By: The PH Team
Transnistria, once part of the Soviet Union, is an unrecognized country internationally recognized as part of neighbouring Moldova.
Sandwiched between Moldova and the Ukraine, and without a functioning international airport, Transnistria is dependant on a lifeline to the outside world through one of these two recognized states.
Tourism to Transnistria is limited and is not on the radar for most travellers to Europe. Although it is in fact the closest unrecognized country to the European Union, the number of international tourists who actually make it here are few.
Shevchenko Transnistria State University
The Shevchenko Transnistria State University is the biggest and primary university in Tiraspol, the capital of the unrecognized country of Transnistria.
The original university in Tiraspol, was founded in 1930 as the Institute of public education in the Moldavian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, within the USSR.
Named in honor of the Ukrainian poet and painter 'Taras Shevchenko,' it was renamed during his 125th anniversary celebration in 1939.
In 1992, at the end of the Transnistria War, the university was moved to Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, where it continues to function under the name of 'Universitatea de Stat din Tiraspol (UST).'
As such, the university was essentially split into two separate factions, both claiming to be the original university founded during the Soviet Union in 1930.
The original campus in Tiraspol, Transnistria is in fact a university located in an unrecognized country and therefore the university itself, including its degrees, remain largely unrecognized around the world.