The long and rich by events 1500-year history of Kyiv-city attracts annually millions of tourists from over the world. Green hills of the central part of Kyiv and situated beneath the ancient Podil have many tiny and interesting places with historical buildings, monuments, churches, cathedrals to visit. Dnipro river divides Kyiv into two parts and picturesque banks of Dnipro invite you to have a rest, to swim and relax in summer.

The four legendary founders of the city were brothers Kyi, Shchek, Khoryv, and sister Lybid founded the city in the 5th century A.D. and the name Kyiv derived from the name of the oldest brother Kyi. Kyiv was the capital of Kyivan Rus and the largest city in Europe of the 11th century: 50 times more than London and 10 times more than Paris! It reached the height of its prominence under the rule of Yaroslav the Wise (1010-1054 AD), who had family connections to the royal houses of France, Norway, Hungary, and Poland.

The most famous historical architecture complexes are the St. Sophia Cathedral, where the princes of Kyiv were crowned in the years of Kyiv’s grandeur, and the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra (Monastery of the Caves), has two 11th-century cathedrals on its grounds, in addition to its world-famous catacombs, which are recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.  It is the most visited museum in Kyiv – Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, more than a million tourists a year. Also of interest are the ruins of the 11th-century Golden Gate, once the main entrance to the city.

Some interesting facts about the modern Kyiv you can read below.

  • Today it occupies the 6th place in Europe in terms of population. It was exactly 2,887,974 in July 2015.
  • Khreshchatyk street  is the shortest main street of the world. It is the heart of Kyiv and open for only pedestrian over weekend. Live music, food stalls, events, and concerts attract many tourists.
  • Visit Arsenalna Metro Station  opened in 1960, it’s still the deepest metro station in the world. The Zoloti Vorota Station features 80 distinct mosaic pieces and images depicting the history of Kyivan Rus. The station is regarded as one of the most impressive metro stations in Europe.
  • Motherland Statue in Kyiv is in the list of the hugest constructions in the world higher than the Statue of Liberty! The Soviet Communist party leader L. Brezhnev during a visit to Kyiv noticed while passing by Kyiv hills that only church domes are well seen but no monument of a social epoch. Today the monument represents a female figure which holds a 16 meters sword of 9 tones one hand and a shield of 13 tones in another hand.  The weight of the total construction is 450 tones.
  • The town of Pripyat about 100 km (60 miles) north of the city was the site of the Chernobyl disaster, which occurred on April 26, 1986 when a nuclear plant exploded. If you plan to visit Ukraine or are already in the country, don’t miss the most important and unique experience.

Kyiv is an important industrial, scientific, educational and cultural center of Eastern Europe. It is home to many high-tech industries, higher education institutions, and world-famous historical landmarks.

It is also a research and educational center of chemistry science. A lot of high educational institutions are located here as well as research institutes affiliated with the National Academy of Science of Ukraine. The total number of institutions of higher education in Kyiv currently approaches 200, allowing young people to pursue almost any line of study. Kyiv’s  major universities are Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University, the I. Sikorsky National Technical University “Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”Kyiv-Mohyla Academy training specialists of chemistry-oriented specialties. 10 research institutes of Chemistry Department of National Academy of Science of Ukraine are located here.

The former Kyiv Polytechnic Institute officially named today National Technical University of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”. As one of the oldest educational institutions in Ukraine, it was opened in 1898. D.I. Mendeleyev was the first head of the Chemical Technology Faculty State Examination Board in 1903. Many famous chemists and engineers graduated KPI since 1903. According to the order of Ministry of Education and Science (17.08.2016, №992), the National Technical University of Ukraine “Kyiv Polytechnic Institute” bears the name of the former student and later outstanding aircraft designer of XX century Igor Sikorsky. Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute is located in a beautiful old park near the castle-like old institutional buildings (see photos below).

The University has 18 faculties, 9 educational and several research institutes and centers. The training of bachelors, specialists and masters, candidates and doctors of sciences is carried out in the University.

Chemical Technology Faculty was founded together with Polytechnic Institute in 1898. From the beginning, the team of teachers and researchers preserves and continues the best traditions of teaching experience and creative scientific thinking. More than 10 thousands of students have been graduated from the faculty. Nowadays they are managers of enterprises and the whole industrial spheres, outstanding scientists, statesmen, candidates (about 1000) and Doctors of Science( more than 300), academicians and associate members of the Academy of Science  more than 20).

Departments of the Chemical-Technology Faculty

The training of specialists in chemistry-oriented disciplines is also realized in Chemical Engineering Faculty. Biotechnology and Biotechniques Faculty can be  mentioned too.