Chernivtsi is an outstanding city of Western Ukraine, political and economical centre of Northern Bukovyna. The city is also considered one of the greatest cultural and educational centres of Ukraine. Chernivtsi region borders on Ivano-Frankivsk, Ternopil, Khmelnytsky and Vinnytsa regions of Ukraine, Romania and the Republic of Moldova.
Due to its geographical location and natural resources, the city was a constant attraction for foreigners. Today population includes Ukrainians, Russians, Romanians, Moldavians, Jews, and Poles. A lot of students, who study at CHNU, represent different parts of the world and contribute to the cultural and every-day life of the city.
Local and visiting celebrities - classical poets, monarchs and stage stars - in a fit of admiration called it a "small Vienna", located halfway between Paris and Istanbul. That was a hint to a unique combination of European intellectuality and Eastern mysteriousness of the city.
Сhernivtsi - the city of old traditions combined with innovations
More than 600 years of history have created a dynamic and business-like spirit which fills the city. Chernivtsi has unforgettable architecture, exquisite art; it combines the elements of the culture of various nationalities and is famous for the warm hospitality of its inhabitants.
A material incarnation of the idea of multiculturalism and a glaring mosaic of different religions is realized in the downtown architectural complex, which endured until today, where Orthodox and Greek-Catholic churches, Catholic kostels, Lutheran kirks, Jewish synagogues of different directions and Armenian temples could peacefully coexist. Each of these memorials is in itself a symbol of a dialogue and cooperation between cultures and people.
Chernivtsi of today is a place where the past meets the future. The city`s old part is compact and charming. Visitors of the city stroll through beautiful parks, feel inspiring atmosphere and beauty of the former Bukovinian Archbishop's Residence, now - Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University, relax in the hotels, visit the performances in the Drama Theatre, considered to be one of the most beautiful in Europe.
While visiting Chernivtsi you will discover the spirit of ancient Bukovyna, legends of the Carpathian Mountains that are hidden in every corner of its ancient buildings. You will feel this atmosphere in the eyes of local citizens, who are devoted fans of their beloved city - the best one in the whole world.
Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University
Chernivtsi National University was founded on October 4, 1875 by decree Franz Josef, Emperor of Austro-Hungary.
In the beginning there were colleges of theology, philosophy and law. K.Tomashchuk, a renowned scientist and public figure, became the first rector of the University. The scientists of European and world fame taught and conducted their research at the University: economist J.Schumpeter, lawyer G.Gross, historian R.Kaindl, Slavic scholars O.Kaluzhnatskyi and S. Smal'-Stots'kyi and composer and writer S.Vorobkevych, among others.
After the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1918 and annexation of Northern Bukovina by the Romanian kingdom, until 1940 the university was one of the Romanian higher educational institutions.
In 1940, after the reunification of Northern Bukovina with Ukraine, the University was reorganized into a state higher educational institution with the instruction in Ukrainian. In 1989 Chernivtsi National University was named after Yuriy Fedkovych, the well-known writer of Bukovina, herald of Ukrainian national Renaissance.
Chernivtsi National University has 14 buildings, the Botanical Gardens, Museums, Publishing House, and Library with over 2.5 million books.
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