukraine performed by Compas, Taras Shevchenko University was ranked the first best position in Ukraine regarding the adequacy of alumni to the labor market of Ukraine.

According to Scopus (2009), Taras Shevchenko University has the highest research paper output of any Ukrainian university, and is also the top research producer (as assessed by total paper citation count). The university features in the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities (2010) at 1,346 out of 8,000 in the world, at 63 out of top 100 universities of the Central and Eastern Europe, and a leading academic institution in Ukraine.

Education in English is offered in accordance with the following
majors where all the disciplines are taught in English:

Masters in:

• «East European Studies» (background specialty «International Relations»)
• «International Litigation» (background specialty «International Law»)
• «European Business Law»  (background specialty «European Law»
• «International Trade Regulation»  (background specialty «International Law»)
• «International Entrepreneurship» (background specialty «International Economic Relations»)
• «International Management and Marketing» (background specialty «International Business»)
• «International Communication» (background specialty «International Information»).

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