Getting education in Ukrainian language became possible only in the twenties of the 20th century. The programme of liquidation of mass illiteracy that took place at the period made the education more democratic and accessible. During the Soviet Union times Ukraine was one of the most developed countries. Its economy demanded a great number of highly qualified specialists for implementation of scientific researches results in industry. These demands were met due to the big number of universities and institutes. Ukrainian scientists were the authors of new achievements in the area of air-space technologies, welding, IT, etc.
Success in Ukrainian education drew attention of foreign students, since 1940 preparing was underway in Ukraine. Nowadays, Ukrainian graduates take leading positions in foreign companies spanning Asia, Africa and Latin America. You can see them among state officers, doctors, engineers etc.
The end of world confrontation and establishment of Ukraine as an independent state opened new perspectives for Ukrainian education and its integration into the academic world. Nineties are characterized by deep changes in the national system of education. The changes in structure and content of education started as the result of the development of new marketing relations. Labor market demanded new skill standards. Management, marketing, law, financing and computer engineering were among priorities. At the same time with the state sector private institutions had started to be developed. Foreign languages such as English, German, French, and Spanish were the main part of the curriculum that built favorable conditions for successful preparation to International Language exams.
Ukrainian universities take an active part in the work of European educational bodies as well as European Association of International Education. Ukraine was one of the countries that signed the convention on the Recognition of Qualifications Concerning Higher Education in Europe (Lisbon, 1997). In 1999 the Parliament of Ukraine ratified the convention. Bilateral cooperation between Ukrainian and foreign universities is intensively developed. Ukrainian universities are active participants of the European Union Programme TEMPUS. Nowadays, popularity of Ukrainian higher education is growing.