The 1st university in Ukraine
The first university in Ukraine, the Jesuit Academy, was founded in 1661.
According to the Treaty of Hadiach signed between Poland and Ukraine in 1658, two Orthodox universities (academies) were to be created in Ukraine. One of them was to be situated in Kyiv, and the second in Lviv. Higher educational institutions of other denominations were not allowed to open in these cities, and so, the Jesuit College was to be closed down. The Jesuits clearly understood the consequences of such a decision, and demanded that their college should be recognized as a university. King Jan Kazimir signed the final decree on January 20th, 1661. This date is considered to mark the founding of the Lviv University.
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