Since it was established in 1865 I.I. Mechnikov Odessa National University has played a leading role in the formation of the education system in Ukraine, as well as in the development of scientific research and cultural activities.  It is one of the oldest universities in Ukraine and has a considerable worldwide authority possessing the honorary 48th place in the world rating.

The training of students is organized at a many-level system, including bachelor, master and PhD programs. Three institutes (Institute of Mathematics, Economy and Mechanics, Institute of Social Sciences, Institute of Postgraduate Education) and ten faculties (History, Philology, Romano-German Philology, Economic-Law, Biology, Geologic-geophysics, Chemistry, Physics, and the faculty of pre-university education) secure educational process at the University.

Since 1994, Institute of Social Sciences exists as separate subdivision within the University structure. Today the ISS is one of the most dynamically developing branches of ONU, majoring in Political Sciences, Sociology or International Relations.

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