For 75 years, Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University has been the leading educational, scientific and cultural centre of the Precarpathian region. For the most part, the research activities at the Precarpathian University are practically-oriented and integrated into the learning process. The research areas at the University measure up to modern scientific trends and are aimed at creating advanced information technologies as well as acquiring new knowledge. The University’s 80 departments are staffed with over 100 professors and almost 700 associate professors who tackle traditional and modern problems in such branches of science as physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, economics, materials science, history, political science, philology, law, philosophy, psychology, pedagogy, medicine and human health, art theory, etc.
The Precarpathian University develops both basic and applied science. The applied developments of alternative sources of energy and nanomaterials entered into international projects and were supported by the U.S. Civilian Research & Development Foundation (CRDF) and the NATO Science for Peace and Security Program. The scientists in the field of chemistry provide successful ecological supervision of the environment together with their Romanian colleagues in the framework of the transboundary cooperation projects. The topical problems of gerontology and rehabilitation are studied in the biochemical laboratories of the University. The results of this research were published in the most prestigious international publications and have a high rating of citation. The historical searches and archaeological expeditions led by the University academics in the Carpathians discovered unexpected artifacts, which, if verified, may cause a true sensation among historians. The literary critics and linguists of the University work on the literary heritage of our land and preserve the linguistic diversity and folklore of the Hutsul region. The joint Ukrainian-American project on effective operation of mountain schools has become a new milestone of the pedagogical and psychological research at the Precarpathian University. Our agrochemists develop new high-yielding plant varieties and means of their protection, which are tested on the premises of the University’s botanic garden and arboretum.
Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University together with the University of Warsaw is engaged in reconstructing the biggest mountain scientific centre in Eastern Europe – the astronomical observatory “White Elephant” on Mount Pip Ivan in the Carpathians. This observatory will allow the University to carry out astronomical, meteorological and seismic observations and will become a popular tourist attraction.
Almost 400 post-graduate and doctoral students in all main specialties are enrolled at the Precarpathian University; thesis defenses are held.
The innovative organization of a new type – the Science Park – was opened at the University, which gives an opportunity to effectively commercialize the results of scientific and research developments.
Today, Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University is a modern scientific centre with the developed infrastructure, distinguished scientific schools, stable international relations and high potential.