The story of DESK dates back to the end of 2015, when Alex Volodarskiy, a postgraduate student at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and the founder of DESK, proposed Victor Dosenko, a leading scientist at Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology NAS of Ukraine, to record as an experiment several short lectures on pathophysiology and upload them online for free use.
The results surprised both of them – in several hours the number of views of such a narrow topic exceeded several thousand. Users thanked Alex and Victor for the quality of content and asked about tests and additional materials for lectures. Inspired Alex and Victor continued their collaboration, and DESK received its specific goal of becoming an affordable, effective and convenient lifelong learning tool.
«…The idea of creating DESK came after I experienced the strengths and weaknesses of the Ukrainian education system. I asked myself: is the ideal education system a myth or a reality? What does a person gets from going to university? After all, most of the educational process in the Ukrainian educational institutions is just scratching of formulas, rules, old facts, which have no practical application in real life. So what is the meaning of such “learning”? And I came to the conclusion that I want to create a system of education that would bring real benefits to people.
DESK is a fundamentally new learning environment. Every discipline you choose is not obsolete, since after acquiring any course you will receive updates with new information. You will be able to develop yourself comprehensively, because besides academic content, DESK will constantly offer new science-popular lectures on a variety of topics, as well as specialized corporate courses that will make it easier for you to work in your dream company.
In addition, you choose when you study. Indeed, in the modern world time is one of the most valuable resources that you can not buy at any cost. I hope that DESK will become the embodiment of my dream – to popularize science, to make learning interesting and to open the door for people to a better future…»
Founder of DESK
POPULARIZATION OF SCIENCE IN UKRAINE
We opened the first studio in Ukraine, where scientists and lecturers can record their lectures for free, upload them on DESK and share their scientific knowledge with the whole world!
CREATING A CONVENIENT AND MODERN LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
At DESK You choose the time and format of learning, get free updates and many useful additional materials for the chosen courses.
CLOSE COMMUNICATION OF EDUCATION AND BUSINESS
We work with some of the best employers in Ukraine who are ready to give you knowledge and skills that meet the needs of the labor market. Businessmen and industry leaders will share their expertise, management and business skills with You.
CONSTANT DEVELOPMENT FOR EVERYONE
DESK is a handy tool for your self-development throughout your life. With our numerous educational activities, online broadcasts, courses and lectures, you will never be bored.
AFFORDABILITY OF EDUCATION
When You buy any course or lecture, You pay only for the time that a lecturer has spent on recording this material. This allows us to reduce prices by almost three times the average market value.
MATERIAL ENCOURAGEMENT FOR LECTURERS
We highly value the hard work of the teacher. Our lecturers receive a significant percentage of each sold course or lecture at no cost to them.
ERADICATION OF ACADEMIC DISHONESTY, CORRUPTION, PLAGIARISM
DESK takes all possible steps to prevent fraud, cheating and bribery in the learning process.
CREATION AND SUPPORT FOR NEW EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVES
DESK is the founder and sponsor of many educational projects, such as DESK School of Science, SPECTRE, etc.