Our university is one of the youngest in Ukraine. It occupies the geographic location where Mykolaiv port craft school was formed by the Decree of the Emperor in 1862. Since those times there have been educational institutions of various types.
The Renaissance of Petro Mohyla University is the Renaissance of Ukrainian culture. On October 15, 1615, Kyiv noble, Halshka Hulevychivna, presented her mansion in Podil, Kyiv to the Ukrainian brotherhood to found a monastery, a hospital, and a school. Since then, this date has been celebrated as the day when Kyiv-Mohyla Academy was established.
Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, the first university in Eastern Europe, was founded by St. Peter Mohyla, a prominent figure of the Orthodox Church and reformer of education. Petro Mohyla (1596-1647), one of the founders of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, was a prominent religious, cultural, and educational activist. During Renaissance times he formed the citizenship status of national languages and strived for Ukrainian education to become equal with the European level. Above all else, Petro Mohyla’s educational activity was aimed at raising national consciousness. The educational institution received the status of Academy in 1658. Since then, this institution has educated many prominent figures of Ukrainian science, culture, and religion.