Kharkiv is one of the largest centers of learning in Ukraine and Eastern Europe in terms of the number of post-secondary institutions of education and the sheer number of students. For that reason it is also called the Student Capital.
The city’s first educational institution, opened in 1805, was the Imperial University, known today as Karazin National University of Kharkiv. It has given the world three Nobel Prize winners: Illya Mechnikov, for medicine in 1908, Lev Landau for physics in 1962, and Simon Kuznets for economics in 1971.
Today, some 200,000 students are enrolled in Kharkiv in technical, legal, creative, medical and other faculties, including around 12,000 foreign students, which creates a unique atmosphere of student fraternity in the city.
Kharkiv has always felt itself to be young and loves to be in the center of events, to chose untraditional approaches, to be first in everything. As locals put it, “In Kharkiv, you only need 10 seconds to fall in love, but to really know the city, you need a bit more than a lifetime.”