Higher education in Ukraine has centuries-old history, national traditions and high prestige in the world. Ukraine was one of the most developed republics of the former Soviet Union, distinguished by high level of training of highly qualified specialists and research workers. Higher school in Ukraine has got developed training, scientific and social infrastructure and is ready to give an opportunity to every citizen of Ukraine or citizen of any other country to obtain education of different levels, to study at proficiency improvement or advanced courses, to study at post-graduate courses or to write doctorate dissertation, to take part in fundamental and applied researches.
Every year almost 200 thousand Ukrainians and citizens of other countries become students of higher educational institutions in Ukraine after passing entrance examinations based on secondary education. The system of higher education in our country has flexible structure, corresponds to modern trends and tendencies to those in advanced countries recognized by UNESCO, UN Organization and many other international organization. Almost 900 thousand undergraduates study at the universities, academies and institutes, about 600 thousand of them are full-time students. About 40% of school-leaves have the opportunity to get higher education.
Scientific and teaching staff accounts about 80,000 persons; among them 4,506 doctors of science, 32,825 candidates of science, 5,228 professors and 26,665 assistant professors. Graduates of higher educational institutions who have outstanding inclinations for scientific-research work have an opportunity to continue their studies at the post-graduate and doctorate