Ukraine - Ukrainian School of Political Studies (2005)

The Ukrainian School of Political Studies was launched in 2005 to mark the 10th anniversary of Ukraine's accession to the Council of Europe. The USPS is an educational project designed to improve the culture of public policy in Ukraine, based on the principles of fairness, trust and dialogue. The USPS programme creates a system of values underpinning the development of some of the most successful young politicians, public administrators, journalists and lawyers.

Ukrainian School of Political Studies
Vozdvyzhenska Street., 45, office 404
04071 Kyiv, Ukraine
Tel. : +38 044 531 37 68
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Director : Svitlana MATVIIENKO
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Svitlana Matviienko Ukrainian Director

“Over the last 12 years, the Ukrainian School of Political Studies has become a social and political phenomenon in our country. Among young professionals from politics, civil society, law, business and media it is not easy to find anyone who has not heard of, applied for or is not acquainted with USPS. What is our secret? There is no secret: we are a post-Soviet society aspiring to become a society of trust, dignity and rule of law. These are the principles and values that underlie everything done by the amazing USPS team, the best Ukrainian experts who are part of the School's family and, of course, the group of successful leaders united by our programme and the Council of Europe's World Forum for Democracy.”

Svitlana MATVIIENKO, Director


About the School

The USPS aims to create a forum for dialogue, a unified space of communication for people who are focused on success, basic humanistic values and democratic principles, hoping to make changes in various spheres of public life. The School brings together leaders from the political sector, business environment, media, social activities and academia from all over Ukraine.

The School uses innovative educational approaches that promote a sound and multidimensional understanding of Ukrainian and global realities and which create opportunities for exchange between leaders from different spheres of public life. Focusing on the professional development of our members, the School offers emerging leaders comprehensive support and valuable orientation. It seeks to provide not only with knowledge but also the skills needed to build a successful political career, to participate fully in decision-making at all levels, and to solve social problems.

USPS activities include the annual national programme of 3-4 training sessions in Ukraine and one in Strasbourg, a series of thematic meetings, particularly within the Network of Schools, international events and study tours for participants and graduates as well as additional educational modules at the School. The trainers and lecturers are leading Ukrainian and international public and political figures.

Over the last 12 years, the Ukrainian School of Political Studies has proved that it is one of the most experienced and successful education and communication platforms for the new generation of politicians in Ukraine. The graduates of the School go on to ensure the implementation of democratic reforms in Ukraine, integration into the European community, and promotion of human rights and the rule of law.

About the Director

Svitlana Matviienko studied at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (philosophy) and Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University (theoretical and practical philosophy). She began her professional career at the Center for Promotion of Institutional Development of Civil Service in 2007 and has worked in the public sector for over 10 years. Currently she is Chairwoman of the Board of the leading Ukrainian think tank, Agency for Legislative Initiatives. Her expertise lies within issues of political processes, parliamentarism, and civic education. She is Member of the Coordinating Council on Civil Society Development under the President of Ukraine. The spheres of her scientific interest include anthropology, political philosophy and contemporary Western philosophy. She is also editor-in-chief of the magazine "PARLIAMENT". She is fond of literature and art history. She has been Director of the Ukrainian School of Political Studies since 2018.