Kiev Mohyla Academy – Educating Future Leaders for Centuries
One of Ukraine’s better known Universities is the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, which is closely associated with the historical site called the Kyiv Mohyla Academy found in Podil. The National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy was formed in 1992; just before that the Soviet Union had gone through a spate of turmoil, leading to its eventual dissolving and allowing Ukraine to gain its independence.
Podil is part of the administrative district in the capital city Kiev and is known for its immense historical value. One of the first neighborhoods of Kiev to be developed was Podil and it was here that Kiev’s industry and trade first took place long ago. You will notice beautiful and noticeably old buildings and architectural styles the minute you step into this part of Kiev. There are many old attractions and sights to be seen here and to this day new archaeological sites are still being discovered.
The historic Kyiv Mohyla Academy was one of the most recognized schools in the Eastern part of Europe in 1632. Here students could take part in academic subjects as well as theological subjects similar to what is taught at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. Petro Mohyla first established the Academy during the time when the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, a large country, was still around. Students from many other countries would come all the way here to be taught because of the recognition received by the Universities. Many political leaders in Ukraine and other intellectuals attended this University for those very reasons.
Apart from the Kyiv Mohyla Academy, other attractions you should look out for are the House of Peter the Great, two monasteries called Frolivskyi and Pokrovskyi, Kontraktova Square and the Fountain of Samson.
Today the Kyiv-Mohyla University is situated in the same area as its predecessor and still has a lot of the old 17th century buildings as part of the main frame of the University. There are a number of faculties that make up the University providing students with an array of subjects to choose from. Apart from subjects like economics and law there are a number of courses that teach the English language within the University as well as to the public.