The Kiev National University named after Taras Shevchenko is the oldest university on the territory of Ukraine and also a scientific and cultural centre. It has a lot of awards, for example the first place in 2009 among higher educational institutions of Ukraine and one of the best 100 higher educational institutions of the Central and Eastern Europe. Earlier the University has been included in the first three Soviet higher educational institutions and remains nowadays the most popular and prestigious higher educational institution on the territory of Ukraine. The competition in the University is 11 persons for an educational placement.
Taras Shevchenko University has a rich history. It was founded in 1834 by the order of the Emperor Nicholas I. Its original name was the Kiev Emperor University of Saint Vladimir. The University had to rent buildings, because it wasn’t initially provided with own blocks.
At present the University numbers 16 faculties, while there was the only Faculty of Philosophy in the middle of the 19th century. At first exclusively noble children could study in the University and nowadays many children of the most famous Ukrainian politicians and eminent personalities prefer this educational institution to others.
The main block of the University, also known as the Red Block, is a huge round building with an enclosed court. The black and red coloured block due to an award ribbon of Order of Saint Vladimir (red with black). The University motto coincides with the motto of this Order “Benefit, Honour, Glory”.
At present there are also next to the educational blocks on the territory of the Kiev National University named after Taras Shevchenko the Training and Further Training Educational Centre for Foreigners, the Scientific and Research Institute of Physiology, the Ukrainian Physical and Mathematical Lyceum, the Botanical Garden named after Fomin, the University History Museum, the Zoological Museum, Museum of Linguistics, the Information-computer Centre, the Scientific Library named after M. Maximovich, the Publishing and Polygraphic Centre, the Astronomical Observatory, the Kanev State Reserve.