the National Aerospace University "KhAI"
into European Research Area


General info


Ukraine is one of the few countries in the world involved into aerospace structures and products development and manufacturing as well as highly qualified aerospace specialists training.

The National Aerospace University “Kharkiv Aviation Institute” is a leading Ukrainian technical University and the only engineering University in Ukraine that provides a full cycle of higher education in the field of aviation and aerospace science.

The KhAI was founded in 1930. Its history is closely connected with aircraft engineering and science global development. The first in Europe passenger airplane «KhAI-1» with the retractable landing gear and the first Soviet turbojet engine were designed and produced in KhAI. Aircrafts and gliders designed by KhAI students and staff set up world records and even were produced serially and operated by USSR passenger airlines. Since 1937 a special group of KhAI researchers was involved in the first Soviet jet rockets development.

Rapid Institute development was interrupted by the World War II and evacuation to Kazan where specialists training for aircraft industry was continued. Institute was moved back to Kharkiv only in 1944 after city liberation by the Soviet Army. It took about 8 years to restore completely ruined Institute buildings and facilities.

During the second half of XX century Institute research area was continually expanded. Radio-Engineering, Aircraft Control Systems and Rocket Engineering Faculties and Students' Design Bureau were established. KhAI become a leader in explosive forming, jet burners and pulse power sources development for research and industrial application. Advance Wind Tunnels Complex and Strength Laboratory facilitated KhAI research in aerohydrodynamic and aircraft long-term structural strength areas. In 1966 the KhAI was included in the list of 26 basic higher educational institutions of the USSR.

In 1978 the KhAI was named after N. Ye. Zhukovskiy and in 1980 it received the award - the Order of Lenin for its great successes achieved in the training of highly qualified specialists and in realization of research work. Since Ukraine became an independent country in 1991, 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 Aerospace University “Kharkiv Aviation Institute”.

Since its foundation KhAI has trained more than 60 000 engineers. The University's employees are proud of the achievements gained by our scientists in the fields of supersonic aerodynamics, aircraft structural strength, aircraft and rocket engine design, aircraft control systems, etc. University's scientists inventions were patent in more than 20 countries of the world.

Today more than 12 000 students and 1 60 post-graduate students are trained at the University. 700 teachers (incl. more than 100 Professors and Doctors of Sciences, 400 Associate Professors and Candidatesof Sciences) and above2000 teaching staff members are employed at the KhAI.

The University occupies a separate area in the forest-park zone of the city (about 25 ha), which comprises eight academic buildings, two research institutions, research laboratories, the library, campus, sports complex, swimming pool, clinic of first medical aid, dining halls, etc.

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Project Funding & Support

The KhAI-ERA project is funded by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research & Innovations under the FP7 Capacities Specific Programme on International Cooperation – Grant Agreement no 294311

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