The Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University is the first university in the Western Ukraine of classic type.
The history of formation and development of the Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University started in January 1940 when, at the request of local authorities, preparation for the opening of Teachers Institute in Stanislav started. On March 1 the training began. With the proclamation of the independence of Ukraine more favorable conditions for the integration of education and research were created. August 26, 1992 Ivano-Frankivsk Pedagogical Institute was reorganized in Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian University. At that time the institution has long been in one of the first places in the country thanks to its scientific potential. One of the most significant events of 2004 was the granting the university "National" status.
For a short period of time of its existence university has grown into the leading center of science, culture and education of Prycarpathia. New specialities, faculties and chairs were opened, the staff was filled up with highly skilled scholars.
The University consists of 15 educational institutes and faculties, 36 scientific establishments (research, scientific and educational institutions, centers, laboratories, among them joint research laboratory on tape physics of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine and National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine with the status "national acquisition", botanical garden, dendrological park, scientific library), Ivano-Frankivsk college of the Public Higher Education Institution "Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpatian National University", where young specialists, bachelors, masters are trained, 3 educational centers for dictance communication.
At the university more than 16 thousand students are studying, 135 Doctors of Sciences, Professors, 629 Candidates of Sciences, PhD, Associate Professors are working.
In terms of extension of globalization and integration processes the Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University has acquired great experience in cooperation with cultural centers in Europe, Asia and the USA in such fields, as: joint research activity, improvement of the scientific process, usage of progressive technology, conduction of conferences, symposiums, scientific and pedagogical personnel training. The university has signed more than 70 agreements on cooperation with foreign higher educational establishments.