The first eastern Europe institute of higher education was in Kyiv, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy
The Kyiv-Mohyla Academy was founded in 1615 in Kyiv, and was the first in the region of its kind. In 1658 it was the first in eastern" Europe to earn the title "academy".
Open to young men from all social strata, the Academy attracted students and scholars not only from Ukraine but from many European nations. Many of its graduates continued their studies in European universities. From among those who graduated from Kiev-Mohyla Academy came forth renowned philosophers, economists, theologians, influential cultural personalities as well as important political leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Serbia, Bulgaria and other countries.