Ukraine is one of few countries of the world where aviation and space engineering are developed and manufactured and where skilled specialists are trained for these areas. The National Aerospace University Kharkiv Aviation Institute is the leading one among the Ukrainian educational institutions which turn out such specialists.
The 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 teacher of the KhAI A. M. Liulka who afterwards became the academician and designer of many structures of aircraft engines including the engine of the aircraft Su-27.
Kharkiv National Aerospace University “Kharkiv Aviation Institute” (NAU “KhAI”) not only offers high quality services in education and science to its students and partners, but also expanding its activities in the international arena, while strengthening the existing relationships. Every year NAU “KhAI” is visited by foreign delegations which propose cooperation in research and education. A growing number of international programs and projects are carried out by the university. Recently, scientific laboratories of NAU “KhAI” complete a number of developments in the field of high technologies together with well-known enterprises and research institutions in France, Germany, Finland, Israel, Australia and other.
Thanks to the administration and staff the University is well-known in world educational and scientific community. National Aerospace University “KhAI” is a member of the International Association of Universities IAU / UNESCO, the European association of aviation scientists (EASN), European aviation partnership of universities PEGASUS. In 2010 NAU “KhAI” has joined the Great Charter of Universities (Magna Charta Universitatum), and in 2011 it joined the International Association of technical universities of the CIS.
The University implemented a unique educational and research programs with various international institutions. Through these programs students and teachers of NAU “KhAI” have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and enrich the experience of studying abroad and communicating with foreign colleagues. National Aerospace University “KhAI” conducts joint training of Ukrainian students with the Turin Polytechnic University (Italy) and the University of Otto von Guericke (Germany) and joint training of Chinese students with Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (China). According to the agreement between NAU “KhAI” and the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics students and postgraduates of NAU “KhAI” participate the scholarship program for Masters and Postgraduates. The University every year admits foreign students to its summer school in several areas of the aerospace sector. Every year NAU “KhAI” increases the number of agreements with foreign universities and institutions wishing to implement student exchange with KhAI.
The University is actively involved in the fundraising. Together with European partners it received the highest number in Ukraine of scientific and educational grants TEMPUS FP-7 and the European Union. Currently, the University is participating in fundraising program ERASMUS + together with partners. Students and teachers of NAU “KhAI” participate in a such programs as DAAD, Fulbright, ERASMUS + etc. Every year more than 200 students and teachers go abroad to participate in educational and research activities.
University is popular among foreign students. Now the university trains more than 1,400 foreign students from 45 countries on different directions.
The 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, library will 1 ml 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
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 a 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, more over the specialty of his/her candidate dissertation shall be related to the main line of the basic education on which the Master’s or Specialist’s degree awarded.
The KhAI is entitled to conduct the training of PhD students on the large list of major subjects including those related to aerospace area. The indicated list is attached below. Those major subjects on which the defense of dissertation is possible to be realized at the KhAI are marked with a sign * in the list. The KhAI has got a certificate of Higher Certifying Commission on each specialty.
The training on the full-time post-graduate course lasts 3 years. The graduates who are going to enter the post-graduate course should pass the entrance examinations on 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 defense of dissertation.
Candidate minimums shall be passed on the following subjects: major subject, foreign subject, philosophy.
Each PhD student shall work individually under the guidance of his/her research supervisor. Within the first year of training an aspirant jointly with his/her research supervisor shall definitely formulate the theme and tasks of investigations.
Within the whole period of training an PhD student has to perform reference sources survey on world publications, to carry out theoretical and experimental research work, to make 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 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 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 of the . The presence of the PhD student at his/her defense is obligatory.
According to the results of successful defense the KhAI issues a diploma certifying the awarding of a degree of Candidate of Science of state sample to the aspirant.
The KhAI has a great experience of training citizens of Germany, Mexico, Jordan, Yemen, Nigeria and other countries on post-graduate course.
During the period of its existence the KhAI has awarded the degree of Candidate of Science to more than 1000 PhD students from Russia, Ukraine and other countries and the degree of Doctor of Science to more than 150 persons.