More about Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv

Known as KNU, the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv was established in 1834 in the Ukrainian Capital of Kiev. It is the country’s third oldest university and although it was founded as the Kiev Imperial University of Saint Vladimir, it was renamed in 1939 after Taras Shevchenko, a Ukrainian poet and political figure who is considered a founder of modern Ukrainian literature as well as speaking out against the Russian rule of Ukraine.

The university is comprised of 13 faculties, eight institutes, one research centre and two colleges.

The KNU university buildings are mostly located in the centre of Kyiv, and there are some that are particularly interesting because of the unique architecture. For example, the Red University Building is the principal university building and is a national symbol of Ukraine’s higher education system. The building houses an large enclosed courtyard, and behind the building is the university’s A.V. Fomin Botanical Garden, home to the world’s tallest greenhouse.

Other notable buildings include the Yellow Building, which houses the KNU Humanities department, and the Maksymovych Library which is the largest research library in the country.

The university boasts some incredible international relations and has bilateral partnership agreements with about 230 educational and scientific institutions across the world.

KNU students benefit from a large campus with contemporary accommodation, sports facilities, cafeterias, computer facilities and even a health spa.

In its long history KNU has had some notable former students, including Ukranian president Petro Poroshenko, former United Nations president Hennadiy Udovenko and world-renowned boxing brothers Wladimir and Vitaly Klitschko.

Key statistics

  • 20,759
    Number of Students
  • 8.2
    Student to Staff Ratio
  • 3%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 60 : 40
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
Collected during World University Rankings on 28th Sep 2016

Subjects offered at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv

Where we are


Volodymyrska Street 60