Restoration of the Yuri Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University
The Firtash Foundation has assigned UAH 8 million to the restoration of the Yuri Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University. In 2012, UNESCO included the institution in its list of World Heritage Sites. Indeed, the university is one of the most important architectural structures of the Bukovyna region and in all of Ukraine. The buildings were designed by Czech architect and scholar Josef Hlavka in 1860 to be used as the future residence of the Metropolitan Bishop of Bukovyna and Dalmatia. Construction works began four years later and spanned 18 years. Once completed, the complex was unique in its organic union of many different architectural styles. The campus comprises three main structures: the central building, the seminary with the Church of the Three Saints, and the presbytery or rectory. The central building housed the living quarters of the Metropolitan Bishop, with large apartments and luxurious halls for visitors, audiences, and meetings of the eparchy. Today, the central structure houses the main building of the university and is home to the university’s administration and the Faculty of Foreign Languages. The Yuri Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University was established on October 4, 1875 by decree of Emperor Franz Joseph I of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, on the site of a theological institute which had been operating since 1827. The university was named after Emperor Franz Joseph I until 1918, after which it was renamed the Chernivtsi State University. In 1989 the institution was renamed in honour of Yuri Fedkovych, and on 11 September 2000 the President of Ukraine granted it the status of a national university.