The Serving University

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Having been served by and blessed with the generosity of others at the outset of its modest operation, our University has learned a lesson of self-giving which makes openness to the poor and marginalized its distinctive feature and mission.

Two decades before the pontificate of Pope Francis, UCU made prophetic gestures of showing and affirming the value of people with special needs, orphans, mentally handicapped people by integrating them into its academic and student life, serving them in different ways, making their voice sound louder in the society.

UCU aims not only to educate people for academic and professional life. It also tries to translate Gospel message into a faith- or value-inspired action by getting students of all programs involved in service to the mentally handicapped, homeless, orphans, poor, displaced, abandoned. UCU would like to develop this set of initiatives into a service learning culture, program and model to share with other Catholic and secular universities. No university in Ukraine has a full-fledged community service program. UCU is a university that is owned by the community. And we would like to set an example of an institution of higher education that gives back to community through social volunteer service of its students and faculty.

Country: Ukraine

Year: 2018-2019

Institution: Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU)

Contact Person: Taras Dobko


# of students: 115

Interaction with beneficiaries: Face-to-face

Academic Degree: Undergraduate |Master

Discipline(s): Social Work | Law | Computer Science

Community Service Area & ODS: Reducing inequalities | Good health and well-being | Decent work and economic growth

Further information: This year the University defined SL as its strategic objective for the next period of the university’s development. And we are at the very initial stage of this process.