The Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) is a dynamic private educational and research institution training a new generation of leaders to meet practical global and local challenges through high-quality education, personal growth, and active social responsibility. In 2015, the Ukrainian Catholic University, together with the Lviv business community, Lviv IT Cluster, and leading IT companies, opened a new Bachelor Program in Computer Sciences — CS@UCU (Computer Sciences at UCU). CS@UCU is the only program in Ukraine modeled on the best schools in the field of Computer Science in the world – Stanford University and the University of Waterloo. The program was launched as there is a great need for highly qualified IT employees. In 2016 there was created Faculty of Applied Sciences.
Mission of Faculty of Applied Sciences
Faculty of Applied Sciences is a program, which forms leaders in the field, who will use their knowledge to influence the present and the future Ukraine and the world.
Vision of Faculty of Applied Sciences
Faculty of Applied Sciences is an intellectually stimulating program which expands the frontiers of education in Computer Sciences and Information Technology in Ukraine. Our future graduates are not simply successful employees at world-renowned IT companies, they are multi-faceted individuals who are prepared to create new products and services, new ideas and meanings both in the field of Information Technology as well as in other areas of life.
Faculty of Applied Sciences is directed at students who are interested in hard working and self-improvement in order to gain professional skills in modern information technologies and computer sciences needed for successful job placement in the current market. Program content was developed in cooperation with leading IT companies in Lviv and taking into account the stipulations of the new law “On Higher Education in Ukraine”, best Ukrainian and foreign practices, recommendations of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Institute of Engineers in Electrical Technology and Electronics (IEEE) (2013), as well as the Ukrainian Council on Competitiveness of the Industry of Information-Communication Technology (2014). The program is planned as a four-year program and includes subjects in the area of professional and humanities blocks. Among core subjects for students are Software Engineering; Information Assurance and Security; Programming Languages; Parallel and Distributed Computing; Discrete Structures; Graphics and Visualization; Human-Computer Interaction; Data Analysis; Information Management; Intellectual Systems; and Business Analysis. For program lecturers, it is extremely important that the knowledge of computer sciences and information technologies which the students gain while studying in the Faculty of Applied Sciences be useful. Therefore, the curriculum of every core subject foresees practical assignments and case studies which have been submitted by professionals who themselves work in the IT industry. Besides learning process students have an option to attend different clubs: Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Front-end/Backend, Game Development, 3D-Modeling and Algorithmic Programming. Integral parts of the learning process also include meet-ups with opinion leaders (each week), summer practicums and internships at IT companies and a particular feature of the program is an increase in foreign language knowledge. Beginning with the third year, certain subjects of Faculty of Applied Sciences are presented in English. Given the fact that the modern world is multi-polar and that innovations and discoveries happening on the edges, on the collision of cultures, languages, etc., we lay out the intersection of many disciplines: a history of great ideas; critical thinking; academic writing; and social entrepreneurship. Professional training is implemented through various practicums and summer internships at partner companies and through project-oriented courses directly related to the work of the IT industry. The close relationship of UCU’s Lviv Business School will allow interested students to gain knowledge on the basics of business, innovation, and entrepreneurship. The program strongly encourages talented students to create their own flexible learning path, taking into account the wide offerings of quality educational products in the global education market (massive open online courses, participation in internships at foreign universities, specialized certificate courses of program partners, UCU education, etc.). The program maintains good contacts with companies such as IBM, Google, Twitter, Epam, SoftServe, Eleks, Sigma Software, Ciklum, Grammarly, Perfectial, Romexsoft, as well as individuals and a number of universities like Carnegie Mellon University, New York State University. Some of the computer science programs in Ukrainian universities are changing their curriculum approaches following Computer Science Program at UCU. The first admitted CS@UCU student cohort was one of the strongest in Ukraine. The average applicant score was 186.5 out of 200 through an external independent evaluation. The average score in math was 193/200 with 60% of the students scoring more than 195/200 points. The average score of the second of admitted students at the CS@UCU program is the strongest among all Ukrainian universities with computer science programs. In September 2016, we open an English-language practically-oriented Master's program.