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National Mining University of Ukraine-Dnepropetrovsk

On June 16, 2009 the National Mining University – the first higher mining educational institution of our country – celebrated its 110-th anniversary. The history of the University reflects not only economic development of a big southern region of the state, scientific and technical progress, but its public, political and cultural life. One can find a similar higher educational institution in terms of profile diversity and high quality of training specialists for the national economy, scientific potential of professors, and richness of the traditions. But there are not many institutions in the country, which scientific and cadre potential laid the basis for more than two tens of educational institutions and scientific-research institutes. Among them there are Dnipropetrovsk Institute of Chemistry and Technology (1930), Dnipropetrovsk Metallurgical Institute (1930), Northern-Caucasian Mining and Metallurgical Institute (1931), Scientific-Research Chemistry Institute named after Melikishvilli in Tbilisi (1929), Moscow Welding Institute (1925), All-Union Scientific-Research Designing Technological Institute of Pipe Industry (1929), Institute of Physical Chemistry named after Pisarzhevskiy in Kiev (1927), and others. To crown it all, this institution became the first higher educational institution in the whole Katerinoslav Region.

The ceremony of Katerinoslav Higher Mining College (KHMC) opening was conducted on October 12, 1899. At the beginning Mining Higher Mining College had two departments – mining and factory ones, but their academic curricula differed slightly (only in number of hours in some disciplines).

The curriculum according to “Statute of KHMC” foresaw 23 disciplines: God’s study, higher mathematics, analytical mechanics, construction mechanics, applied mechanics, mine-factory mechanics, physics, chemistry, electrical mechanics, mineralogy, geology and science on deposits, geodesy, mining art, ore and coal dressing, surveying, metallurgy, technology of metals, drawing and drawing geometry, accounting and mine-factory economy, technical translations from German and French, first aid at accidents. The training process was provided by 13 teachers.

At the very beginning there was founded a two department library, a mineralogical museum, chemical, mechanical and probe laboratories, cabinets in each disciplines. Nevertheless the College had a lot of problems for a long time. Ten years after KHMC establishment there were only 9 teachers, and a stable cadre leakage took place. This made it urgent to equal the Technical School in rights with higher educational institutions and to turn it into Katerinoslav Mining Institute. On June 19, 1912 the State Legislative body adopted a bill on restructuring the KHMC into Mining Institute since July 1. At that time there worked outstanding scientists, mainly graduates from Saint-Petersburg Mining Institute. They were Ya. Grdina, V. Guskov, S. Zaborovskiy, L. Ivanov, N. Lebedev, P. Leontovskiy, V. Makovskiy, L. Pisarzhevskiy, M. Protodiakonov, P. Rubin, A. Terpigorev, M. Fedorov, S. Sharbe. 

The publications of scientific works in technical periodical journals, monographs, study books, atlases testified of high scientific potential of the educational institution. The KHMC systematically edited “News of Katerinoslav Higher Mining College” since 1905. Up to 1917 there had been edited 23 collections of “News”, published about 500 scientific works including monographs and study books. In the period of the educational institution formation there were established scientific schools and directions: Ya. Grdina became one of the founders of cybernetics, A. Terpigorev and V. Protodiakonov – the school of mining, V. Guskov – mineral dressing, Leontovskiy – the school of surveying, geodesy and geometry of deposits, M. Lebedev – geology and stratigraphy of Donbass, P. Rubin – metallurgy and coke chemistry, L. Pisarzhevskiy - electron chemistry.

In 1918 Katerinoslav Mining Institute opened two new departments: Surveying (closed in 1921) and Geological Prospecting, and obtained the right to award the scientific degree through public defense of scientific dissertation. In 1921 there was created the Mechanical Faculty with two departments: Mining-Factory and Electrical Engineering. The implementation of new specialties was dictated by industry development. Besides, a Working Faculty was opened.

Beginning since 1930 Mining Institute started training specialists only for mining industry and geological prospecting works. In 1932 there were established faculties instead of the departments: Mining, Electrical Engineering, Geological-Surveying.

In 1920-1930 the process of forming scientific schools was continued. Though during the 30-th Dnipropetrovsk Mining Institute lost a significant part of its cadre staff (about 30 persons, among which there were outstanding professors) because of political repressions.

The Great Patriotic War in 1941-1945 recruited to the front about 300 teachers, staff members, students only on its first days. The institute evacuated to Sverdlovsk and Karaganda, brought a significant part of its equipment and the scientific staff for Sverdlovsk Mining Institute and the Filial of Moscow Mining Institute, which by that time had come to Karaganda too. A great deal of the teaching staff of Dnipropetrovsk Mining Institute occupied engineering positions at mining enterprises of the Urals and Republics of Middle Asia.

The activity of the Institute was renewed in 1943, first – in Karaganda, and later – in Dnipropetrovsk. Destroyed educational facilities and laboratories were under reconstruction. Those who survived were coming back from the front. By 1951/1952 academic year there had been completely renewed all the buildings of the Institute, put into operation a boring experimental study range, laboratories, dormitories. In 1951 there was established the Mine-Construction Faculty. Scientific elaborations of the Institute’s teaching staff, student diploma projects of that period were subordinated to the problems of renewing Donetsk, Kryvyi Rig and Nikopol-Marganets basins. On November 21, 1949 Dnipropetrovsk Mining Institute was awarded with the Order of the Red Banner of Labor and a number of its staff members received the highest government awards (26 orders and 17 medals) for scientific achievements and success in training engineering and technical staff for the national economy.

By the 50-th anniversary the Institute had 165 professors, associate professors and lecturers, 34 departments, 22 laboratories, 25 cabinets, a geological museum, library, experimental study range and study experimental workshops. At 4 faculties there studied 1942 students by 9 specialties.

In the 60-th new-built educational and educational-laboratory buildings, three multistoried dormitories for students and post-graduate students, educational-production workshops, a sport building, facilities of an educational-geodesic experimental study range in the village of Orlovschina were put into operation.

In 1970 at Dnipropetrovsk Mining Institute there worked 474 teachers, including 34 professors. The amount of graduating engineers equaled 1200 persons. The amount of specialists prepared by full-time education was increasing, though part-time and extramural study forms also functioned.

In May 1993 according to the results of State accreditation Dnipropetrovsk Mining Institute gained the status of an autonomous IV-accreditation level state higher educational institution and the name of the State Mining Academy of Ukraine. In 1997, the President of Ukraine issued a decree to award the Academy the national status. In February 2002 the institution was restructured into the National Mining University. Today it is one of the leading higher educational institution of the country in geological prospecting and mining fields. The University graduates possess the knowledge in modern computer technologies, and are capable of solving complicated problems of industry, economics and law development.

At the University there are 53 departments (27 of which are major-based) united into 9 faculties of full-time education, Institute of Extramural and Distance Learning, post-graduate and doctoral courses, Interbranch Institute of Continuing Learning, Scientific and Research Unit, Ukrainian-American Linguistic Center, Linguistic Center, Ukrainian German Cultural Center, Ukrainian-Spanish-Latin-American Center, Center for Ukrainian-Polish Cooperation, Energy Saving and Energy Management Center, Prydniprovsk Science-and-Technology Center of Information Protection, Ukrainian-American Lyceum, Marganets College, Pavlograd Technical School, Motor Transport Technical School.

At the University there study 12000 students, post-graduate and doctoral students in 27 modern specialties. The licensed amount of student admission for entering the University is 1400 students. The academic process is provided by 600 teachers including more than 100 Doctor of science, professors and 350 Candidate of Science, associate professors. A high quality of education is guaranteed due to the developed infrastructure of the University (general area of constructions and buildings is 126049 square meters estimated at 29,8 mln. hryvna cost), modern computer basis (more than 1000 modern computers) local and global computer nets, library funds with more than one million of volumes, strong material and technical laboratory basis, newest technologies of education.

Over 100 years of University existence more than 56000 highly qualified specialists have been prepared, more than 500 monographs and 250 study-books widely known beyond Ukraine have been issued. There have been trained about 150 Doctors of science and more then 1750 Candidates of science. The University Scientists are authors of more than 2600 inventions in foreign countries, where they obtained more than 300 patents. Over the last time 4 fundamental elaborations of University’s scientists have been recognized as scientific discoveries.

Department of International Relations (DIR) is a separate structural division of the State Higher Education Institution «National Mining University». The main objective of the Department is ensuring effective international activity of the University, mutual and task-specific collaboration with educational and research institutions in different countries, creation and development long-term relations with foreign partners on the basis of parity and mutual interest, exchange of intellectual resources, development of academic mobility and strengthening intercultural and business relations.

Main directions of DIR activity:

  • Planning and development proposals for the development of international relations at the university;
  • Establishing academic, scientific and technical, and if necessary, monetary and financial relations with foreign partners;
  • Organization of academic exchanges for University students, researchers and professionals and their participation in international symposia, conferences, etc.;
  • Organization of international negotiations and business meetings;
  • Coordination of work and reporting of University divisions subordinated to Vice-Rector for international relations;
  • Control of the current work on international projects carried out in the University;
  • Participation University in international projects and programs, control the current work on international projects carried out by the University;
  • Planning perspective plans of DIR activity;
  • Coordination of work with foreign partners and participation in the development of relations with foreign partners;
  • Ensuring relations with services of international cooperation of the city, region, other public and private institutions and universities in Ukraine and other countries;
  • Management in the sphere of establishing offices of foreign companies, organizations and other institutions associated with international activities at the University.