V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University is among the oldest and most widely recognized universities of Eastern Europe. The University is a self-governing (autonomous) national higher educational establishment.
The University Charter and the Statute of Kharkiv University were signed on November 17, 1804. The inauguration of the University took place on January 29, 1805. Founded on the initiative and efforts of the prominent educator V. N. Karazin, for over 200 years the University has embodied the human endeavor to reach the peaks of knowledge and science. In the early 19th century the University became the cradle of Ukrainian national rebirth, it played the leading role in the formation and development of contemporary modern Ukrainian culture and in transforming Kharkiv into a leading intellectual, industrial and cultural center.
The names of many world famous researchers are associated with the history of Kharkiv University, among them are: three Nobel laureates I. Mechnykov (psychology and medicine), L. Landau (physics), S. Kuznets (econimics), Field Medal Winner - V. Drinfeld, many other outstanding scholars and educators. The University was the forefather of over 20 higher educational establishments in Kharkiv and other Ukrainian cities, it has pioneered the formation of numerous top-priority branches of science and trained over 150000 highly skilled specialists.
The University today is a leading, powerful center of education and science. It includes 20 Schools and 127 Departments, Research Institutes of Chemistry, Biology, Astronomy, Astronomical Observatory, Regional Studies Center, M. Drinov Center for Bulgarian and Balkan Studies Center, Confucios Institute, Botanical Garden, Museums, Central Scientific Library.
There are more than 15 thousand students studying in the University, including 2,000 foreign students from 60 countries of the world, about 500 postgraduates and senior doctorate level applications. The University employs 1,5 thousand instructors and researchers among which there are 370 Doctors of Science, Full Professors and 1000 Candidates of Science, Associate Professors. University has 20 worldwide famous scientific schools and 25 Specialized Board for Conferring Research Degrees.
V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University has long-standing traditions of international cooperation. In the in the city of Bologna (Italy) the University was the one of the first to sign the Magna Charts Universitatum, was one of the founders of the Eurasian University Association, actively participates in the World and European University Associations. The University is engaged in large-scale educational, scientific, cultural cooperation with over 145 universities and other organizations in foreign countries on all the continents.