Why Ukraine

Why Ukraine: High Density of Elite Technology Talent

Why Ukraine

Early Education Leadership

Ukraine has a rich tradition of higher education that dates back almost 450 years. “Brotherhood Schools” (precursors to numerous current universities in Ukraine) were established in Lviv, Kyiv, and Lutsk as early as 1585.

During and following the First Industrial Revolution in the 19th century, Ukrainian higher education (specifically STEM) thrived. Numerous universities were established across the country and produced many internationally respected scientists. Ilya Mechnikov, the Nobel Prize winner in Physiology or Medicine, studied at V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University starting in 1862.

Education Under Soviet Rule

Under Soviet rule, Ukrainian higher education continued to expand. It is estimated the Soviet Union invested over $1 trillion (current-day value) in higher education and public R&D centers in Ukraine from 1922 until Ukraine’s independence and the fall of the Soviet empire in 1991. Under Soviet rule, Ukrainian education produced many highly respected STEM leaders. Sergei Korolev (father of the Soviet space program) and Igor Sikorsky (inventor of the helicopter) graduated from Kyiv Polytechnic University.

Current Ukrainian STEM Workforce

Today, Ukraine continues the tradition of higher education. Over 1.5 million college students in Ukraine are studying in over 800 higher education institutions. With a Tertiary Education Participation Rate of 83% (and among the highest STEM education rates), Ukraine is one of the most educated countries in the world. Kharkiv alone has over 300,000 college students attending one of the 42 higher education institutions in the city.

Since Ukraine’s independence, the country has continued with its rich tradition of STEM education and the development of STEM-related industries. In 2021, Ukraine generated over $6.8 billion in ICT Service Exports (IMF BoP) and had over 285,000 software developers. STEM workers in Ukraine continue to be recognized as being among the best globally, with companies such as Oracle, Siemens, Microsoft, Cisco, and others relying on elite talent.

Why Ukraine? Elite & Passionate STEM Talent

We are often asked, “why Ukraine?” The answer is simple: At the end of the day, the quality of the team counts. We can find among the best technology workers globally are passionate about showing the world who they are, the Ukrainian culture, and what they can contribute to the global technology industry. 

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