Ukrainian Free University of Munich

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Ukrainian Free University of Munich
- Український вільний університет -
founding January 17, 1921
Sponsorship Private
place Munich
state Bavaria
country Germany
Rector Marija Pryschljak
Students 210 Status: WS 2015/16

The Ukrainian Free University (UFU, Universitas Libera Ucrainensis; Ukrainian Український вільний університет ) is a private university in exile that was founded in Vienna on January 17, 1921 and has been based in Munich since 1945 . Since 1978 the UFU has been a university with the right to award doctorates and habilitation.


Founded until 1945

Shortly after it was founded in Vienna in 1921, the Ukrainian Free University was relocated to Prague in autumn 1921 , the capital of the then still young Czechoslovakia . The initiative to found a private university outside the borders of Ukraine came from Ukrainian professors, writers, journalists and students who were citizens of Austria-Hungary and Russia . After the First World War and the failed Ukrainian liberation efforts, they emigrated . The author of the founding idea and the first rector of the university was the literary scholar and linguist Oleksandr Kolessa .

In Prague, the Czechoslovak government under President Masaryk made space available for the university and provided financial support. At that time there were numerous Ukrainian professors and young students living in Prague who contributed to the development of the university.

The university initially had only two faculties - the philosophical and the law -, social and economic sciences . The college of professors was made up of prominent scholars whose chairs and teaching authorization had been withdrawn in Ukraine. Among them were well-known names such as Dmytro Antonowytsch , Leonid Bilezkyj , Johann Horbaczewski , Stanislav Dnistrajanskyj , Dmytro Doroshenko , Oleksandr Kolessa, Stepan Rudnyzkyj , Volodymyr Starosolskyj , Stepan Smal-Stozkyj , Andrij Jakowliw and Serhichinh . Over 700 students registered in the first semester. During its existence in Prague, the university developed lively educational, scientific, research and publishing activities, which became known both within Czechoslovakia and beyond its borders.

Modern times after 1945

After the end of the Second World War , most professors and students were forced to leave Prague and move to Bavaria . In Munich , in autumn 1945, the third section (after Vienna and Prague) in the history of the Free Ukrainian University began. The new beginning in Munich was tedious, as you had to rely exclusively on your own resources. In 1947, however, the number of university teachers at both faculties together reached 80.

The university received the recognition of the Bavarian state government and the right to doctorate and habilitation .

In the Bavarian Higher Education Act of June 28, 1978, the UFU was additionally granted the right to award the academic degrees Magister , Doctor and habilitated doctor in a separate amendment to the law . The Ministry of Ukraine has recognized the diplomas of the Ukrainian Free University since November 12, 1992 .

status quo

Today the university only accepts non-German students with sufficient knowledge of Ukrainian and German for a tuition fee of 600 euros per semester. Germans are admitted as guest auditors. In 2007, 149 students were enrolled. The Bavarian State Government supports the UFU with 25,000 euros a year - previously the funding was around 125,000 euros. After the reunification of Germany, the federal government withdrew from funding.

The Ukrainian Free University is headed by a woman: Marija Pryschljak ( Марія Пришляк ) was elected as rector for the term of office from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2023 . The university's chancellor is Yevhenija Kiser ( Євгенія Кізер ).

The university is divided into three subject areas:

  • Faculty of Political and Economic Sciences (Dean: Myroslaw Kyj ( Мирослав Кий )),
  • Faculty of Ukrainian Studies (Dean: Tamara Hundorowa ( Тамара Гундорова )),
  • Philosophical Faculty (Dean: Laryssa Didkowska ( Лариса Дідковська )).

Belong to the university

  • the Scientific Research Institute for the Study of German-Ukrainian Relations and
  • the Institute for Social Market Economy in Ukraine (Head: Hansjürgen Doss and Peter Spary ).

The library , which comprises around 48,000 volumes, is considered the largest Ukrainian special library in Western Europe.

The university is now located in Munich-Nymphenburg (Barellistr. 9a). From 1945 to 2008 it was located in an old villa at Pienzenauerstraße 15; From 1900 this house was the residence of the intellectual family Hallgarten .


Well-known professors and graduates

See also

Web links

Commons : Ukrainian Free University  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Ordinance of the Bavarian State Ministry for Education and Culture No. XI 60710 of September 16, 1950
  2. cf. Today Art. 103, Para. 3 Bavarian Higher Education Act,
  3. On the historical development see in detail Szafowal, Nicolas: Geschichtlicher overview and the question of the beginnings, in: Patzke, Una, Szafowal, Mykola, Yaremko, Roman (ed.): Universitas Libera Ucrainensis: 1921 - 2011, Munich 2011, p. 41–81, ( Memento from September 3, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  4. ^ Entry on the Ukrainian Free University in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine ; accessed on August 29, 2019
  5. The Ukrainian Free University is looking forward to its 80th anniversary on (Ukrainian)

Coordinates: 48 ° 9 ′ 49 ″  N , 11 ° 30 ′ 34 ″  E