Ukraine is a country in Central and Eastern Europe. It has an area of 603,628 km², making it the second largest country on the European continent, after Russia. Ukraine borders the Russian Federation to the east and northeast, Belarus to the northwest, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary to the west, Romania and Moldova to the southwest, and the Black Sea and Sea of Azov to the south and southeast, respectively.
Ukraine is a unitary state composed of 24 oblasts (provinces), one autonomous republic (Crimea), and two cities with special status: Kiev, its capital and largest city, and Sevastopol, which houses the Russian Black Sea Fleet under a leasing agreement. Ukraine is a republic under a semi-presidential system with separate legislative, executive, and judicial branches. Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Ukraine continues to maintain the second largest military in Europe, after that of Russia. The country is home to 46 million people, 77.8 percent of whom are ethnic Ukrainians, with sizable minorities of Russians (17%), Belarusians and Romanians. The Ukrainian language is the official language in Ukraine. Russian is also widely spoken. The dominant religion in the country is Eastern Orthodox Christianity, which has heavily influenced Ukrainian architecture, literature and music.
The World Bank classifies Ukraine as a middle-income state. In 2007 the Ukrainian stock market recorded the second highest growth in the world of 130 percent. In 2006 the market capitalization of the Ukrainian stock market was $111.8 billion. Growing sectors of the Ukrainian economy include the information technology (IT) market, which topped all other Central and Eastern European countries in 2007, growing some 40 percent. Ukraine is regarded as being a developing economy with high potential for future success.
Ukraine's healthcare system is state subsidized and freely available to all Ukrainian citizens and registered residents. However, it is not compulsory to be treated in a state-run hospital as a number of private medical complexes do exist all around the country.
The literacy rate is an estimated 99.4%.
From the beginning of March 2014, demonstrations by pro-Russian and anti-government groups took place in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine, together commonly called the "Donbass", in the aftermath of the 2014 Ukrainian revolution and the Euromaidan movement. These demonstrations, which followed the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, and which were part of a wider group of concurrent pro-Russian protests across southern and eastern Ukraine, escalated into an armed conflict between the separatist forces of the self-declared Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics (DPR and LPR respectively), and the Ukrainian government. Prior to a change of the top leadership in August, the separatists were largely led by Russian citizens. Russian paramilitaries are reported to make up from 15% to 80% of the combatants.
Ukraine is likely to join with EU.
Studying medical sciences in Ukraine is now getting popular in India and other Asian countries as the Medium of instruction is in English. All the Medical universities in Ukraine with English medium MBBS are recognized and approved by WHO (World Health Organization) in the "Directory of World Medical Schools" and by MCI (Medical Council of India).
The laboratories, hospitals and other infrastructure facilities of the Ukraine medical universities are far better than most of the private as well as the government medical colleges in Asia, Africa and other countries. Highly qualified medical faculties are teaching medicine to foreign students.
Major Reasons to Study M.B.B.S., (M.D.,) in Ukraine:
1. Almost all the Medical Universities of Ukraine are government universities and comes under ministry of education and science of Ukraine. All the Ukrainian medical universities are listed in the World Health Organization (WHO)'s "Directory of World Medical Schools". This means that doctors graduated from the Ukraine medical universities are eligible to attend national medical eligibility tests such as USMLE, PLAB, MCI, PMDC, HPCSA, SCHS, etc.
2. The system of higher education in Ukraine is well formulated and advanced and on par with the western countries like US, Canada, UK, Australia and Other European countries.
3. After fulfilling all the requirements of the teaching program and passing all the theoretical exams and clearing all the practical training successfully, international students will be awarded with the degree of “Doctor of Medicine" (MD) by the university. This degree is equivalent to "Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery" (MBBS) degree awarded by Commonwealth countries such as India, UK, Australia, etc.
4. No donations or capitation fees are to be paid to the Ukraine medical universities to study medicine in Ukraine. Cost of education in the Ukraine medical universities is highly regulated and subsidized by the Ukrainian government. That’s why higher education in Ukraine is affordable for many students of the Globe. Studying medicine is more than 60 – 75 % cheaper than studying medicine in UK or US.
5. Ukraine is a very safe European country with beautiful landscape surrounding. Most of the Ukrainian cities are very peaceful with social harmony and good public security. Ukrainian government takes a strong stance on crime and law and order. Top Ukrainian medical universities take special care to provide international students with a safe study and living environment on campus. All the students’ hostels have their own security.
6. Ukraine medical Universities offers best quality medical education to the foreign students. Ukraine medical graduates are eligible to practice USA, Canada, UK and Germany after clearing USMLE, MCC and other licensing exams of the respective country.
Ukraine will sign full-format association with EU by June 27.
Ukraine is prepared to sign the full version of an association agreement with the European Union not later than June 27, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said, "The president has stated that he is ready to sign an association agreement with the EU as soon as Brussels makes this decision," the Ukrainian presidential press service reports.
"We should do this not later than June 27 this year," Poroshenko said at a meeting with the heads of foreign delegations and the diplomatic corps accredited in Ukraine at the Sofia of Kyiv national preserve on Saturday.
Ukraine will be developing as a European state, Poroshenko said. "There is one more European value for me, which is solidarity. Ukraine vitally needs solidarity, and we are grateful to you for support that the world has rendered to the Ukrainians in struggling for independence. Association with the EU, a deep and comprehensive free trade area between Ukraine and the EU, and visa-free travel with the EU constitute my mandate from the voters. The full economic integration and political association with the EU are not just dreams but the agenda for the next few years," he said.
Modernization based on European standards will be a key to Ukraine's success, which would help resolve a lot of issues, he said. Poroshenko thanked the leadership and other officials of the U.S. and European Union for supporting Ukraine in its aspiration for freedom, justice, and European values.