The Kharkiv State Academy of Culture (KhSAC) is a dynamic, forward-looking institution of higher education that prepares students for professional careers in a wide variety of fields of activity, such as communication and information, business and administration, social work, culture and arts. Its unique feature is that education in such different study areas is carried out in one academic complex with strong interdisciplinary links, which has made it possible for the Academy to become one of the top centres of culture and education in Ukraine.
Established in 1929, KhSAC had long been the only higher education institution providing competent specialists for the cultural sector of Ukraine. It was the first in Ukraine to start education in library and information science (LIS) and, later, in cultural studies. Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts, as well as Rivne State Humanitarian University first appeared as KhSAC's affiliated institutions.
Today the Academy is a modern university-type institution accredited at the highest, 4th level, providing the best education in the country in LIS and cultural studies. The Academy offers a broad range of bachelor and master degree programmes in 14 subject areas (specialities) of 7 fields of study: "Culture", "Art", "Teacher Education", "Management and Administration", "Journalism and Information", "Specific Categories", "Service Sector".
Over the years of its existence the Kharkiv State Academy of Culture has educated about 40,000 professionals, including more than 400 international students from 42 countries of Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America. Many international graduates of KhSIC occupy top positions at ministries and cultural institutions in their countries.
Mission Statement: The education process in the Academy is aimed at the formation of a creative attitude to the chosen major, to the development of practical skills which enable graduates to solve professional problems in the most effective way. The main object of teaching is to develop in future specialists the systemic approach to the solution of complicated technical and social situations, strategic thinking, social and professional mobility, life long striving for self-education and self-improvement.