INTRODUCTION TO UKRAINE

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Ukraine, is an independent state, situates in the central part of Europe. It is one of the biggest European countries. The Republic is 603,700 km with the population of 49 million. Kiev is the capital city of Ukraine. The country is a state with the democratic form of governing, headed by the nation-wide elected president. The neighboring countries of Ukraine are: Belarus, Russia, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova and Poland . To the South Ukraine is washed with Black Sea and Sea of Azov. The country has the sea boarders with Turkey, Bulgaria and Georgia.

Most of Ukraine consists of fertile plains and plateaus. It's a country of enormous natural beauty, a land of forests, lake, marshes and pasturelands. Mountains being found in the west and in Crimea. Due to favorable climatic conditions, Ukraine is traditionally an agricultural area. It grows wheat, maize, corn, rye, barley, potatoes vegetables, fruits, melons, berries and sugar etc., Ukraine is one of the main exporters of sugar. The country is also rich in natural resources iron ore, coal, natural-gas, mineral salts, clay, manganese, sulfur, magnesium, graphite, titanium, kaolin, nickel, timber etc.

Crimea State Medical University is in the city of Simferopol in the state of Crimea in the republic of Ukraine. The city Simferofol have decidedly more Western air is close to the sea-side, which has a world class beach is only 40 minutes drive from the city is the administrative center of Crimea. Crimea is also one of the warmest places in Ukraine and Europe with an average temperature of +2 to +8 in winter and +20 to +30 in summer. Crimea is a peninsula in Ukraine, an autonomous republic of the country. It is connected with the main land to the north by the narrow isthmus of Perekop. The total land area of the Crimea is 27,000 sq. km. The average population of Crimea is 4 million, of which 450,000 live in simferopol. The ethnic background of most is Ukrainian, ethnic Russians, Byelorussians, Jews, Moldavians, Hungarians Greeks and others. Ukrainians are often seen as both more reserved and more refined. Crimea is a favorite tourist center for the Europeans and Russians. Ukraine has always been hospitable and friendly, always happy to receive foreign businessmen, foreign guests, tourists and students.

The richly talented Ukrainian people have created wonderful architecture, many monuments both secular and religious, dating from 11th to 18th centuries can be seen in all throughout Ukraine towns and cities. If you get a chance, visit some of the many historic sites and towns, where numerous treasures will tell you of the great past and traditions. The past is reflected in the architecture and atmosphere of cities.

UKRAINE TODAY:

Today Ukraine is an internationally oriented center of high technology, with speech technology, micro electronics, chips development, media technology and genetic engineering as out standing examples. Thanks to international communications and transport systems it is literally the hub of central Europe. Ukraine has well-developed economy with considerable portions of agricultural and industrial sectors. Space and rocket engineering, aircraft and ship building, high tech equipment production are among the main branches of the Ukrainian industry. Electrical equipment made in Ukraine is highly rated in the world. Power station turbines, transformers, high-voltage instruments are used in many countries.

Space and rocket complex of Ukraine has great potential. Ukraine is distinguished by a high level scientific potential. The National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine has won a world-wide recognition as a science center of physical studies of materials, in particular, in the sphere of electric welding, special electric metallurgy, synthetic super hard materials and tools made from them. The National Academy of sciences, higher educational institutions of Ukraine maintain broad international contacts. Broadening of international contacts has become a positive tendency.

Cooperation with developing countries: Ukraine attaches great importance to the international economic, scientific, medical and technological cooperation, particularly in the field of sharing the national experience with other countries. First of all it concerns training of highly skilled technical and medical personnel for developing countries. A lot of specialists from the developing countries have graduated from the educational institutions of Ukraine.

HUMAN RIGHTS:

As an independent state, Ukraine achieved a substantial progress in development of the national system and mechanisms in the sphere of protection of human rights and freedoms. Democratic elections, political pluralism, freedom of speech and mass media, establishing the democratic social state based on the rule of law have become reality. The human being, his or her life and health, dignity and safety are recognized in Ukraine as the highest social value. Ukraine became a party to all basic international instruments in the field of human rights. Ukraine has always paid great attention to the United Nations activity in promotion and protection of human rights. The Ukrainian constitution also guarantees the right of every person to appeal to relevant international institutions and organizations for protection of his or her rights. Ukrainians openness, accessibility and efficiency are more than just empty words.

Higher Education for Foreign students: As a foreign student you will discover a region full of surprising contrasts. You will find yourself quickly becoming part of it, especially during the many festivals and the intense cultural life, for which the region is famous. Higher education within the Ukrainian community has always been open to foreign students. Its student body comprised of men and women from all over the world has the invaluable experience of studying together with students from many different natural and cultural backgrounds. The contact with students all over the world broadens understanding of other peoples and provides valuable friendships, some of which last a lifetime.

TRANSPORTATION:

Ukraine is linked with most major European cities. Most international flights go to Ukraine. International trains enter Ukraine from several countries. Sail by ship is also available between various cities in the black sea and Mediterranean. All official land border crossings into Ukraine are unrestricted, if you have a visa ahead of time. Simferopol international airport is its southern entry point to Ukraine. Getting between major Ukrainian cities is best done by train and also by flight. They are frequent , cheap and often convenient journey. There are bus services to most cities and towns. Taxi services are numerous in Ukraine. Fines are imposed if traffic police smell alcohol in a driver's breath. Driving Speed limits are 40 kph in built-up areas, 90 kph in countryside and 110kph on the motorways. For foreigners an international driving license is required to drive automobiles in Ukraine.

CURRENCY:

Hryvnya (UAH) = 100 Kopiyok (singular-kopiyka). Notes are in denominations of 100, 50, 10, 5, 2, and 1 hryvnya. Coins are in denominations of 50, 25, 10, 5, 2, 1 kopiyok. Foreign currencies should only be changed at currency exchanges on the streets or in banks. Credit cards are not readily accepted, only restaurants and hotels will accept them.