November 27, 2015
Serhiy Kvit, Minister of Education, former president of National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy
Serhiy Kvit is already one of the longest-serving ministers in the post-revolutionary Cabinet. He has made headway in reducing the number of state universities – closing 75 and reclassifying other under-performing ones, part of a drive to reduce the number of state higher educational institutions from 802 to 317. His plan is to transform a corrupt, Soviet-style educational system into one that will command greater respect among Ukrainians and internationally, from transparent admissions to credible diplomas. Kvit also relocated 16 universities from Russian-occupied areas of the war-torn Donbas. In his previous role as president of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, he led one of Ukraine’s best higher education institutions. He promotes the autonomy of universities and has signed an association agreement with the European Union program on research and innovation, Horizon 2020.