One of the major tasks any country faces is promotion and development of education. The rapid changes in the world of today put an ever increasing pressure on the requirements modern education must meet. Ukraine, as a country that has recently gained independence fully realizes the importance of providing adequate education for its citizens. In addition to the established types and forms of education, new ones are being developed and implemented.
A considerable number of private schools and universities hove sprung. As a response to on acute need for a body that would streamline educational processes at the domestic and international levels, the International Personnel Academy was set up in Kyiv in 1991. It is an international non-governmental, non-profit organization, a member of the European network of the academic recognition and mobility of the Council of Europe and of the UNESCO At present, there are over 400 collective and Individual members from 26 countries of the world in the International Personnel Academy (abbreviated: IPA. The IPA president is professor Heorhiy Shchokin, M.A, in psychology and Ph.D. in sociology, deputy director general of the International Biographical Association (England), vice-governor of the American Biographical Institute (USA).
The major directions of the IPA work are as follows:
raising the educational level of nations;
organizing conferences, seminars and lectures;
introducing International standards of education,
creating new open universities and educational centres;
publishing and research;
international non governmental accrediting of educational establishments;
confirming education certificates in accordance with international standards.

Leonid Kravchuk, Ukraine's first president, receiving the IPA Order for the development of science and education.
Collective IPA members include prestigious educational establishments, research, business and non-governmental organizations. Among them are: the Inter-Regional Academy of Personnel Management, Ukraine; the Institute of Modern Studies, Belarus; the Kishinev Theological Academy, Moldova; the Kazakh National University of Technology, Kazakhstan; the Azerbaijan Institute of Civil Engineering, Azerbaijan; the Institute of World Economy, Russia; the Bucharest University of Ecology, Rumania; the Agricultural Institute, Hungary; the London Diplomatic Academy, United Kingdom; the International Open University, USA. Among individual members of the IPA one finds prominent stale and public figures, diplomats and politicians, scientists and teachers, businessmen and managers from Austria, Azerbaijan, Argentina, Belarus, UK, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Rumania, Ukraine, USA, South Korea and other countries.

Askar Akayev, president of Kyrgyzstan, receiving the IPA Order for the development of science and education.

Hennady Udovenko, ex-chairman of the UN General Assembly.

L. Kravchuk, the first president of Ukraine, A. Akayev, president of Kyrgyzstan, H. Aliyev, president of Azerbaijan, Yu. Dubinin, Russian ambassador to Ukraine, N. Iskaliyev, Kazakh ambassador to Ukraine, Zh. Saadan-bekov, Kyrgyz ambassador to Ukraine, M. Chachava, Georgian ambassador to Ukraine, H. Udovenko, former Ukrainian foreign minister and ex-chairman of the UN General Assembly, D. Tkach, deputy foreign minister of Ukraine, Ya. Dulkevych, Peace Corps director in Ukraine, N. Low, director general of the International Biographical Centre, UK are members of the IPA, as well as dozens of other distinguished political and public figures of today's world. One of the lPA Iines of activity is rating of educational establishments. There are so many institutions of higher learning that many young people find it difficult to choose a school they want to be enrolled at. The IPA annually conducts rating surveys along the lines worked out by the Institute of Sociology of The Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. In 1998, for example, the Kyiv National Shevchenko University and the Inter-Regional Academy of Personnel Management (IAPM, the biggest non-government-run educational institution) were recognized as the best institutions of higher learning in Ukraine. Another sphere of the IPA activity is training provided at post-graduate doctorate correspondence courses. The IPA does it in cooperation with its collective member in different countries. In the past few years, many businessmen, bankers, government officials and employees, managers from several countries of the world have been trained at these courses and have been awarded doctorate degrees in personnel management, economics, finances, law, sociology, psychology, pedagogics.

One of the major lines of the IPA work is improvement of what is called "open", that is easily accessible, forms of higher education which include different kinds of postal tuition and studies by correspondence, and which are gaining an ever wider acceptance in the world. In view of a growing number of Ukrainians who wish to go to study or work abroad, a need has arisen to confirm the validity of documents and diplomas these people must have to be given work abroad or to be enrolled at a foreign educational institution. For this purpose, the IPA has set up a centre of academic recognition and mobility which carries out expert examination and "nostrification", that is official confirmation of documents, diplomas and certificates of education and scientific degrees in accordance with the conventions of the Council of Europe and UNESCO. In 1998 alone, 1800 such documents and diplomas were confirmed, 695 for citizens of Ukraine and 1144 for graduates of universities which are collective members of the IPA. The IPA has established its own awards, the highest being the international order given for Promotion of Science and Education. Awards are bestowed upon heads of stales and governments, leading political and public figures, heads of big international organizations for their personal contribution to the development and promotion of science and education, and also for promoting international cooperation in these spheres. Among the awardees are L.Kravchuk, the first president of Ukraine, presidents of Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Tatarstan and other notable political and public figures. Other medals and honorary titles of the IPA (IPA Honorary Academician among them) have been bestowed upon minister of education, heads of prestigious educational institutions, religious figures promoting education. The names of the awardees are entered into the IPA Book of Glory and into the IPA Who's Who which are sent to all the major libraries of the world.

Heidar Aliyev, president of Azerbaijan, receiving the IPA Order for the development of science and education

IPA conference at the UN representation in Ukraine; from left to right: H.Shokin, IPA president; P.Villanueva, UN coordinator in Ukraine; V.Kremin, Pedagogical Academy pressident; D.Tkach, deputy foreign minister of Ukraine.

The IPA has already gained a wide enough recognition which continues to grow wider. The IPA welcomes cooperation with individuals and organizations in many spheres of activity. The IPA representations are already functioning in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Cyprus, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Rumanias, USA and in several cities of Ukraine. The number of representations and IPA members never stops to grow. Join us.

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