Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra (Univerzita Konštantína Filozofa v Nitre, abbrev. UKF in Slovak) bears the name of an important figure in the history of Nitra and Slovakia - Constantine the Philosopher (also named as St. Cyril) who created the first Slavic script and translated religious texts into Old Slavic.
Currently UKF is the fourth largest university in Slovakia. It consists of five faculties:
- Faculty of Natural Sciences (Fakulta prírodných vied - FPV)
- Faculty of Social Sciences and Health Care (Fakulta sociálnych vied a zdravotníctva - FSVaZ)
- Faculty of Central European Studies (Fakulta stredoeurópskych štúdií - FSŠ)
- Faculty of Arts (Filozofická fakulta - FF)
- Faculty of Education (Pedagogická fakulta - PF)
UKF has 10 028 students together in full-time and part-time study (out of which 7 444 in full-time study) and employs 550 teachers.
The university offers a variety of study programmes at bachelor, master and doctoral level, providing strong flexibility, innovation and diversity. In addition to its strong tradition in training of teachers for primary and secondary schools, UKF also offers study programmes for future social workers, experts for cultural organizations and institutions, political scientists, catechists, journalists, archaeologists, historians, musicologists, biologists, environmentalists, mathematicians, physicists, computer scientists, psychologists, gemmologists and other professionals. The uniqueness of UKF in education is represented by teacher training programmes in Hungarian language tailor made for future teachers in the ethnically mixed areas of Slovakia and the training of teachers, social workers and public education for Roma ethnicity. The University also organizes lifelong learning courses, especially in form of supplementary/additional study as well as courses of Interest study at the University of the Third Age.