Our University Novadays

Zhytomyr Ivan Franko State University is the oldest and the most powerful educational institution of Zhytomyr region. Its history dates back to the famous all-male Zhytomyr gymnasium, founded in 1833, which became the basis for Volyn teacher training institute in 1919. Preserving the unique spirit of the gymnasium and its traditions, the institute took up the role the gymnasium played in public and cultural life of the Volyn region. The institute has had different names throughout its history. In 1999 Zhytomyr teacher training institute was reorganized into Zhytomyr Ivan Franko Pedagogical University to become Zhytomyr Ivan Franko State University in 2004. Its more than 80-thousand army of graduates works in all corners of Ukraine as well as abroad. Among them there are famous scholars — mathematicians, physicists, biologists, geologists, linguists, historians, writers, managers of education, diplomats, politicians and state figures. Due to their activities, research and teaching achievements our university is highly valued not only in Ukraine but also far beyond its borders.

The university has seen the most dynamic development during the last decade. Today University is a complex multy-structural system that includes a number of educational, scientific and industrial complexes, inter-university research centres and institutes, many libraries, local computer network, observatory, agrobiostation, dining room, cafe, buffets, publishing centre, 5 dormitories and modern sports complex. ZSU is engaged in joint work with University of Warsaw and universities of the Great Volyn, has about 40 cooperation agreements with university centers all over the world.

Structurally the university comprises 3 institutes, 5 schools, and the center for pre- and post graduate education. About 8 thousand students are currently receiving their education at ZSU. The university has IV level of accreditation and trains students for all the education and qualification levels — bachelor, specialist and master. Post graduate and doctorate courses are available with more than 200 post-graduate and doctorate students currently conducting their research. There are 2 Dissertation Advisory Committees for the PhD level dissertations and a Doctorate degree Advisory Committee.

17 scientific schools, 20 scientific research centers, 30 research scientific and research methodological laboratories function at ZSU. 41 departments employ 589 staff members, including 65 Doctors of Science and 297 PhDs. The average age of the staff is 38. The university staff includes 12 Honored Educators of Ukraine, 2 Honored Scientists of Ukraine, 4 Honored Workers of Physical Education and Sports of Ukraine, 2 Honored Journalists of Ukraine, 5 Honored Artists of Ukraine, 3 People’s Artist of Ukraine, 1 Honored Coach of Ukraine, dozens of laureates of the reward of the President of Ukraine, holders of the Cabinet of Ministers scholarship, winners of the NAS of Ukraine scholarships, grants of the President of Ukraine and other specialized academies.

Every year about a hundred students and staff members undergo training in prestigious universities abroad, while foreign professors give lectures and conduct master classes for undergraduate, master and postgraduate students of ZSU. The programs dealing with increasing the quality of education, life and professional competence as well as the demand for university graduates among employers have been successfully realized and have proven efficient, namely — “Language Strategies”, “Inclusive Education”, “Professional Training Quality Monitoring”, “Life-long Education”, “Creative Education”, “Trade and Manual Job”.

The university publishes 6 academic journals and 9 student research journals, holds dozens of international and national conferences annually. ZSU students become winners of international and national contests and competitions, win championships of Ukraine, European and World championships.

Being the heralds of civil and state education management, several councils function at ZSU, namely the Council for ZSU Development, Board of Trustees, Council of Elders, Council of Doctors of Science, Gender Education Center, the Student Fellowship.

It is by no chance, that ZSU has been acknowledged nationally and internationally as the “Leader of Modern Education”, “Flagship of Education and Science in Ukraine”, “The Symbol of Classical Education”. ZSU has been praised with gold, silver and bronze medals for introducing innovative education technologies and new forms of education process organization. It has been a constant winner at annual competition “My Blossoming Town” and other.

As a result, according to the consolidated rating of higher educational establishments of Ukraine in 2014 (“Ukraine’s Top-200”, “Scopus”, “Webometrics”) ZSU has been 72-nd among 292 higher education institutions of Ukraine. It has become one of the “Top-10” universities of Central Ukraine.

Zhytomyr Ivan Franko State University is steadily moving ahead, making history with the joint effort of university professors, students and staff. Teaching staff is optimistic about the future because there is every reason for confidence that the coming years and decades will be the time of new creative victories and achievements.