6 surprising facts about Ukraine that you need to know
Posted By : Mr Anand Dhillon/Posted on: May 07, 2017
If you are planning to move or study in Ukraine, given below is some good to know information.
MYTH 1: UKRAINIAN EDUCATION IS CORRUPT, LOW QUALITY
Ukraine has a 99.4 % literacy rate. Ukraine ranks fourth highest in percentage of citizens with a higher education, and in the top 40 smartest countries based on math and science scores, according to Business Insider. Ukraine is popular destination for education among Asian and African students. There are more than 63 000 students from 130 countries of the world now.
With the support of Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine in 2016 was founded Ukrainian Admission Centre for foreign students. The goal of the centre is to make the admission and training of foreign students easier and safer.
Moreover, recent private initiatives to teach information technology skills to the workforce should ensure Ukraine has some of the best-skilled tech workers in the world for years to come.
So the truth is that Ukraine is home to some of the best universities in Europe which are known for their well developed education system.
MYTH 2: UKRAINIANS ARE NOT EMOTIONAL
This myth has appeared because it is not the Ukrainian habit to be open and smiling with strangers – but they are no more “cold and unemotional” than any northern European would be.
Once you get to know them better, Ukrainians express their feeling and emotions much more openly, and can then strike their guests as being more straightforward and sincere than some Westerners.
MYTH 3: UKRAINE IS A PART OF EUROPEAN UNION
The economic part of the Ukraine–European Union Association Agreement was signed on 27 June 2014 by the new President, Petro Poroshenko, who described this as Ukraine's "first but most decisive step" towards EU membership. Poroshenko also set 2020 as a target for an EU membership application.
So UKRAINE though located in eastern part of Europe is not yet a part of European Union but working aggressively towards the same and might be in future.
MYTH 4: UKRAINE IS COLD AND SNOWY MUCH OF THE YEAR
Ukraine has a continental climate, with winters that are colder than in Western Europe but summers that are usually hotter. The capital Kyiv is practically on the same latitude as London in the United Kingdom, and the southern portions of the country have a climate well-suited to growing grapes, while Crimea’s climate is sub-tropical.
The weather is changeable and heavy thunderstorms are common in the summer months, but the climate is far more temperate than in Siberia or most of Canada.
MYTH 5: UKRAINIAN LANGUAGE IS A DIALECT OF RUSSIAN
Within the Slavic language group, Russian is in fact the odd one out. If you could have heard an ancient East Slavic tribesman, his speech would have sounded much more like Ukrainian than Russian. Indeed, Ukrainian shares many more linguistic features with Belarusian, Czech, Slovak, Polish and Serbo-Croat than it does with Russian.
Ukrainian and Russian are not mutually intelligible – the standard linguistic test for determining whether a language is a fully-fledged language in its own right, and not a dialect of another.
While many people in Ukraine have Russian as their first language, most people are bilingual in Ukrainian and Russian, and will switch languages depending on who they are speaking to. Politics aside, the language issue has never been problematic in Ukraine.
MYTH 6: UKRAINE IS A RACIST COUNTRY
Ukraine is not a racist country. It is a social stable country with warm hospitality to foreigners irrespective of their race and colour.
Ukraine is a country on the path of progress. People are educated and helpful to foreigners. It is a good option if you choose to study or move to Ukraine.
Author : Mr. Anand Dhillon [M.B.A.]
Anand Dhillon loves to write & share knowledge on Education in India, Career choices & Studying Abroad; helping Students in need of relevant information. He is a Mechanical Engineer & an MBA by qualification. He keeps himself updated with the constant changes in the Education arena & provides answers on Quora, Shiksha.
Anand has been involved in Counselling Students, Professionals about various career paths in India & Overseas for over 6 years. EDIFICE EDUCATION is his endeavour to provide FREE CONSULTANCY for courses like MBBS, Engineering, MBA, Hospitality & Tourism.
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