The appointment of Yuriy Polyukhovych as the acting minister was approved at a government meeting on March 10, 2020.
Yuriy Polyukhovych was born on November 1, 1980, in Kostopil, Rivne region. He received his master's degree in history in 2003 at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. He studied at the postgraduate course of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Cand. Sc. History. Author of more than 40 scientific publications.
Since 2000 he has been a representative of Ukraine to the European Association of Mayanists WAYEB.
In 2014-2016, he was a Research Fellow (Postdoctoral fellowship) at the University of California, Chico (USA). He also worked at the National Institute of Anthropology and History (Mexico).
Polyukhovych has experience of working in private companies, in which he has been involved in innovation development.
From 2014 to 2016, Polyukhovych was an adviser to the Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine on a public basis. Since 2017, he heads the Ukrainian Research Foundation NGO.
Yuriy Polyukhovych is fluent in English, Spanish and Classic Maya language (Mayan hieroglyphic language).
Earlier, on March 4, Verkhovna Rada accepted the resignation of Oleksiy Honcharuk and his government. 353 MPs voted for the corresponding draft resolution. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stated that he is not ashamed of work of the government headed by Oleksiy Honcharuk.