Ukrainian Engineering Pedagogics Academy is a modern specialized educational and scientific center licensed and accredited by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine. The academy is widely known outside Ukraine, it is the member of the International Organization of Engineering Pedagogics (IGIP).
The history of the Academy began in 1958, and since it has invariably high level of training of specialists who on the basis of engineering knowledge and deep psychological-pedagogical training receive engineering and pedagogical specialties. It provides the graduates of the Academy with the chance to carry out important social, professional, production and technological activity on ensuring high level of training in the system of professional education: teachers, methodologists, masters of industrial training in professional vocational institutions (vocational schools, colleges, technical training colleges, lyceums and comprehensive schools) and highly skilled engineers for the industrial enterprises.
Today the Academy comprises more than 5 thousand students who study at 5 faculties of the Academy. Departments of the Academy provide training of students on the humanities, fundamental, general engineering and special disciplines. The Academy consists of: Educational Scientific Professional Pedagogics Institute situated in Bahmut city.
Educational system in the Academy carries out continuous multilevel training on educational and qualifying levels: Bachelor – Master.
Students of full and part time departments in the Academy have the possibility to receive the second specialty, and also a working profession. The system of scientific pedagogical personnel’s training which includes doctoral candidacy and postgraduate course operates effectively.
In the Academy there are scientific students’ organizations and circles of amateur performance which give the chance to realize hobbies and widen the scope of interests. Sports is an inseparable part of student's life.
Students who arrived for studies from different regions of Ukraine, as well as foreign students live in 3 hostels.
In Ukrainian Engineering Pedagogics Academy there are all conditions for development of scientific schools in the field of pedagogics and engineering psychology, there are also 4 specialized academic councils on defence of Ph.Dtheses. There is functioning center of training of the international teachers-engineers, the scientific and methodical center of engineering pedagogical education.
The library of the Academy has one of the largest in Kharkov funds of educational, educational and methodical, scientific and fiction literature (more than 900 thousand copies). There are 3 reading rooms in the library, 2 of which are situated in students’ hostels.
For the years of its existence Ukrainian Engineering Pedagogics Academy prepared more than 70 thousand of specialists working in Ukraine, CIS countries and other foreign countries. Graduates of the Academy at different times held executive posts, among them there were 2 ministers, 2 deputy ministers, about 3000 directors, leading specialists of industrial and scientific institutions, heads of educational institutions, public figures.
In 2000 the licensed Center of Training of Foreign Citizens started its work. The Center includes preparatory office which carries out foreign school leavers’ training. During one academic year (2 semester of training) students along with studying the Ukrainian (Russian) language, receive necessary knowledge of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and other fundamental sciences.
The Academy maintains numerous international relations in the field of training of engineering pedagogical personnel. The European Monitoring Committee of the International Organization of Engineering Pedagogics (IGIP) was created on the basis of the Academy. It provides the Academy with the opportunity to prepare European teachers. Nowadays more than 80 scientists of leading engineering educational establishments of Ukraine already received a title «ING-PAED IGIP».
Ukrainian Engineering Pedagogics Academy is one of founders of the Regional Center of Modular Principle of Working Professions’ Training on the International Labour Organization’s system (Geneva).
Kharkiv is a modern city with a 1.5 million population. It was founded in 1654, and is a large industrial, scientific, educational, commercial and transport center of Ukraine.
Amazing is the city in its beauty, monuments and architectural contrasts, with the marvelously interwoven past and present: the aristocratic manors of the nobility, Modern Era buildings, constructivist buildings of 1920s, Stalinist neoclassical structures form the unique architectural style of Kharkiv. The «Seven Wonders of Kharkiv» are the Monument to the Famous Ukrainian Poet Taras Shevchenko, the Mirror Stream fountain (the architectural landmark of the city), the Pokrovsky Cathedral of Kharkiv Pokrovsky Monastery, the Annunciation Cathedral, the Dormition Cathedral, the Derzhprom State Committee for Industrial Policy (Building of State Industry) and the residential building with a spire.
The main symbol of the city is Svobody Square, the largest square in Ukraine and Europe (22.5 thousand square meters), with Kharkiv Regional State Administration, V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Taras Shevchenko Garden and Derzhprom around it.
What makes the industrial giant of Kharkiv stand out is that it is very green. Kharkiv is located at the intersection of four rivers (Kharkiv, Lopan, Udy, Nemyshlia). There are 29 gardens and parks, 4 water parks, 92 garden squares, 5 quays and many other places for recreation in its territory. The gem of Kharkiv is Maxim Gorky Central Park for Culture and Recreation, one of the 15 best entertainment grounds in Europe, according to the famous travel portal Tripadvisor (2017 ranking).
Kharkiv is a multinational city: there are 50 national cultural associations there; it houses Catholic and Protestant churches, a synagogue, a mosque, prayer houses of many other religious denominations, schools with in-depth studies of the national cultures. It is worthy of note that in its long history Kharkiv has never witnessed national, racial or religious clashes of its citizens.
Today, Kharkiv remains stable and calm, with the national police ensuring safety and security in the city.
Kharkiv is a city with rich cultural traditions. It has six major theaters: M. Lysenko Academic Opera and Ballet Theater, T. Shevchenko Ukrainian Academic Drama Theater, A. Pushkin Russian Academic Drama Theater, the Musical Comedy Theater, the Theater for Children and Youth, the Doll Theater; 32 museums (Kharkiv Historical Museum, Kharkiv Art Museum, Interactive Old Circus Museum and other museums). There are musical institutions (a philharmonic, a hall of organ and chamber music) and more than 80 libraries in the city. In particular, the holdings of V. Korolenko State Scientific Library store more than 6.5 million books and editions, many of which are rare and unique.
The city often hosts festivals, contests, artistic events such as «The Night of Science», «The Night of Museums», the «Open Air Symphony Orchestra», the «City Picnic: Street Food Festival», the «Open Air Cinema» and many other events with free admission for everyone interested.
Quite extensive is the cinema network: eight movie theaters with different movie formats (2D, 3D, 4D, IMAX) supported. The average ticket price is $ 2.5-3.
Popular among the citizens and guests of the city are the Circus, the Zoo, the Dolphinarium, Feldman Ecopark.
Kharkiv is a sports city. You have all the conditions you need for going in for sports here — there are 19 stadiums, 850 sports grounds, 363 sports halls, 19 swimming pools, more than 40 tennis courts, and a golf club. The pride of Kharkiv is the football team «Metalist» and the volleyball team «Lokomotiv». The Karazin University is developing a modern sports infrastructure: the educational and sports complex «Karazinskyi», which combines 10 sports halls and a stadium, one of the best tennis centers in our country «Unicourt», and the sports halls of the Institute of High Technologies, the Main and Northern Buildings of the University.
The nightlife of Kharkiv is also bright and rich as the city has a lot of clubs, restaurants, bars, etc. Especially popular are the entertainment venues Misto, Panorama Lounge, Radmir, Arizona, and Bolero, which combine nightclubs, bars, karaoke, bowling and lounge areas.
The city has more than 20 shopping malls and entertainment centers. To name a few, the Karavan, Dafi and French Boulevard are shopping complexes with lots of stores, several large supermarkets (grocery, electronics and household appliances, as well as sports goods), cafes and restaurants. Entertainment there is ensured by movie theaters, complexes with an ice arena and children’s entertainment centers. The shopping and entertainment centers regularly hold various holidays, festivals, fairs, workshops, contests, special-offer and other events for citizens and guests of Kharkiv.
The city is divided into nine administrative districts (raions): Industrialnyi, Kyivskyi, Moskovskyi, Nemyshlianskyi, Novobavarskyi, Osnovianskyi, Slobidskyi, Kholodnohirskyi and Shevchenkivskyi. The nearest to the city center are Kyivskyi and Shevchenkivskyi raions.
Kharkiv has a very branched traffic infrastructure.
The air gate of the city is the international airport «Kharkiv», which provides international flights to Dortmund, Katowice, Vienna, Warsaw, Kutaisi, Milan, Minsk, Istanbul, Tel Aviv, Thessaloniki, Amman, Beirut, and so on, as well as internal ones flights to/from Kyiv, Lviv and Odesa. To get to the city from the airport, take:
- Trolleybus No. 5 — Airport—Universitetska, there is a transfer to Prospekt Haharina metro station
- Bus No. 115 — Airport — Prospekt Haharina metro station
- Bus No. 119 — Airport — Prospekt Peremohy, there is a transfer to Prospekt Haharina metro station
- Bus No. 152 — Airport — Mikroraion 552, there is a transfer to Akademika Barabashova metro station
- Bus No. 255 — Airport — Akademika Barabashova metro station
The fare is $ 0.24 on a bus, and $ 0.16 in the metro.
Traveling within the region and the country is ensured by the Southern Railway Station the passenger infrastructure of which consists of seven platforms maintaining intercity and international train routes (with 10 countries) and two suburban traffic platforms, and 5 bus terminals in different parts of the city.
Kharkiv Metro System consists of three-line underground railways (Kholodnohorsko-Zavodska, Saltivskaya and Oleksiivska) serving 29 stations connecting all the city districts.
Kharkiv Metro opens at 5:30 AM and closes at midnight. The interval between trains is 3-4 minutes during the rush hour, 8-12 minutes — in the afternoon, and you can wait for a train for 15 minutes and more if it is late in the evening. You should keep this in mind when making transfers to other lines.
It takes about 45 minutes to get from terminal to terminal of the longest Kholodnohorsko-Zavodska line. It takes 20-25 minutes on average to get from the terminal to the center. The fare is $ 0.16.
The fare does not depend on the number of stations or the number of transfers. To use the metro, you need to buy a one-time ticket or a replenishable electronic card in automatic machines (they are available at the entrance to each station).
There are 13 tram routes, 23 trolleybus routes, and 149 bus routes in the city.
A tram and trolleybus ticket costs $ 0.12, it can be purchased from the conductor in the tram and trolleybus. Even if you need to travel only one stop, be sure to buy a ticket and keep it until the end of your trip. Please note that in the absence of the ticket, you will be fined twenty times the cost of the travel.
The bus and route taxi fare is $ 0.2-0.32. The fare is paid to the driver. Ground transport starts to work at 5:00 AM, and finishes at 11:00 PM.
The fastest way to get to the right place is by taxi because the taxi service in Kharkiv is a huge branched network ready to attend to your order 24/7 on a decent level.
The minimum fare is $ 1, the city tariff is $ 0.12-0.24/km, and it is $ 0.32-0.4/km outside the city.
There are a lot of accommodation options available in Kharkiv — there are 87 hotels with 2,789 rooms, and 18 hostels in the city.
You can rent an apartment. The cost of renting varies depending on the proximity to the city center and the living conditions. In particular, renting a one-room apartment in different parts of the city costs:
Holodna Hora — $ 140–200 (20 minutes to get to the city center);
KhTZ — $ 100–180 (40-60 minutes to get to the city center);
Oleksiivka — $ 200–300 (5–7 minutes to get to the city center);
Pavlove Pole — $ 250–300 (5 minutes to get to the city center);
Saltivka — $ 180–200 (30-40 minutes to get to the city center).
There are a lot of food and beverage facilities in Kharkiv ranging from budget cafes to fashionable restaurants, which enables you to have a quick and inexpensive bite on your to university/work, and to have a substantial meal or to spend a good time in a cozy atmosphere.
Fast Food Cafes
Bufet is a network of pizzerias, popular with students for its democratic prices and delicious pizza. An average order costs $ 1–1.5. Kulinichi is a network of confectionery cafes offering a variety of products: sweet and meat pastries, beverages, coffee, sweets, breadstuffs, etc. There are cafes and kiosks selling pastries all over the city. An average order costs $ 0.4–1.
McDonalds is a fast-food facility, which has eight spots in Kharkiv. The cost of the order is $ 3.6. FreshLine is a network of sandwich bars (15 facilities in the city), many of which are open around the clock, so you can have a salmon sandwich snack or a hazelnut cappuccino here early in the morning, and when other cafes are peacefully asleep. And what is more, you can make up your own exclusive sandwich here. An average order costs $ 3-4.
Cafes / Restaurants
Kharkov has gastronomically very varied cuisines from all over the world:
— Mediterranean: Osteria il Tartufo, Pinocchio Osteria, Papa ROMA, Trattoria, and others; an average check value is $ 10–12;
— French: Paris, Amelie, Sharikoff, Chateau, and others; an average check value is $ 12–15;
— Georgian: Georgia, Khinkalnia, Genatsvale, Rioni, Shoti, and others; an average check value is $ 5–6;
— Japanese: Tanuki, Yakitoriya, Sushiya, Zlitaiuchyi Drakon, and others; an average check value is $ 8–10;
— other cuisines to explore.
You can get acquainted with Ukrainian cuisine and coloring in such cafes and restaurants as Puzata Khata, Ukrainska Sadyba, Sloboda, Panske Selo, Hetman, and others. An average check value is $ 6–7.
Ukraine is one of the largest countries in Europe. It has its own original culture, rich traditions and unique nature, its history going back over 1,500 years. The country is located in the south-eastern part of Europe, has a common land border with Belarus in the north, Poland in the west, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Moldova in the south-west, and Russia in the east. The south of Ukraine is washed by the Black and Azov Seas.
The national symbols of Ukraine are the State Emblem, the State Flag, the National Anthem, and its folk symbols include a rushnyk (an embroidered or woven towel), a pysanka (an Easter egg decorated with traditional folk designs), a vyshyvanka (an embroidered shirt), which are symbols-charms of the Ukrainian people.
Ukraine is a multinational state and a home for 134 national minorities, Catholic and Protestant churches, a synagogue, a mosque, prayer houses of many other religious denominations, schools with in-depth studies of the national cultures, etc.
The total population of Ukraine is about 43 million people. Approximately 78% of its population are Ukrainians. In addition, Russians, Belarusians, Crimean Tatars, Jews, Moldavians, Poles, Hungarians, Romanians, Greeks, Germans, Bulgarians and other nationalities live in Ukraine. Ukraine is a home to people of different nationalities. Any citizen of any nationality feels free here. Ukrainians are worldwide famous for their benevolent attitude towards other nations, their loyalty and high international tolerance.
The official language is Ukrainian. Most Ukrainians speak Russian. In some regions local population speak the language of other nations (Hungarian, Romanian, Polish, Tatar, etc.).
Most of the population of Ukraine are Christians, majority of them are Orthodox. Ukrainian society is very loyal to people of other religions.
The national currency in Ukraine is hryvnia (UAH). Hard currency can be exchanged for hryvnia at almost any bank branch, as well as at specialized currency exchange offices.
Climate in Ukraine is temperate continental with distinct seasons. The average temperature in summer is between +19 and + 23 C, average winter temperature is – 7 C and below.
Ukraine is in UTC + 2 time zone (Kyiv time).
Ukraine has a large and ever-growing Internet sector. The cost of broadband subscription in Ukraine is moderate. Large cities have many areas with Wi-Fi coverage – public places including cafes, restaurants, schools etc.
Ukraine’s nature is rich and diverse. Owing to its geographical location and mild climate Ukraine has extensive steppes and dense forests, gentle seas and majestic mountains, wild rivers and quiet lakes.
On top of that, through its glorious millennial history Ukraine boasts numerous attraction sites from ancient churches and cathedrals to medieval palaces and fortresses. More than 150 thousand historic, cultural and architectural landmarks reflect the history of the Ukrainian people.
Each tourist can choose an optimal route according to own interests: natural reserves, historic sites and museums, modern city, getaways in the mountains or at the seaside, and even a gastronomic tour of Ukraine since Ukrainian cuisine is one of the most delicious in the world.
Since 2014 Ukraine is actively moving towards European integration. An Association Agreement with the EU was signed by the Ukrainian government, numerous reforms are currently implemented. Ukrainians are enthusiastic about living in Europe and share European values.
The country is actively developing and moving forward. One can say with confidence that Ukraine is the youth of modern Europe.