Monday, July 31, 2017

UNIT Factory (Ukrainian National IT Factory)

UNIT Factory (Ukrainian National IT Factory) is a new educational institution located in Kyiv, where next-generation IT professionals are trained. Graduates of UNIT Factory receive a demanded profession that will allow them to participate in large-scale projects of the digital age.
Training according to the innovative system that operates successfully at École 42 in Paris*:
  • Peer-to-Peer method (P2P) — no teachers, schedules, lecture notes or traditional marks
  • teamwork and project-based learning
  • gamification, as in role-playing computer games: students upgrade their skills, open new levels and gain experience
  • skills of self-learning 
  • soft skills
  • open 24/7
* A similar system is used at School 42 in Silicon Valley (Fremont, California).

Training at UNIT Factory is free of charge to graduates who agree to work in Ukraine for the further three years.
Training lasts up to three years, but the course allows students to work at their own pace and rhythm, so it is possible to graduate earlier.

The students' selection process:
  • registration on unit.ua
  • online test
  • personal interviews
  • one month trial period ("pool")
UNIT Factory is open to anyone who is between 18 and 30, without regard to any academic criteria (diplomas, marks, etc.).

First enrollment (2016):
  • more than 13,000 applications; 
  • 600 candidates underwent the trial period; 
  • 280 people accepted into UNIT Factory in November 2017;
  • most of those enrolled are between 18 and 23 years;
  • among the first wave of students, 61% had only elementary level of programming before UNIT Factory, and 16% had no programming knowledge.
2017 selection process has already started. By the end of 2017 the number of students will be increased to 800.

UNIT Factory was initiated by Vasyl Khmelnytsky's K.Fund in partnership with the French École 42. The institution is the key element of the UNIT.City innovation park's ecosystem.

UNIT Factory's website: www.unit.ua