National University of Kharkiv

university in Ukraine

Kharkiv University or Karazin University[1] officially V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University is one of the major universities in Ukraine, and earlier in the Russian Empire and Soviet Union. It was founded in Kharkiv in 1804 by Vasily Karazin. It is the second oldest university in modern-day Ukraine.[2]

Karazin University
V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University
Харківський національний університет імені В. Н. Каразіна
Latin: Universitas Charkoviensis
MottoCognoscere, Docere, Erudire
Motto in English
To learn, To Educate, To Enlighten
TypePublic University
Established1804; 220 years ago (1804)
PresidentTatyana Kaganovska
Academic staff
ColorsBlue & White    
AffiliationsIAU, EUA, WHO
Building details

In 2022, the university was severely damaged by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.


  1. "Modern university". Karazin University. Archived from the original on 2020-10-20. Retrieved 2017-07-14.
  2. McCann, Allison; Gamio, Lazaro; Lu, Denise; Robles, Pablo (2022-03-17). "Russia Is Destroying Kharkiv". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2024-03-03.