Luhansk Taras Shevchenko National University is a modern innovative higher educational institution, which has been a leader in eastern Ukraine for almost 100 years.
In 2014, the difficult situation in our country did not bypass a single Ukrainian. Our university found itself in the epicenter of the criminal actions of terrorist groups, was subjected to repression and persecution of students and teachers, the seizure and destruction of buildings. The war claimed the lives of several prominent scientists of the institution.
More than 183,200 m² of floor space were lost including 9 educational buildings; educational buildings of 7 structural subdivisions, “Children’s Academy”, “Children’s Regional Choir Philharmonic of LTSNU”; a library with five modernized reading rooms equipped with electronic catalogs and a collection of more than 1.3 million copies; sports building, modern computer park, about 20 multimedia complexes, own satellite Internet channel; campus; educational, scientific and excursion complex (astronomical observatory, winter botanical garden, zoological, geological, anatomical museum); archaeological and ethnographic museum complex, which has the status of the National Treasure of Ukraine; Church of the Holy Great Martyr Tatiana. The teachers and most of the students were left homeless.
Luhansk Taras Shevchenko National University left the combat zone and evacuated to the city of Starobilsk in order to continue full-fledged work.
Luhansk Taras Shevchenko National University found itself on an area of less than 10,000 square meters, without housing for teachers and students; proper material and technical, information, educational and methodological base; by a contingent of students who were geographically distant from the educational institution. But prorgessive teachers and students, Shevchenko’s spirit and faith in the future of the educational institution, united and independent Ukraine and a strong Ukrainian nation remaind at the university.
Now the University Administration, a significant part of the teaching staff and employees are located in the city of Starobilsk, Luhansk region, separate structural subdivisions – in the cities of Kreminna, Poltava, Rubizhne, Lysychansk.
For five years, despite difficult conditions, the team of LTSNU has continued its educational activities, remains the flagship of higher education in the East of Ukraine and is proud of its employees, teachers and students who have remained faithful to their country and native Alma Mater.
Organization of the educational process
For the sixth year in a row, the organization of the educational process at the university is carried out in unusual conditions of movement based on the principles of mobility, flexibility and constant search for new effective forms of interaction between students and teachers in order to ensure the quality of education.
Admission to the university is carried out by the basic educational institution and its separate subdivisions (College of Luhansk Taras Shevchenko National University; Separate Subdivision “Starobilsk Humanitarian and Pedagogical College of LTSNU”; Separate Subdivision “Lysychansk Pedagogical College of LTSNU”; Separate Subdivision “Kadiivka Pedagogical College of LTSNU”; Separate Subdivision “Rubezhne O.Ye. Porai-Koshytsia Polytechnic College of LTSNU”; Separate Subdivision “Brianka College of LTSU”; Regional Center for Vocational Education of LTSNU) for all educational levels: junior specialist , bachelor, master, as well as educational and scientific degree of Doctor of Philosophy and scientific degree of Doctor of Science.
The academic offer of Luhansk Taras Shevchenko National University covers about 150 specialties and professions.
For the organization and technical support of education, the university uses a convenient and reliable system – the open educational platform Moodle. The university has developed its own platform “Electronic University” in the Ukrainian segment of cyberspace LNU.УКР, which provides support for the educational process at the university on the basis of information technologies for teaching including registration of students, creation of computer tests, testing, etc. The platform provides access to the creation and implementation of computer tests regardless of the location of teachers, students and the university (client-server technology).
On the basis of the “Electronic University” platform, we have developed our own subsystem for conducting online lectures in real time, based on electronic lecture halls and a distributed location in cyberspace of all participants in the educational process of the university. The subsystem has been introduced into the educational process of the university.
Socially educational work
Educational and extracurricular activities at Luhansk Taras Shevchenko National University are implemented within the framework of social and humanitarian work, which is a purposeful process taking into account the characteristics and specifics of the university, in particular the professionalism of the teaching staff, which is largely a bearer of spiritual, moral, ethical, business qualities, the level of his interaction with students and the impact on their consciousness in order to form their balanced life position, the ability to perceive, use, disseminate and obtain the necessary experience.
Taking into account the socio-political situation in Ukraine, it is becoming increasingly important to instill in the younger generation a sense of patriotism, devotion to the nationwide cause of strengthening the country, an active civic position, etc. In these conditions, for the university, the priority area of work is the national-patriotic education of the individual, aimed at the formation of national-patriotic consciousness, personal identification with his nation, faith in the spiritual forces and the future of the country, the will to work in favor of the people, awareness of moral and cultural values.
An important role in the system of socially educational work is played by the Center for Culture and Leisure, which solves the problem of cultural recreation of student youth. It includes: choreographic group of modern dance Inspration, vocal group and theater studio. This is where students have the opportunity to demonstrate and improve their creativity. And smart and dexterous – show themselves in the League of Laughter.
Students-athletes visit a sports club, on the basis of which football, valeyball, and basketball sections operate.
Thanks to the efficiency of the education system, the coordination of the work of all structural divisions at the university, holidays, competitions, memorial days, which are held annually and are extremely popular not only among students, but also among the townspeople, have become traditional. Such events as: Vyshyvanka Day, Day of Protection of the Holy Virgin, Teacher’s Day, National Flag Day, International Student Day, University Anniversary, Memorial and Reconciliation Day, Independence Day, Knowledge Day, Health Day, Education Worker Day, Defender’s Day in Ukraine, St. Nicholas Day, Smiley Day, etc.
An important component of the socially educational process at the university is the system of student self-government, the task of which is to increase social activity, initiatives of student youth, strengthen their responsibility, ensure and protect the rights and interests of students, promote educational, scientific and creative activities of youth, students mastering the skills of an organizer, leader, attracting students to administrative, scientific, economic, cultural, educational, international and other activities that are carried out at the university.
Flash mobs, participation in trainings, volunteer actions – this is not a complete list of what young people are doing. In this they are supported by the Primary Trade Union Organization, student social service, youth HUB “Inventors” and Coworking Center “Creative University”, where students and teachers have the opportunity to hold informal meetings; this is a gathering place for volunteer organizations and student self-government, it is here that the implementation of student teaching projects and classes takes place.
Achievements and awards
An indicator of the successful educational, research, teaching activities of Luhansk Taras Shevchenko National University is high places in domestic and international rankings, honorary awards from the world scientific community.
LTSNU constantly demonstrates high indicators at the International Exhibition “Modern Educational Institutions”. In the ranking exhibition competition at the IX International Exhibition “Modern Educational Institutions-2018” LTSNU was awarded the Grand Prix Diploma “Leader of International Activities”. According to the results of the competitive selection and examination, LTSNU also received a gold medal in the thematic category and a certificate “Quality of Scientific Publications” according to the ranking indicators of the international scientometric database SciVerse Scopus.
In 2019, at the X International Exhibition “Modern Educational Institutions-2019”, our university received Grand Prix diploma “Leader of Higher Education in Ukraine”, a gold medal in the thematic nomination “Socialization of the Individual in the Face of Modern Challenges” and a certificate “Quality of Scientific Publications” in terms of independent ranking of the international scientometric database SciVerse Scopus.
At the XI International Exhibition “Modern Educational Institutions-2020”, Luhansk Taras Shevchenko National University was awarded the title “Leader of Scientific and Scientific-Technical Activities”. According to the results of the competitive selection and examination of works LTSNU in thematic nominations received two gold medals and a certificate “Quality of Scientific Publications” according to the indicators of the independent ranking of the international scientometric database SciVerse Scopus.
The University has access to the largest international abstract and scientometric databases of scientific literature SCOPUS, Webometrics, Statista, EBSCO EP package, etc. The digital repository of LTSNU takes leading positions among the repositories of Ukrainian higher educational institutions.
According to the Internet rankings Ranking Web of Universities (Webometrics) and World Universities Web Ranking (uniRank), which determine the level of presence of educational institutions in the Internet environment, the university demonstrates high indicators and occupies leading positions in the region.
As of January 2020, 11993 universities of the world were included in the next edition of the World Ranking Web of Universities. According to it, in the world ranking, our institution of higher education took the 4569th place. And among 318 Ukrainian universities present in the ranking, our university took the 26th place.
In the January 2020 UniRank University Ranking of the year, which included more than 13600 world higher education institutions, Luhansk Taras Shevchenko National University is on the 5557th position. Among the 171 Ukrainian HEIs, our university took the 46th place, and among the HEIs of the Luhansk region it took the 1st place.
As of July 2020, the uniRank and Webometrics rankings of the world’s universities were published, in which our university took pride of place.
The next ranking of universities in the world uniRank includes 13723 HEIs of the world, among which our university occupies the 5656th place. Among 186 Ukrainian higher educational institutions, our university took the 66th place, and among the HEIs of the Luhansk region – the 1st place.
In the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, Luhansk Taras Shevchenko National University took the 4666th place. In addition, our university took the 3234th position in the continental ranking, the 1351st in the European ranking, and the 388th position among higher educational institutions in Central and Eastern Europe. Among 317 Ukrainian HEIs present in the ranking, our university took the 28th place.
In the ranking of higher educational institutions of Ukraine “Top-200 Ukraine” Luhansk Taras Shevchenko National University took the 52nd place, and among the HEI of the Luhansk region – the 1st place.
As of December 2020, our university has been included in two world rankings. Thus, in the world ranking “Transparent Ranking: Top Universities by Google Scholar Citations”, our university took the 3356th place. Among 63 Ukrainian HEIs, our university took the honorable 56th place. Among the higher educational institutions of the Luhansk region, we are the only ones included in this ranking.
The main criterion for ranking was the number of citations of a particular educational institution. Our Alma Mater was quoted 2,253 times.
In the transparent ranking of citation of leading scientists in the profiles of Google Scholar, 70 higher educational institutions from Ukraine were selected. Our university is the only one that got into this ranking from the East of Ukraine. The proof of the professionalism of our scientists is 3474 times the number of citations. Citation in Google Scholar is an indicator of the web presence of university scientists and is an indicator of the openness of HEIs.
As of January 2021, our university was included in two world rankings. So, according to the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, Luhansk Taras Shevchenko National University took the 36th place among domestic universities, among higher educational institutions in Central and Eastern Europe – the 405th place, and in the European ranking we got the1369th place. In addition, in the continental ranking, our university took the 3265th position, and in the world – the 4624th place.
The Transparent Ranking: Top Universities by Google Scholar Citations includes almost 3800 universities from all over the world with a total number of citations over 1000. According to it, Luhansk Taras Shevchenko National University took the 3356th place. Among 65 Ukrainian HEIs present in the ranking, our university took the 55th place. Among the higher educational institutions of the Luhansk region, we are the only ones included in this ranking.
Our university is the first educational institution in the region that is a full member of the International and European Association of Universities. In addition, LTSNU was the first in Ukraine to successfully pass the assessment procedure twice by experts from leading European universities under the Institutional Assessment Program of the European University Association.
The university is proud of the achievements of students and graduates of the Educational and Research Institute of Physical Education and Sports. Since 1964, the Institute of Physical Education and Sports has won 35 Olympic medals, including 12 gold, 9 silver and 14 bronze!
The 2018-2019 academic year has become fruitful for our athletes in the sports arena. So, at the international level, the master’s student majoring in Physical Culture and Sports Kostiantyn Musienko became the European champion in powerlifting. Danylo Kovalov, master’s student majoring in Physical Culture and Sports, set a new world record at the World Championship. Daria Rusanenko, first-year student majoring in Physical Culture and Sports set a new record for Ukraine at the Ukrainian Powerlifting Championship.
Teacher of the ER IPES, Master of Sports of Ukraine in powerlifting, member of the national team of Ukraine Oleksandr Dubovyi became the European Championship in the team event and set a world record in power extreme, which was held in the city of Zaporizhzhia.
More than 30 athletes became champions of Ukraine in various sports: Bohdan Buriachek, Vitalii Serhieiev, Oleksii Shkurskyi – weightlifting; Eduard Yermakov, Oleksii Robu – artistic gymnastics; Artur Politaiev, Oleksandr Kuznetsov, Stanislav Maltsev – Greco-Roman wrestling; Daria Rusanenko – powerlifting and others.
Students of our university Sofia Lyskun (diving) and Yevhen Yudenkov (artistic gymnastics), won the right to participate in the Ukrainian national team at the World Championship in Stuttgart (Germany).
Today, more than 20 students-masters of sports of Ukraine, 3 masters of sports of international class are studying at the Educational and Research Institute of Physical Education and Sports, 2 honored coaches of Ukraine work; the Institute is headed by the Honored Worker of Physical Culture and Sports of Ukraine. They traditionally increase the authority of our Motherland in the world by their achievements.
Benefits of studying
The main advantages of studying at the State Institution “Luhansk Taras Shevchenko National University” are:
- almost 100 years of experience in training specialists in various industries in the east of Ukraine;
- recognition of the HEI as the leader of higher education and the leader of the international activities of Ukraine (2017, 2018, 2019);
- national status: diplomas are recognized on all continents;
- completeness of the multilevel education system. Specialists are trained in all educational, educational-scientific and scientific degrees: qualified worker – junior specialist – bachelor – master – Doctor of Philosophy – Doctor of Science;
- a modern and powerful educational, research and production complex, including 8 educational and scientific institutes and 3 faculties, 6 colleges, and the Regional Center for Vocational Education;
- member of the European Association of Universities; the only one in Ukraine that twice (2006, 2010) passed the external European assessment procedure and proved the right to be called a European university;
- modern material and technical base: computer classes, online equipment, Internet Radio, Internet TV Studio, own online platform for real-time learning “Electronic University”;
- comfortable dormitories equipped with new furniture and appliances;
- conditions for the development of all personality potentials: scientific (postgraduate school, doctoral studies, conferences, competitions of scientific works, scientific publications), physical (sports club), artistic and aesthetic (Center for Culture and Leisure), socially useful (volunteer teams);
- active and effective student self-government;
- international relations allowing students to:
- undergo foreign internship (Turkey, Greece, Thailand, Bulgaria, Georgia);
- receiving education according to the dual system;
- training under the “Double Degree” program;
- academic mobility (Ukraine, EU);
- carry out volunteer activities in international organizations on the territory of the Luhansk region;
- participate in international projects and grants;
- advantages of training at LTSNU:
1. fixed volumes of government orders;
2. a large number of budget places;
3. affordable tuition fees.
Luhansk Taras Shevchenko National University has gone through almost 100 years of development and existence, has become the center of education, science and culture not only in the Luhansk region, but also in the entire eastern region of Ukraine. The forced evacuation did not break the spirit of the teaching and student collective, but, on the contrary, hardened and made it more durable! Our university successfully continues its educational activities, continues to be the leader and the most powerful institution of higher education in the east of Ukraine!