National Aviation University is one of the most powerful aviation-related higher educational facilities in the world, with about 25,000 students enrolled, including nearly 1,500 foreigners from 55 countries. Rector of National Aviation University is a Candidate of Technical Sciences, Doctor of Biological Sciences, Professor, Member of the Higher School Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Honored Education Worker of Ukraine Volodymyr Isaienko.
The origin of the university dates back to aviation courses organized by Kyiv Polytechnic Institute in the late XIX century; while the independent history began in 1933 by the Resolution of the Council of People’s Commissars of the USSR; according to it Kyiv Aviation Institute was founded at the aviation department of Kyiv Polytechnic Institute.
Later its name was being changed many times: Kyiv Institute of Civil Aviation (1947), Kyiv Institute of Civil Aviation (1965), Kyiv International University of Civil Aviation (1994), National Aviation University (2000).
For 85 years of its history more than 200,000 highly skilled professionals has been trained in this higher aviation educational institution. Among them there are well-known scientists, heads of aviation companies, enterprises, organizations and institutions that provide aircraft flights, their maintenance and repair, transportation of passengers and cargo.
The university launched powerful scientific schools in the fields of management, mechanics, electronics, electrical engineering, materials science and computer technology. Their founders were Professor T. Bashta, academicians O. Kuhtenko and G. Pukhov, corresponding members O. Pen’kov, B. Malynowsky, Professors A. Grokhol’skiy, L. Il’nytsky and others.
Among our alumni and staff are renowned scientists and aviation designers, military and government figures, production managers and educators. The pride of the university is its graduate, outstanding scientist in the field of aviation and space, general designer of rocket and space systems, Academician Volodymyr Mykolayevych Chelomey. For many years, brilliant aircraft designer Oleg Antonov has fruitfully cooperated with the University. NAU is proud of its alumnus, President of the Board of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Benard Aliu Olumiwa.
Due to the national and international recognition of the significant contribution to the development of national higher education and science, and by the Decree of the President of Ukraine, Leonid Kuchma granted national status to the University in September 2000.
The main competitive advantage of the university both in the Ukrainian and global educational markets is its aviation component. The university trains future pilots, unmanned aerial vehicle operators, groundhandlers for aviation equipment and aircraft engines, air traffic controllers and engineers, on-board equipment and avionics specialists, radio electronics experts, designers of modern airports, airfields, aviation and logistics experts, cybersecurity and systems diagnostics specialists, environmentalists, economists, lawyers, psychologists, physicians, and other specialists. Thanks to NAU’s international collaboration with world’s leading universities, our students are able to participate in internships and get dual diplomas.
Educational process is ensured by a team of highly qualified scholars and teachers. Part of our team is a correspondent member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) of Ukraine, 23 academicians of state sectoral academies of sciences, four academicians and 26 corresponding members of the Higher School Academy of Sciences, 17 honored workers of science and technology, 15 honored workers of education, three honored lawyers, two honored industry workers, an honored economist, four honored transport workers, an honored inventor, an honored mechanical engineer, an honored metrologist, two honored cultural workers, an honored social worker, an honored agricultural worker, and a people’s architect.
Today the university includes five institutes, ten faculties, Department of Military Training, six colleges, two lyceums, and Flight Academy in Kropyvnytskyi. The Pearl of the University is one of the largest aviation training hangars in Europe. Also at NAU there is a training airfield and a field for aviation ground engineering, training complexes, educational and scientific aerodynamic complex based on a subsonic wind tunnel TAD-2. The campus consists of 11 dormitories, a canteen able to host up to 1,000 people, an Internet cafe, a student’s Bistro, a health center, equipped with modern diagnostic and medical equipment, a disease prevention department, a culture and arts center with 1,500 seats, and a sports center. The book stock of NAU Scientific and Technical Library consist of more than 2.6 million books.
Our gifted youths, our young scientists have been repeatedly noted by President of Ukraine, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the Committee on State Prizes of Ukraine in Science and Technology, and many charity foundations.
Developments of the Scientific Production UAV Center “Virazh” have been presented at numerous international exhibitions around the world. The center has developed seven types of unmanned aerial systems: from ultra-light models to those with a payload of up to 70 kg.
Among our partners are Ukraine’s leading aviation enterprises: State Aviation Service, State Space Agency, Antonov State Enterprise, Ukroboronprom, the Boryspil International Airport, the Kyiv International Airport, the Odesa International Airport), UIA, and SE Plant 410 of Civil Aviation.
The NAU Diploma has been and remains the hallmark of quality and professional excellence and is recognized as competitive in many countries.