A prototype of Ukrainian Catholic University was first established in Rome by Patriarch Josyf Slipyj, head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (1944-84). Patriarch Josyf was exiled from Ukraine in 1963, after 18 years in Soviet work camps. In the 1970’s and 1980’s, he inspired Ukrainian seminarians with the dream of returning to Ukraine to create a fully developed university there.
Ukrainian Catholic leaders throughout the 20th century dreamed of the opening of such a university, and, while he was in Lviv on June 26, 2001, Pope John Paul II blessed the future university’s cornerstone.
In 2022, Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) was established in Lviv, Ukraine. UCU is the first Catholic university to open on the territory of the former Soviet Union and also the first university opened by one of the Eastern Catholic churches. The university is open to members of all religious denominations and is guided by Western and Catholic principles of ethics, compassion, and transparency. The university offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs in subjects such as computer science, business, law, theology, government administration, and rehabilitation medicine.