CHICAGO – According to the analytical website texty.org.ua, the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) has the smartest group of incoming students in Ukraine. According to the same research, UCU is now among Ukraine’s three top-rated universities, joined by Taras Shevchenko National University and the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.
The analytical group of Texty has for the second time conducted research to determine Ukraine’s best universities. In the opinion of the study’s authors, the best criterion for this is rating the indicators of incoming students on the basis of External Independent Testing (ETI), and also indicators of the cost of education and the professionalism of the teachers.
According to the research results, UCU has gone up 34 places in the rating (in comparison with 2011) and is now among the three national leaders. The average indicator of the EIT results of UCU’s incoming students is the highest in the country, at 182.5 points. The contract price of education also is a very important criterion, as the research demonstrated that the higher the cost of education, the higher the quality of educational services the university offers.
“We decided to rate universities according to the EIT level of their students. We proceeded from the simple idea that the higher the students’ EIT rating, the higher the university’s level… The group in first place is the Ukrainian Catholic University, Taras Shevchenko National University, and National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. The second group of universities is Bohomolets University, Lviv Medical University, Kyiv Polytechnic University and Kharkiv University. The three main centers of education, which was evident also in 2011, are Kyiv, Lviv and Kharkiv,” stated Anatoliy Bondarenko, head of the journalistic data department of the site texty.org.ua. (An interactive table of the rating of universities is available at https://www.radiosvoboda.org/a/vnz-rate/29012005.html.)
In 2017, the Ukrainian Catholic University admitted 327 first-year students, who entered 10 bachelor’s programs at the university. Thanks to the successful results of the university’s first comprehensive campaign, a number of new interdisciplinary programs like Ethics-Politics-Economics (Faculty of Social Sciences) and Business Analysis (Faculty of Applied Sciences) were able to recruit outstanding entering students.
In general, 41 percent of first-year students in bachelor’s degree programs in 2017 were in the top 5 percent of the country’s high school graduates, according to the EIT profile exam. For programs of the Faculty of Applied Sciences, 57 percent of first-year students are in the top 5 percent.
Sources: texty.org.ua, https://www.radiosvoboda.org/a/vnz-rate/29012005.html