Elizabeth (Halshka) Hulevychivna 

Co-founder of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. Her gift impacted all future generations.

A woman is at the center of the founding of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. After his travels to Western Europe, Petro Mohyla, Metropolitan of Kyiv and Ukraine, wished to bring European education to Ukraine. He needed a major donor to establish a monastery and school. Halshka Hulevychivna (1575-1642), an educated woman who belonged to the nobility of the late XVIth – early XVIIth centuries, understood the need to modernize Kyiv and prepare leaders for the nation. She donated the land that was her country estate in the lower part of Kyiv, in Podil, to build a school and a monastery, what was then known as the Kyiv Brotherhood Academy, and later became the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. She contributed to the national and cultural revival of the era and co-founded the Academy in 1615 and left a legacy for the ages. It is the generosity of visionaries and donors that impact future generations forever.


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Eight Women Leaders – NaUKMA Alumni

Receive National Recognition

Eight women graduates of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy have been included in the 100 Top Women of Ukraine survey announced by the Ukrainian Journal HB. NaUKMA continues to fulfill its mission of preparing leaders for the Ukrainian nation. The selection took place by distinguished panelists in the categories of Politics, Business, Government, Civil Society, and Culture/Media.

Congratulations to these extraordinary women, who are leaders in their fields.

  • Kira Rudyk (BS and MS, 2006 and 2008). Deputy in Ukraine’s Parliament, head of the Holos Party.
  • Halyna Yanchenko (BS 2009). Deputy in Ukraine’s Parliament, deputy head of the Servant of the People Party.
  • Oksana Markarova (BS and MS, 1997 and 1999). Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States of America.
  • Olya Kudinenko (BS, 2009). Founder of the Charity Fund Tabletochky, an organization to support pediatric oncology.
  • Yulia Tychkivska (BS 2010). Executive Director of Aspen Institute Kyiv.
  • Zoya Lytvyn (BS and MS, 2007 and 2009). Founder of the online educational platform for parents, teachers and students Osvitoria, co-founder of the Novopecherska Shool.
  • Yulia Badritdinova (BS, 2001). Managing directorof McDonald’s Ukraine.
  • Olesya Ostrovska (BS, MS 1998,2000). Executive Director of National Cultural Art Center and Museum Complex Mystetskyj Arsenal.


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