|Tikva’s University Program|
Established in 2003, the Jewish University of Odessa provides graduates of Tikva's homes and schools the opportunity to pursue a higher education that would otherwise be unattainable because of financial limitations and traumatic childhoods. Tikva operates a five-year university-level study program for students ages 17-23. Accredited by Crimea State University and Odessa University, the program offers a diversified secular and religious curriculum with an emphasis on civic leadership opportunities.
Degree paths include psychology, foreign languages, early childhood education, law, business management and Jewish studies (including Hebrew, Jewish history, Jewish literature, Jewish traditions and Jewish music). Classes are small and feature highly personalized attention, increased instructional time, as needed, and especially qualified administrators and instructors. Particularly unique, the program instills a strong sense of civic responsibility, particularly towards the Jewish community in the region.
The Jewish University of Odessa not only provides opportunity for those interested in exploring their own Jewish backgrounds, but also establishes a significant precedent in a region where numerous academic Jewish institutions existed and were destroyed. For a Jewish community that has risen from the ashes of Nazism and Communism, Jewish academic learning and the development of communal leadership skills is an integral part of rebuilding the infrastructure of this once vibrant epicenter of Jewish education and culture.
The Jewish University of Odessa has an enrolment rate of 250 students. It is the first university level Jewish institution in southern Ukraine since the Second World War. Fifty two percent of its students are from Tikva's homes and schools while forty eight percent come from the broader community (80% of the latter group come from deprived socio-economic circumstances).