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K.D. Ushynsky South Ukrainian National Pedagogical University


About University


South Ukrainian National Pedagogical University named after K. D. Ushinsky is a public university in the large city of Odesa. Founded in 1817, SUNPU is one of the oldest educational institutions in Ukraine and the first teaching one on the northern Black Sea coast.

South Ukrainian National Pedagogical University named after K. D. Ushinsky was established as Pedagogical Institute at Richelieu Lyceum in Odesa on 2 May 1817. It is regarded as one of the oldest & most influential pedagogical universities in Ukraine.

Currently, the University is a flagship teacher training university of the southern region of Ukraine with 17 acknowledged scholar schools, 62 specialties for undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral training programs at 10 faculties, 4 divisions, and one institute. Within the period of its existence, more than 100,000 students have graduated from the University and have been employed at the educational institutions of Ukraine; more than 30 graduates have worked abroad.  

At present, there are 12 academicians, almost 70 Doctors of Sciences, and professors; 18 lecturers and educators hold the titles of Honorary Workers of Science, Education, Arts, and Sports; they are laureates of state prizes. A great number of scientists have received international awards; they are members of various national and international academies, communities, and associations.   

International Cooperation


South Ukrainian National Pedagogical University named after K. D. Ushynsky is a member of the International Association of Universities, East European Association of Universities, Association of European Universities, International Association of Pedagogical Universities of Central and Eastern Europe, Swedish National Scientific Association, AGEC – “European Association of Choral Communities for Public Activity”, European Council’s Higher Education and Research Committee (Strasburg), Norwegian-Ukrainian University Alliance, a well-known European organization “Observatory of the Magna Charta”. The university collaborates with more than 100 Ukrainian educational institutions and numerous universities in Europe, Asia, and America.  

The University is well-known far beyond the country; it collaborates with educational and research institutions in various countries. There is an International Distance Learning Centre, which is the only one in the south of Ukraine; educational research, information, and cultural centers of Israel, Turkey, the USA, Lithuania, People’s Republic of China (Confucius Institute). Lecturers and students participate in more than 30 international projects. The University is a coordinator of project studies according to international programs TEMPUS, Visegrad Fund, Fund “Ukraine-Norway”, etc.



According to the SCOPUS database, the University ranks 1st among the pedagogical universities of Ukraine.

The University collaborates with 80 educational and scientific institutions around the world, which makes it an influential university not just in Ukraine but all over Europe.

There is an International Centre for Distance Learning functioning in association with the University; educational scientific information and cultural offices of the State of Israel, the US, Lithuania, China, and Korea develop their work under the support of the University. The establishment is a coordinator of project studies by international programs Tempus, Vyshehrad Fund, the “Ukraine-Norway“ Fund, and others).

The University is constantly developing. In recent years there was a significant increase in the number of majors and specializations of training graduate, postgraduate and doctoral students. The University has an extensive system of material resources for providing educational processes and scientific work. Thus, a modern scientific library was put into operation.

The University provides all necessary conditions for artistic, creative and sports activities of its students who can participate in forty sections and hobby groups.

Significant sporting achievements of the University students and graduates of different years are represented with twenty-five Olympic champions, eighty-three winners of world and European championships, twenty-eight honored coaches and masters of sports of Ukraine.

Amateur creative collectives take part in many prestigious competitions and festivals in Ukraine, Poland, the Czech Republic, China, the United States, and other countries where they annually win prizes and get the Grand Prix.

Currently, according to different ratings, the University is among the leaders of pedagogical and humanities universities and is presented with high awards, namely those of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, and others.



South Ukrainian National Pedagogical University named after K. D. Ushynsky consists of 8 faculties.

  • The Faculty Of Primary Education
  • The Faculty Of Arts And Graphics
  • The Faculty Of Music And Choreography
  • The Faculty Of Physics And Mathematics
  • The Institute Of Postgraduate Education And Certification
  • The Institute Of Physical Education, Sports, And Rehabilitation
  • The Faculty Of History And Philology
  • The Faculty Of Foreign Languages
  • The Faculty Of Preschool Pedagogy And Psychology
  • The Faculty Of Social Studies And Humanities
  • Medical Faculty


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