But this is where the resemblance ends. Once you’re in, you find yourself in the warm and comfortable surroundings of a very modern building, much like a decent hotel and nothing like the dingy, stinky dorms of my student days. The contrast is exacerbated by the sound of prayer somewhere in the depth of the building – or is my mind playing tricks on me?
This is my first time in Lviv’s UCU, the place I have heard so much about. Most of my knowledge is about conflicts between this young private university and the backward Education Ministry, and stories told by professors and managers who have made this place work since 2002, when the school was inaugurated.
By now, it has grown to have two sights, more than 850 students, a ratio of staff to full-time students of 1:3, a popular business school, and lots of ambitions. It’s still a boutique, not a supermarket, and one with a mission. It aims to be an open academic environment to raise the future professional elite in the Christian tradition.