Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian University was founded on the base of Ivano-Frankivsk State Pedagogical Institute in 1992. This provided new opportunities for qualitative and quantitative reformatting of the educational field.
In 1994 opening of the specialty “Chemistry” on the base of the Physics and Mathematics Faculty was dictated, on the one hand, a logical continuation for formation structure of a classical University and on the other hand, the needs of industry (chemical plants of Kalush, Ivano-Frankivsk, Nadvirna, Dolyna) and education (schools, vocational training institutions) of the Western region of Ukraine in highly qualified specialist chemists.
At that time, there were no enough material base and specialists for the organization of educational process and research works in special chemical disciplines at the higher educational institution. Time and investments (about 45 million UAH) required for building and equipping of the educational and laboratory building. Therefore, the then rector of the University, prof. Kononenko V.I. and a chief engineer of OJSC “Oriana”, doctor of technical sciences Khaber M.V. have decided to use educational and laboratory building of the Kalush Chemical and Technological College (KCTC) and laboratories of plants OJSC “Oriana”, SRI “Halurgy” to provide training of the specialty “Chemistry”. With this end in view, scientific and technological and teaching staff were involved from educational institutions and enterprises of Kalush and Ivano-Frankivsk.
By the decision of the Academic Council of the Precarpathian University (protocol № 1 on August 30, 1994) was established the Department of Chemistry on the base of KCTC in Kalush. The Head of the Department was appointed Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor Khaber M.V., who was also the first Deputy Chairman of the Board of OJSC “Oriana”.
The first teachers of the Department were Associate Professors, Ph.D. Shyichuk A.V., Ph.D. Kurhanskyy V. S., Ph.D. Kurta S.A., Ph.D. Khoma M.I., Ph.D. Bezhenar V.P., and the best teachers of the Kalush Chemical and Technological College such as Boiko V.P., Holubovska V.S., Koretska H.R., engineers Yatsiv O.V. and Berezhnytska I.S. were invited to work as a part-time.