Many young Ukrainians go to universities to get any diploma, basing their choice not on personal skills or prospects, but rather availability at popular institutions.
© Kostyantyn Chernichkin
Heading to university at the ages of 17 or even 16, Ukrainians often try to earn diplomas that are irrelevant to their professional careers. To make up for this they then have to enroll in a second, much costlier degree. Yet endemic corruption and a poor level of education mean that even a well-picked diploma can be of little help.