National Aerospace University “Kharkiv Aviation Institute”

About KhAI

Ukraine is one of few countries of the world where aviation and space engineering are developed and manufactured and where skilled specialists are trained in these areas. The National Aerospace University Kharkiv Aviation Institute is the leading one among the Ukrainian educational institutions which turn out such specialists.

KhAI was founded in 1930. Its history is closely connected with the development of aircraft engineering and science. The University is famous for its creation of the first in Europe high-speed airplane with a retractable landing gear and the creation of the design of the turbojet engine developed by a teacher of KhAI A. M. Liulka who afterward became the academician and designer of many structures of aircraft engines including the engine of the aircraft Su-27.

KhAI is a unique higher education institution where the airplanes developed by the Institute Design Bureau under the supervision of professor I. G. Neman were produced serially at the aircraft plants and run on passenger airlines.
In 1978 the KhAI was given the name of N. Ye. Zhukovskiy. In 1980 the Institute was awarded the order of Lenin. In 1998 the N. Ye. Zhukovskiy State Aerospace University “Kharkov Aviation Institute” was founded on the basis of the KhAI and in 2000 the University got a status of the National higher educational institution and got a name of the National Aerospace University Kharkiv Aviation Institute.

During the period of its existence, the University has trained about 60 the engineers. More than 80% of the specialists with higher education who work in Ukrainian aerospace area are the graduates of KhAI.

From 1977 to 1984 the Designer General O.K. Antonov run the department of airplane structure at KhAI.

The distinctive special peculiarity of KhAI is its close relations with the industry. At present the Designers General and heads of the largest aerospace enterprises: Ya.E. Isenberg, P.V. Balabuyev, V.A. Bogyslayev, I.V. Drenovskiy, S.M. Konyutov, F.M. Muravchenko, A.K. Mialitsa are employed at the University.

At present over 10000 thousand students and 200 post-graduate students are trained at the University; 700 teachers and 3 thousand employers work here. Among them, there are 150 Professors and Candidates of Science. Among the teachers of the University, there are also: 1 USSR State Lenin Prize winner, 7 USSR State Prize winners, 28 Ukraine State Prize winners, 11 USSR Council of Ministers Prize winners.

KhAI is a member of International Association of Universitys; Global Association, Organization of Industry and Airport Technology; it is also in the International Catalogue, as well as to the Aerospace Agency of Ukraine.

KhAI is a co-executor of some programs which are carried out with universities and companies of USA, Japan, Germany, France, Mexico and Chine. The University takes part in the program of creation of “Alfa” international space station.

In 1992 KhAI resumed the training of foreign students over 300 foreign citizens from 25 countries of Asia, Africa and America are trained annually at the University.

KhAI covers a separate territory of the city in the forest-part zone, its area amounts to about 25 hectares. The University has 8 academic buildings, research institute, and laboratories, the library with 1 million volume in stock, campus, sporty complex, swimming pool, preventurium clinic of first medical aid, dining halls, bank, children garden, etc.

Major Programs at Bachelor level

Document knowledge and information activity

Major Programs at Masters level

Duration – 1,5 – 2 years

Rules of entrance into Post Graduate and Ph.D. level at KhAI

The graduates who are going to enter the post-graduate course for training with a purpose to get a degree of Candidate of Science in engineering should have got a diploma of Master of Science or Specialist, moreover, the specialty of his/her candidate dissertation shall be related to the mainline of the basic education on which the Master’s or Specialist’s degree awarded.

KhAI is entitled to conduct the training of Ph.D. students on the large list of major subjects including those related to the aerospace area. The indicated list is attached below. Those major subjects on which the defense of the dissertation is possible to be realized at the KhAI are marked with a sign * in the list. KhAI has got a certificate of Higher Certifying Commission on each specialty. The defenses of the dissertations on the major subjects which are not marked with a sign * in the list shall not be possible; they will be realized in other higher educational institutions of Ukraine.

The training on the full-time post-graduate course lasts 3 years and on the distance instruction post-graduate course – 4 years. The graduates who are going to enter the post-graduate course should pass the entrance examinations on a major subject, foreign language (Russian or English) and philosophy.

Within the first year of study, the post-graduate students have to pass candidate examinations – candidate minimums which are obligatory under the defense of the dissertation.

Candidate minimums shall be passed on the following subjects: major subject, foreign subject, philosophy.

Each Ph.D. student shall work individually under the guidance of his/her research supervisor. Within the first year of training an aspirant jointly with his/her, the research supervisor shall definitely formulate the theme and tasks of investigations.

Within the whole period of training a Ph.D. student has to perform reference sources survey on world publications, to carry out theoretical and experimental research work, to make an analysis of research results, to prepare and publish at least 2 – 3 research articles.

At the end of training on the post-graduate course, an aspirant shall submit the dissertation on 120 x 150 A4-size sheets and to defend it in public. The public defense envisages getting positive opinions about research results from a number of scientific schools and enterprises of the aerospace industry of Ukraine and other countries.

The defense procedure, of already prepared and submitted work usually takes 2 – 4 months in dependence on the level of preparation. The presence of the Ph.D. student at his/her defense is obligatory.

According to the results of a successful defense, KhAI issues a diploma certifying the awarding of a degree of Candidate of Science of state sample to the aspirant.

KhAI has a great experience of training citizens of Germany, Mexico, Jordan, Yemen, Nigeria, and other countries on the post-graduate course.

During the period of its existence, KhAI has awarded the degree of Candidate of Science to more than 2000 Ph.D. students from Russia, Ukraine, and other countries and the degree of Doctor of Science to more than 150 persons.

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Students trained500000 +
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