Taras Shevchenko University is a higher educational and scientific establishment, which has proven to be the center of higher education throughout 170 years of its existence.
It was founded in 1834 as the University of Saint Vladimir. The walls of the main building are painted in red while the tops and bottoms of its columns are painted black. These refer to the colours of Saint Vladimir’s Order. In 1939, Kiev University was re-named after Taras Shevchenko (a major figure in Ukrainian literature and painting).
There is a city park in front of the University, which is very popular with the students.
Kyiv University is the most prestigious educational facility of Ukraine.