Ukraine is a 4th educated nation in the world: 99.4% of Ukrainians aged 15 and over can read and write. 70% of adult Ukrainians have a secondary or higher education. Ukraine has about 150 colleges and universities, of which the most important are at Kiev, Lviv, and Kharkiv.
The first university in Eastern Europe (1576) The National University of Ostroh Academy is the successor of Ostroh Slavic, Greek and Latin Academy, the first higher educational establishment of the Eastern Slavs. It was founded in 1576 by Prince Vasyl-Kostiantyn of Ostroh. Among the graduates of the Academy were such famous political, cultural and church figures as Hetman Petro Konashevych-Sahaidachnyi, brothers Demian and Severyn Nalyvaiko, Meletii Smotrytskyi, Iov Boretskyi, Zakharia Kopystenskyi and Yelysei Pletynetskyi. Herasym Smotrytskyi was its first rector.
The Ukrainian language took the second place in the world on melodic criteria after Italian. Also, it was ranked as the third most beautiful language in the world on the following criteria: phonetics, lexicon, phraseology and sentences structure after French and Persian languages at the linguistic contest which was held in Paris in 1934.
The most frequently used letter of Ukrainian alphabet is “п” (p). Three letters – “ф” (f), “ї” (ji) and “ґ”(g) are the least used. The “f” is interesting – the nation started using it not long ago, and only Ukrainian words of foreign origin contain it.
An expression puzzling all foreign is “Ta ni”, literary translated as “ yes no”. Usually it is used as an objection to someone’s expression and actually means no.
-Is it far from here?
-Ta ni, it takes just 10 min to walk there.
People in Ukraine are friendly, hospitable, well-educated, kind-hearted and hard-working individuals, many of them have brought significant contribution to the world many different fields, these may include athletics, art, theatre, literature, business.
The first Ukrainian woman known in the world was Olga, the wife of Prince Igor, who came to power after his death. It was a strange and exceptional event for that time: a woman governed the huge state since 944 till 969; this fact demonstrates her talent and iron will. She was a wise politician and experienced leader of the state. She was good at governing her lands – she established the new laws and founded the new cities.
Another Ukrainian woman, became the ruler of the Ottoman Empire – Hürrem (Roxolana) or Lisovska Anastasia, the wife of Suleiman II, mother of Suleiman III. She was one of the most powerful and influential women in Ottoman history and a prominent figure during the era known as the Sultanate of Women.
The city of Berdychiv in central Ukraine’s Zhytomyr Region is known for its rich sacred heritage. The Zhytomyr Region, in particular Berdychiv, played an important role in the life of classical French author Honore de Balzac. He married Ewelina Hanska at the Church of St. Barbara. On 2 March 1850 in the Church of St. Barbara, Abbot Wiktor Ozarowski blessed the marriage of de Balzac.. The Radziwills paid for an organ to be installed in the church on which, according to tradition, composer Frederic Chopin played.