National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, NaUKMA, is a public comprehensive research university, first established in 1615 and revived in 1991 in independent Ukraine.
Kyiv-Mohyla Academy is one of the oldest academic schools amongst the Orthodox Christian countries of Eastern Europe (was in existence in the 17-19th centuries). It was reborn in 1991, after almost a century of non-existence (Kyiv Theological Academy as a successor of the old Kyiv-Mohyla Academy was closed by the Soviets in 1919), as Ukraine’s first university free from the soviet heritage. All educational innovations that were implemented in higher education of independent Ukraine originated from NaUKMA, including independent entry testing, credit system, first Bachelor (1991), Master (1996) and PhD (2008) programs, first comprehensive Academic Integrity Policy, etc.
NaUKMA builds its educational practice on the Liberal Arts principles, with a high percentage of elective courses and a strong emphasis on the civic engagement of students and staff. NaUKMA is an innovative university and an agent of social and educational change with the mission to unlock the potential of each individual student, contributing in this way to shaping democratic society and Ukraine as an efficient state. Currently, NaUKMA is one of the smallest and the most prestigious universities in Ukraine.