Kharkiv National University of Pharmacy is one of the oldest and elite higher educational establishments of Europe, centre of pharmaceutical education, which will celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2005. Pharmaceutical education takes its rise in 1805, when the first pharmaceutical department has beenopened on the basis of the pharmaceutical division of Kharkov Emperor University medical faculty, which became the grounding for the future institute creation. Initiating by the group of famous Kharkiv scientists, the first in Ukraine pharmaceutical institute was opened in Kharkov on September 10th, 1921.
Since 1980 Kharkov pharmaceutical institute is headed by the professor Valentin P. Chernykh, associate-member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Doctor of Pharmacy, Doctor of Chemistry, State
prize winner of Ukraine, Honoured scientist and technician of Ukraine, Honoured inventor of Ukraine. High level of achievements of the 80-s to a considerably assisted, that in 1992 Kharkov pharmaceutical institute obtained the status of academy. On September 18th, 2002 by the Decree of the President of Ukraine Academy got the status of National University of Pharmacy.
The University has the 4th level of accreditation. It is the unique higher educational establishment, which completely covered the needs of pharmaceutical branch in highly qualified professionals.
The academic year is divided into two semesters. The first semester begins from 1st September and finishes in first week of January. The second semester begins from 1st February and finishes in the mid of June.