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ENIC UKRAINE
National Information Centre
of Academic Mobility

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ELEMENTARY SECONDARY EDUCATION

Elementary secondary education is the initial stage in the child’s intellectual, physical, and social development. In the elementary school, children acquire their first life experience – the ability to study and behave in specific social and natural environments.

Duration. In Ukraine, elementary schooling takes four years. Children who have reached the age of six by September 1 and have no contraindications against systematic study according to the results of medical and psychological examinations are eligible for elementary school.

Educational institutions. Children acquire an elementary education in general educational institutions of the 1st accreditation level that operate independently or as part of general educational institutions of the 1st-2nd  and 1st-3rd accreditation levels.

Prior to the secondary school, every child is required to acquire a basic preschool education in a pre-school educational institution, courses organized within a school, or in the family.

Knowledge assessment. Teachers measure the knowledge of the first-year pupils verbally in an informal manner. But starting from the next year and on, their knowledge will be measured on a 12-point scale, with marks ranging from 1 to 12 awarded.

In view of the applicable sanitary and hygienic regulations, a class hour in an elementary school takes 35 minutes in the first year, and 40 minutes in the second through four years. An elementary school operates five days a week. However, specialized schools with intensive foreign language classes for younger children may have a 6-day academic week.

The general principles of elementary education are reflected in the basic curriculum of elementary education.

Curriculum. Proceeding from the basic curriculum, the Ministry of Education and Science, Youth and Sports of Ukraine develops standard curricula for general educational institutions. In the standard curricula, the content of the fields of study is presented in the form of school subjects and courses of the invariable component. Based on the standard curricula, educational institutions prepare working curricula on an annual basis in which they concretize the variable component of elementary education, taking into account the organizational specifics of the academic process.

Graduation. The fourth year is the graduation year in the elementary school. It ends in state examinations to measure the educational achievements of the graduates, most often in the Ukrainian language or language of study, reading and mathematics. The content, forms, procedure, and schedule of such annual examinations are determined on an annual basis and approved by the Ministry of Education and Science, Youth and Sports of Ukraine.

The educational results of the elementary school are:

  • full-fledged verbal, reading, computational skills and physical abilities;
  • general view of the real world;
  • sufficiently developed thinking, imagination, memory, and sensor abilities;
  • creative ability;
  • attitude to work, art, and health as values; and
  • ability to perform simple creative tasks.

ENIC-NARIC NETWORK

The ENIC-NARIC Network is a network of national information centers of academic recognition and mobility (ENIC Network). It was established in 1994 by the Council of Europe and UNESCO for creating and adopting a single European diploma and qualification recognition policy and practice.

The ENIC Network works in close cooperation with the network of national recognition information centers of the European Union (NARIC Network) whose operation is supported by the European Commission in the person of the Director General for Education and Culture.

Additional information is available on the indicated website.

Structure and Tasks
The ENIC information network consists of national information centers of the countries-signatories of the European Cultural Convention and countries within the European region of UNESCO. An ENIC center is an organization created by the national government of each country.

Such centers in different countries may differ in terms of size or competence, but they are required to provide information regarding the following issues:

  • recognition of foreign diplomas, academic degrees, and qualifications;
  • the education system in the country and other countries;
  • and the possibility to obtain an education abroad, as well as other practical issues regarding mobility and recognition.

 The potential clients of ENIC-NARIC are:

  • students and their parents;
  • employers;
  • educational institutions;
  • representatives of ministries dealing with higher education issues;
  • and other concerned persons and organizations.

Students contemplating studying abroad are strongly advised to find the necessary information before they make their final decision to make sure that the diploma/qualification they will obtain will be recognized in their home country.

The ENIC Network representatives convene annually for a general meeting to discuss academic recognition and mobility issues. In the periods between such meetings, working groups work on specific problems. The ENIC Network plays an important role in the exchange of education-related information among national centers, which helps in resolving issues associated with the recognition of education-confirming documents. 
The ENIC Network board convenes 2-3 times a year.

Activities of Working Groups
Current policy and information activity issues within the ENIC Network are addressed by the working groups, which later present their positions on the issues before annual meetings of the Network. The subjects falling within the purview of the working groups include:

  • recognition problems in the Bologna Process;
  • translational education;
  • Diploma Supplement;
  • evaluation criteria and procedures for foreign qualifications and periods of studing;
  • qualifications for international access to education, Europe-USA;
  • mutual recognition of qualifications; and
  • electronic recognition information.

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NATIONAL INFORMATION CENTER OF ACADEMIC MOBILITY

The National Information Center of Academic Mobility was established in 2011 by Resolution No 924 of the Cabinet of Ministers, dated August 31, 2011. The functions of the National Information Center of Academic Mobility are now delegated to the State Enterprise Information and Image Center of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.

The central tasks of the Center are to:

  • ensure free access of concerned bodies and the countries-signatories of the Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region to information regarding the specifics of the national system of education integration into the European academic environment;
  • provide citizens and concerned bodies with information and explanations as regards academic mobility and recognition of documents confirming education;
  • verify the authenticity of documents confirming education issued by educational institutions in Ukraine and other countries;
  • organize expert examinations to establish equivalency of qualifications awarded in accordance with education confirming documents issued by educational institutions in other countries;
  • take part in the preparation of drafts of bilateral and/or multilateral inter-governmental qualification recognition agreements;
  • carry out measures to promote on foreign markets the academic services provided by Ukrainian educational institutions, specifically to persuade foreign citizens to come to Ukraine for a higher education;
  • take part in international exchange programs for pupils, students, and postgraduates;
  • provide organizational support for study, internship, or professional advancement of the Ukrainian citizens in the educational institutions of other countries.

Apart from these tasks, the Center acts on behalf of Ukraine within the operational framework of the international network of European national information centers for academic recognition and mobility (hereinafter referred as the information network), in particular:

  • implementing the “single window” principle in practice to provide information about national education legislation, qualification-awarding procedure, accreditation status of Ukrainian educational institutions, licensing of academic services, issuance of education-confirming documents and confirmation of their authenticity;
  • performing real-time information exchange within the information network to ensure the effective operation of the recognition mechanism of education-confirming documents issued in Ukraine and other Convention signatory countries;
  • taking part in information and research programs, workshops and other events held within the information network, considering the introduction of the latest academic mobility standards developed by Convention signatory countries.

This website offers information about the education system in Ukraine: its structure, knowledge assessment system, licensing and accreditation of local institutions of higher learning, and the regulatory framework governing the education sector. The website also has a list of Ukrainian institutions of higher learning and specimens of Ukrainian education confirming documents of various times on display.

 We will be glad to answer any questions you may have about the education system in Ukraine.