We are happy to announce the foundation of the Ukrainian Global University, a global educational and academic support network to rebuild the country
Ukrainian Global University (UGU) aims to bring together the world's best educational institutions to support Ukrainians and give them opportunities for high-quality education and research to rebuild their country. The initiative was launched in partnership with the Office of the President of Ukraine by a consortium of leading Ukrainian educational institutions and organizations, i.e., Kyiv School of Economics, Ukraine Global Scholars, Ukrainian Catholic University, Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program at Stanford University, Professional Government Association of Ukraine, SET University, and Kyiv Academic University. The initiative is endorsed by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine and the Embassy of Ukraine in the US.
It is a global network that brings together the world's best educational institutions. This non-profit initiative aims to connect Ukrainian students, fellows, scientists, and tutors with educational institutions worldwide, newly offered scholarships, fellowships, and postdoc programs. The platform ensures that the displaced students, scholars, and fellows are not abandoned; it also supports those willing to study/do research abroad to come back and rebuild Ukraine. The main goal of the UGU initiative is to overcome the devastating consequences of Russia's aggressive war and, jointly with the international intellectual community, develop ideas and practices to build a new Ukraine.
The UGU focuses on establishing personal and institutional partnerships with schools, higher educational institutions, and research centers worldwide in the first phase. UGU is looking for partnerships that will create stimulating intellectual environments for the medium to long term. The initiative will engage with foundations and universities that can sponsor students, scholars, researchers individually and as groups. Each partner institution agrees on the details and conditions on a case-by-case basis. Still, all partners are encouraged to sign an open memorandum with UGU that defines the shared values and principles. Please join the effort to build Ukrainian academic and intellectual sovereignty by expressing an interest in the partnership at https://uglobal.university/.
Stanford, Yale, Harvard, and other leading universities have already supported the initiative and committed specific resources and programming, such as fellowships for visits and funding for joint activities. To maximize the effort of the UGU initiative, the team is building a network of volunteers. Alumni and university representatives from all over the world are welcome to join UGU and help connect more educational institutions to the network. They can become UGU ambassadors at their universities or reach out to an administration at any institution worldwide to initiate the process of their partnership with UGU. In case you are interested in joining our efforts and becoming an ambassador of your university, please register through the link https://uglobal.university/for_volunteers/
Information on Co-founders
About Kyiv School of Economics
Kyiv School of Economics is an undergraduate and graduate school of economics and management in Kyiv, Ukraine, founded in 1996 by the Economics Education and Research Consortium (EERC) and the Eurasia Foundation. KSE today is the most ambitious Ukrainian educational project and the most potent intellectual hub in the country. Its mission is to build an intellectual foundation for a strong economy in Ukraine. Since the school's opening, 1159 students have graduated from KSE with a Master's degree. In 2021, KSE opened Bachelor's programs. KSE now integrates KSE University, KSE Business School, KSE Institute (think tank), and Kyiv School of Economics Charitable Foundation.
About Ukraine Global Scholars
Ukraine Global Scholars (UGS) is a non-profit organization that has helped 150+ Ukrainian high school students from modest backgrounds receive $37+ million in scholarships to top global boarding schools and colleges. In exchange, students commit to returning to Ukraine for five years to rebuild the country.
About Ukrainian Catholic University
The Ukrainian Catholic University is a Catholic university in Lviv, Ukraine, affiliated with the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. It was the first Catholic university to open on the territory of the former Soviet Union. It has 1900 students studying in six faculties. Professional degrees are offered in journalism and business; doctoral degrees in history and theology. In 2018 and 2019, students entering UCU had the highest external independent evaluation scores.
About Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program at Stanford University
The Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program (UELP) is a 10-month academic training fellowship hosted at Stanford University. The program was founded in 2016 at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford Freeman Spogli Institute as an initiative to address development challenges in Ukraine and across the broader region. The objective of the UELP is to strengthen fellows' leadership skills and bolster their academic foundation.
About Professional Government Association of Ukraine (PGA)
An independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit NGO that brings together over 25 Ukraine-based alumni associations with over 3,000 western-educated Ukrainians. Its mission is to serve as a civil society platform for improving the quality of government in Ukraine and internationally as well as making Ukraine's public service world class. To achieve its mission, the PGA encourages western-educated Ukrainians to work in the government and advocates for comprehensive public administration reform. The PGA facilitates the reform implementation and monitors its progress in cooperation with local and international partners.
About SET University
SET University is a new Ukrainian tech university with a mission to grow future tech innovators by teaching them modern technologies and how to apply them in business. The university combines a modern academic approach and strong expertise in technology to create an intellectual and educational hub focusing on entrepreneurial culture, research and the tech community.
The State Research Institution «Kyiv Academic University» (KAU) is a new Ukrainian research-intensive university of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (NAS of Ukraine) and the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine. The main idea behind KAU is a combination of a research-intensive education system based on research institutions of NAS of Ukraine, strong integration into the European Research Area, and international cooperation with US research universities. The core mission of KAU is to address pressing societal challenges for the revival of Ukrainian science and technology and to build an equal and inclusive community.