The NAU “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 “Kharkiv Aviation Institute”.
- Faculty of Aircraft Engineering
- Faculty of Aircraft Engines’
- Faculty of Aircraft Control Systems
- Faculty of Rocket & Space Engineering
- Faculty of Aircraft Radio electronic Systems
- Faculty of Economics & Management
- Faculty of Humanities
- Faculty for International Students
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 NAU 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 1000 foreign citizens from 40 countries of Asia, Africa and America are trained annually at the University.
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