Cooperation between Ukraine and the People’s Republic of China in the field of education is one of the main priorities of bilateral relations. The primary mechanism for its implementation on governmental level is the Subcommission on cooperation in the field of education established in 2011 in the framework of the Commission on Cooperation between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of China.
The First meeting of the Subcomission was held on 28 March 2012 in Sanya, Hainan province, China. During the meeting, the Plan of priority measures for the development of Ukraine-China cooperation in the field of education for 2012-2014 was approved. The parties also signed the updated agreement on cooperation in the field of education that increased the number of state scholarships from 25 to 100.
The Forum of Rectors of Ukrainian and Chinese Universities was also held on 28 March 2012. Leaders of 19 Ukrainian and 14 Chinese universities from different regions of both countries attended this event. The issues of development of interuniversity cooperation, harmonization of bachelor's and master's programs, introduction of English-language master's programs in higher educational institutions of both countries were discussed.
The Second meeting of the Subcommission, chaired by the Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine L.Hrynevych and Minister of Education of China Chen Baosheng, was held on 23 June 2017 in Kyiv. The parties agreed to increase the number of state scholarships from 100 to 120, to develop Ukrainian and Chinese language competitions in both countries and to promote the development of Ukrainian language and culture centers in China and Chinese language and culture centers in Ukraine.
The Second Forum of Rectors was also held on 23 June 2017. Representatives of 14 Chinese and 26 Ukrainian universities participated it. During the Forum, 7 direct agreements on interuniversity cooperation in the field of education and science were concluded.
In December 2017, the Agreement on cooperation in the field of education between the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine and the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China for the next five years was signed.
The Third meeting of the Subcommission, chaired by Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine R.Hreba and Deputy Minister of Education of China Sun Yao was held on 12 June 2019 in Nanchang, Jiangxi province, China. Following the meeting, the Action Plan of the Subcommission on cooperation in the field of education for 2019-2021 was approved (the document identifies priority areas for bilateral educational cooperation for both countries) as well as a number of cooperation agreements between Ukrainian and Chinese universities were concluded. The next meeting of the Subcommission is scheduled for 2021.
Within the framework of the Subcomission, the Third Forum of Rectors with the participation of 12 universities from Ukraine and 20 universities from China took place.
Nowadays Ukraine and the PRC hold a high level of educational cooperation. Particularly, in 2020 more than 2,000 Ukrainian students have been studying in China and more than 3,000 Chinese students have been studying in Ukraine.
There are Centers of Ukrainian studies founded in the Universities of Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Dalian, Wuhan, Xi’an and Ha’erbin. There are also five Confucius institutes at T.Shevchenko Kyiv National University, Kyiv National Linguistic University, P.Tchaikovskyi National Music Academy of Ukraine, V.Karazin Kharkiv National University and K.Ushinskyi South Ukrainian National Pedagogical University. In addition, in 2015 the Confucius Class was established at the Kyiv Gymnasium of Oriental Languages №1.
In 2018, the online resource UkraineNOW was launched. There are a lot of useful information about our country as well as additional information about the education in Ukraine in the section "STUDY of the mentioned website.
The main information source on higher education in Ukraine for foreigners is the Ukrainian State Center for International Education of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine. Via the Center’s website applicants can get general information about the curriculum, admission procedure and other practical advice. In addition, through the site, applicants have the opportunity to apply online for study at any higher education institution in Ukraine. The services provided by the Center include: checking the applicants’ documents, assistance in choosing a university and curriculum, assistance in submitting documents to a higher education institution, receiving an invitation to study, visa support, organizing a meeting at the airport.