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Kharkiv University of Air-Force

Kharkiv University of Air-Force

The Ivan Kozhedub National Air Force University is a state university administered by the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine and is located in the city of Kharkiv. The university is named in honor of the Soviet military pilot Ivan Kozhedub.

Kozhedub National University of the Air Force was created on 10 September 2003 on the basis of both the Kharkiv National Air Force Institute and Kharkiv Military University.


Today Kharkiv National University has 21 Schools: the School of Biology, the School of Physics and Technology, the School of Radio Physics, the School of Physics, the School of Computer Sciences, the School of Philosophy, the School of Mechanical Engineering, the School of Geology and Geography, the School of Economics, the School of Foreign Languages, the School of History, the School of Philology, the School of Fundamental Medicine, the School of Chemistry, the School of Sociology, the School of Psychology, the School of Law, the School of International Economic Relations and Tourism, the School of Further Education and Retraining, and the School of Physics and Energy. The latter was organized together with the UNAS Institute of Mechanical Engineering.

The total University enrollment, including the students of the Center for Training International Students and the Center for Professional Education, amounts to about 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students and about 400 postgraduate students. The University employs up to 1,500 faculty and research staff, including more than 200 doctors of sciences, full professors, and almost 800 PHDs, associate professors.

Kharkiv National University offers 115 majors and minors, covering the whole scope of modern classical university education. About 30% of the University’s annual enrollment are school medal winners, another 10% are winners of the third and fourth rounds of Ukrainian school students academic competitions.

The University is one of the largest research centers in Ukraine. It covers virtually all spheres of modern fundamental research and incorporates the Research Institutes of Chemistry, Biology, and Astronomy, the Institute of Physics and Engineering, and the Institute of High Technologies. The University’s faculty include 21 academicians and corresponding members of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences and specialized academies of Ukraine, and 50 winners of the State Award.

The University has about 20 world famous scientific schools committed to intensive research, 5 Expert Examining Boards and 11 Senior Doctorate Expert Examining Board. The University’s researchers annually publish 60 to 65 monographs, collections of research papers, over 2,000 articles and abstracts, and hold 20 to 25 international conferences.

The University is the leading research organization of international several space programs. Within the framework of international programs its researchers co-operate with scientists from the USA, Canada, Russia, Germany, Turkey, China, Japan, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Great Britain and other countries.
Since 1808 the University has had its own Astronomical Observatory which is one of the leading astronomical centers of Ukraine involved in fundamental and applied research in the Physics of the Sun, the planets, asteroids, comets and satellites.

The University’s Botanical Garden was founded in 1804 and is the oldest botanical garden in Ukraine. It is a state preserve with a unique collection of plants representing various botanical and geographic zones of the world. The University’s Natural History Museum was founded in 1807 and is one of the oldest university museums in the world. Every year it opens its doors to 22,000 visitors. The total area of the Museum exhibition facilities is 2,000 square meters, and its 23 halls feature about 250,000 exhibits organized into the following sections: the Origin of Man, Darwinism, Zoology, and Geology. The University also has the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography of Slobidska Ukraine with about 150,000 exhibits.

The University’s Central Scientific Library was founded on January 30, 1805. In 1987, the decree of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine established it as an institution of special social importance. It numbers 3,500,000 units, including 50,000 unique editions (17 incunabula, over 1,000 manuscripts, 300 palaeotypes, and books by classical writers and scholars published in their lifetime).

In October 1999, according to the decree of the President of Ukraine, Kharkiv State University gained the status of a national university and was named in honor of its founder, V.N. Karazin. In 2003, following the decree of the President of Ukraine, V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University obtained the highest status of a self-governing (autonomous) state university. V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University is involved in extensive international cooperation and is an active member of the international community of the leading European and world universities. It cooperates with 61 partners in 25 countries of the world.
Together with other major European universities, in 1988 Kharkiv National University signed the Great University Charter that initiated the Bologna Process.
The University is a co-founder of the Eurasian University Association and is a member the World and the European University Associations.

In November 2004, Kharkiv University celebrated 200 years since the day of signing the Foundation Charter, and in January 2005 it marked the 200th anniversary of its foundation.

President – Bakirov, Vil Savbanovych, DSc (Sociology), Full Professor, Honored Scholar in the Field of Science and Technology of Ukraine
First Vice – President, Aleksandrov, Volodymyr Viktorovych, PhD (Economics), Full Professor.

School of Biology
School of Chemistry
School of Computer Sciences
School of Ecology
School of Economics
School of International Economic Relations and Tourism
School of Foreign Languages

School of Medicine
School of Geology and Geography
Department of Physics and Technology
School of History
School Mechanics and Mathematics
School of Law
School of Physics
School of Philology

School of Philosophy
School of Psychology
School of Physics and Energy
School of Radiophysics
School of Sociology
Institute of High Technologies
Department of Computer Science
Department of Energy Physics

Under the Soviet Union, the University of Kharkiv was decorated the Order of the Red Banner of Labour, the Order of the October Revolution and the Order of Peoples’ Friendship. According to the estimation of teaching quality, the university ranked seventh (Compass, in 2009) and fourth (Mirror Weekly, in 2007) in Ukraine. According to one of the world leading university rankings (Webometrics, in 2013),

Kharkiv National University holds the fourth position among Ukrainian universities and the 1138th position in the world. In the field of management and economics the university took the eighth place, in the field of law – the ninth, in the field of engineering – the tenth, in information technology – the eighth place in Ukraine according to the rating of “Compass” in 2009.

Kharkiv National University holds the second place in Ukraine in terms of volume of publications and citations in scientific database Scopus and the Hirsch index. In 2013, according to University Ranking by Academic Performance,  it is the best university in Ukraine and 1373rd university in the world.

Academic Time Table

The academic year at TDMU is divided into two teaching semesters.
Students are required to remain at the University until assessments for all their courses have been completed and should not make any arrangements for leaving the University before they know the dates of their examinations. The exam timetable is published towards the end of the Autumn/Spring semester.

Holidays in Ukraine

There are ten public holidays in Ukraine when offices, banks, and many shops are closed and public transport is more limited. When a public holiday falls on a weekend (e.g. Sunday), the following working day (e.g. Monday) turns into an official day off too.

Holidays in Ukraine

  • 1 January 2014 – New Year’s Day
  • 7 January 2014 – Christmas
  • 8 March 2014 – International Women’s Day
  • 20 April 2014 – Easter
  • 1 May 2014 – Labour Day
  • 2 May 2014 – Labour Day
  • 9 May 2014 – Victory Day
  • 8 June 2014 – Whit Sunday
  • 28 June 2014 – Constitution Day
  • 24 August 2014 – Independence Day