National Aerospace University – Kharkiv Aviation Institute

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National Aerospace University – Kharkiv Aviation Institute (Ukrainian: Національний аерокосмічний університет імені М. Є. Жуковського «Харківський авіаційний інститут», ХАІ; KhAI) is a university in Ukraine which specializes in aviation and space engineering. The KhAI was founded in 1930.


The KhAI was founded in 1930 on the basis of aviation division of the Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute. In 1941-44 it was evacuated to Kazan.

Its history is closely connected with the development of aircraft engineering and science in the Soviet Union. 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.

The KhAI is a unique higher educational 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.

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

In 1978 the KhAI was given the name of N. Ye. Zhukovskiy. In 1980 the institute was awarded with the order of Lenin. In 1998 the N. Ye. Zhukovskiy State Aerospace University “Kharkiv Aviation Institute” was founded on the basis of the KhAI and in 2000 the University got a status of the National higher education institution and was renamed the National Aerospace University AKA Kharkiv Aviation Institute.

Students and faculty[edit]

The university has trained about 60,000 engineers. More than 80% of the specialists with higher education who work in Ukrainian aerospace area are the graduates of the KhAI.

At present about 9500 students and 160 post-graduate students are trained at the university; 650 teachers and 2.5 ths employers work here. Among them there are 120 professors and candidates of science. Among the teachers of the university there is one USSR State Lenin Prize winner, seven USSR State Prize winners, 28 Ukraine State Prize winners, 11 USSR Council of Ministers Prize winners.

In 1992 the KhAI resumed the training of foreign students over 500 foreign citizens from 40 countries of Asia, Africa and America are trained annually at the University.

Memberships and programs[edit]

The KhAI is a member of International Association of Universities; Global Association, Organization of Industry and Airport Technology; it is in the International Catalogue and belongs to the Association of higher education institutions of Kharkiv city INTERVUZ, as well as to the Aerospace Agency of Ukraine.

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


The KhAI covers a separate territory of the city in the forest-part zone of about 25 hectares. The university has eight academic buildings, research institute and laboratories, library will 1 million volumes, sports complex, swimming pool, preventurium clinic of first medical aid, dining halls, bank, children garden, nice landscape view, etc.


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