The university is a higher educational establishment of state ownership, subordinated to the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine. The history of the university begins on August 17, 1918, when Hetman of Ukraine Pavlo Skoropadsky signed the Law of the foundation of the Kamianets-Podilskyi State Ukrainian University.
Ivan Ohiienko, a well-known scientist-linguist, professor, an active participant of the Ukrainian state-building, was the first Rector of the university. During its existence, the university was reorganized several times: in 1920 it was transformed into the Academy of Theoretical Knowledge, in 1921 – into the Institute of Theoretical Sciences. The Institute of Theoretical Sciences was reorganized into two separate educational institutions – the Institute of Public Education and the Agricultural Institute.
During the 30’s and 40’s the Institute of Public Education was reorganized three times, in particular in 1930 – into the Institute of Social Education, in 1933-1934 into the pedagogical, and from 1939 into the Teachers’ Institute. The Teachers’ Institute from 1948-1949 was reorganized into a pedagogical school. In 1997, the Pedagogical University received the status of a State Pedagogical University, and in 2003 Kamianets-Podilskyi State University was founded on its base.
The University is a state higher educational institution of the IVth level of accreditation. It is subordinated to the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.
Kamianets-Podilskyi Ivan Ohiienko National University is headed by the Rector Sergiy A. Kopylov, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor, Professor of the Department of World History.
The university has trained over 90,000 specialists for pre-school, general education, vocational education institutions, higher education institutions of the I-IV levels of accreditation and other branches of the national economy, over 350 doctors and candidates of sciences, received a number of domestic and international awards.
The university consists of 9 faculties, 40 departments. In general, the University trains 6058 specialists for the educational-qualification levels “Bachelor” and “Master” (full-time, part-time and extramural forms of education) in 46 specialties (BA programs), 40 specialties (MA programs). The educational process at the university is provided by 407 scientific and pedagogical workers: 410 people are staff members of the departments, There are 292 Ph.Ds (associate professors), 40 Doctors of Science (Professors) and 75 pedagogical workers.
The postgraduate study program in the area of 13 specialties and the doctoral program in the area of 3 specialties functions at the university for the training of scientific and pedagogical and scientific personnel of higher qualification.
The University is located in 12 educational and laboratory buildings. The total training area is 128327,3 m2. Students live in 6 dormitories. There are 2 stadiums, a sports and health camp in the area. The Ukrainian language is used to provide educational process with the exception of specialized disciplines at the Faculty of Foreign Philology and foreign language disciplines (English, German, French) for professional orientation.
The tuition fee depends on the direction (specialty) of training area and the educational-qualification level (see the website of the Kamianets-Podilskyi Ivan Ohiienko National University (www.kpnu.edu.ua) section “Admissions Commission”).
By the Decree of the President of Ukraine dated by January 22, 2008, the university was granted a National Status. According to the order of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine from August 20, 2008, the university was named as Kamianets-Podilskyi Ivan Ohiienko National University.