The origins of Kremenchuk Mykhailo Ostohradskyi National University
dates back to 1920. In that year the first institute of higher
education was established in Kremenchuk. It offered higher educational
courses with the Ukrainian language of teaching. The legal status
of these courses was comparable to those offered by colleges which
were considered as higher education institutions.
Later, in 1925 the courses were reorganized in Kremenchug
Pedagogical College. There were day-time and evening classes where
three different departments - preschool, school, and communist
education - prepared future nursery teachers, primary school teachers,
and pioneer leaders.
In September 1930, by the decision of the Council
of People's Commissars of Ukraine, the Kremenchuk Institute of
Social Education was opened on the same basis. There was only
the School faculty which comprised of four departments: agrobiological,
linguo-literary, technical-mathematical, and historical-economical.
The students could attend full-time, correspondence, and evening
In March 1939 the Kremenchuk Teacher Training Institute
was reorganized in Pedagogical. In September 1940 the institute
was attended by 942 full-time and correspondence students; 208
of them were first-year students of the Pedagogical Institute.
More than 100 teachers including 2 professors worked there.
Consequently, the first higher education institution
in Kremenchuk existed from September 1920 till June 1941. Unfortunately,
World War II interrupted the development of higher education within
the city. Only in 1960 did higher education in the city resume
with the creation of the general technical faculty of the Poltava
Institute of Agricultural Construction Engineers.
In 1972 the Faculty was subordinated to the Kharkiv
Road Institute. By that time it had 854 students which were trained
by 24 teachers including seven associate professors.
By 1974 the number of students had increased by 2.5
times, teaching staff had trebled. Kremenchuk GTF was transformed
into the Kremenchuk branch of Kharkiv State Polytechnic Institute.
The work of the branch was characterised by two distinct periods:
from 1974 to 1989 it offered cooperative education by either evening
classes or correspondence learning and from1989 to1997 it offered
full time studies.
On the 21st of August 1997 the Cabinet of Ministers
of Ukraine adopted a resolution “The formation of Kremenchuk State
Polytechnic Institute” which was based on the Kremenchuk branch
of Kharkiv State Polytechnical Institute, Krukiv Machine-building
College, and Kremenchuk Automotive College. Professor Maslov V.
Ye., who stood at the origins of the institute, was a Merited
Education Worker of Ukraine, and Kremenchuk Honored Citizen, was
elected to be the first rector. The institute consisted of seven
faculties which included seventeen departments. Three years later
the institute was reorganized in Kremenchuk State Polytechnic
Institute and after another three years it was accredited as third
tier higher educational institution – an acknowledgment of its
ability to provide an educational process, specialist training
and scientific research of the highest standards. During this
time, the higher educational institution has provided industrial
enterprises based in the city and Dnieper region with highly qualified
specialists; creating the technical elite of the region.
From the very beginning, the university was popular and obtained state awards. In 2001 the university won in the nomination "The University of the Twenty-first Century" and was rewarded the golden medal from European Committee for Non-governmental Organizations. Later in 2001 it became a prize winner of the International Academic Ranking of Popularity and Quality "Golden Fortune" in the nomination "The Quality of the Third Millenium" and got the Certificate and the silver medal. In January 2002 KSPU won the nomination "Educaion" in the "Top-100 Organisations of Ukraine" ranking.
According to the "Higher Education" Law of Ukraine in November 2002 the election of a new rector took place. Among several candidates the university personnel by a majority of votes elected Mykhaylo Vasylyovych Zagirnyak - Honoured Scientist of Ukraine, Doctor of Sciences, Professor, Holder of the Order of Merit of III degree, Master of Sports.
That event led to a new phase in the university's history. Rector M. V. Zagirnyak set his team a strategic goal - to achieve the key objectives which would enable the university to claim accreditation level IV. The Accreditation Program-2006 was worked out; it highlighted that the first step to the university achieving the accreditation should be the accreditation of the graduate departments to level IV. The task was rather challenging as about two thirds of the master's degree specialities had to be licenced and accredited.
On April 21, 2006 the State Accreditation Commission reviewed all the submitted documents and expert opinions, taking into account the university's high standards and rapid development, the Kremenchug State Polytechnic University was awarded the accreditation level IV. That was an outstanding achievement not only for Kremenchug State Polytechnic University, but for the whole Poltava region. The university was awarded the new, higher status that allowed students to receive a master's degree under the state demand and on a wide range of professional subjects. Such a big day came not only because of the KSPU team efforts, but due to the work of the whole city; in the past the local authorities and Kremenchuk enterprises had supported the creation of the institution of higher education.
According to the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine order no. 92-p of March 7, 2007 Kremenchuk State Polytechnic University was named after Mykhailo Ostrohradskyi.
In August 2009 our university became the first classical university in Poltava region. Previously having a word "polytechnic" in its name, the university was asserted as industry specific institution of higher education. According to the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine order (no. 910-p of August 5, 2009) it received the status of classical university (Kremenchuk State University named after Mykhailo Ostrohradskyi).
On August 21, 2010 by the decree no. 863/2010 of the President of Ukraine çà íîìåðîì ¹863/ Kremenchuk State University named after Mykhailo Ostrohradskyi was given the national status.
In 2011 the university proved the highest accreditation level IV. In 2015 Kremenchuk Mykhailo Ostrohradskyi National University celebrated the 95th anniversary of the higher education in Kremenchuk.
Studying at KrNU is carried out in two scientific institutes (The Institute of Electromechanics, Energy Saving, and Automatic Control Systems and The Institute of Mechanics and Transport), four faculties (Faculty of Electronics and Computer Engineering; Faculty of Economics and Management; Faculty of Law, Humanity and Social Sciences; Faculty of Natural Sciences), two colleges (Kremenchuk Mykhaylo Ostrohradskyi National University College; Komsomolsk Polytechnic College) and 28 departments. KrNU provides training for Bachelor's, Specialist's and Master's qualifying degrees. There is also a successful Centre for Professional Development and Adaptation.
PhD degrees can be received due to postgraduate studies in 19 program subject areas (Physics of Apparatus, Elements, and Systems; Mathematical Modelling and Computational Methods (physico-mathematical sciences); Dynamics and Durability of Machines; Pressure Working Processes and Machines; Machines for the Production of Building Materials and Constructions; Road Building and Land-reclaiming Machines; Electric Machines and Apparatus; Electrotechnical Complexes and Systems; Radiotechnical and Telecommunications Equipment; Control Processes and Systems; Information Technologies; Geotechnical and Mining Engineering; Wheel and Track Vehicles; Technology, Equipment and Production of Electronic Devices; History of Ukraine; Economics and Management of National Economy; Economics and Industry Management (by sectors of economical activity); Theory and Methodology of Professional Education; Environmental Safety). Doctor of Science Degrees can be received due to postdoctorate studies in five program subject areas (Mathematical Modelling and Computational Nethods (physico-mathematical sciences); Pressure Working Processes and Machines; Electric Machines and Apparatus; Electrotechnical Complexes and Systems; Environmental Safety). There are seven specialized academic councils for supporting postdoctorate (in four program subject areas) and PhD (in 13 program subject areas) dissertations.
Currently over 5,000 full and part-time students are educated at KrNU every year. A further 2,500 full and part-time students are educated at the two colleges every year.
There are 400 university teachers providing the study process; included in this are 51 Doctors of Science, Professors and 185 PhD, Assistant and Associate Professors. There are 13 academicians and seven corresponding members of Ukrainian Academies of Sciences, 16 holders of the state honour titles, seven winners of the State Prize of Ukraine in Science and Technics, 15 winners of the Prize of the President of Ukraine and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine for Young Researchers.
Students acquire skills in management, team-work and decision-making by involvement in self-governing institutions (i.e. students' councils and trade unions). The university created all conditions for interesting leisure time thanks to the Department of Cultural Mass Work, as well as the students' council, the students' trade union and the students' public cultural centre "Art Club". Students can also pursue their own artistic interests in 19 different classes: vocal studio, dance clubs, student's theatre, club of intellectual games, debate club, and so on. Four amateur groups have got the title of 'national'.
The university collaborates with 72 foreign higher education institutions, research institutions in 25 countries. It cooperates with numerous foreign research, educational, industrial institutions, international educational organizations, programs and funds: ERASMUS+, TEMPUS, HORIZON 2020, OPEN WORLD, DAAD, FULBRIGHT.
Since 1999 KrNU is a member of the European Association for International Education. It is also internationally connected to the US Peace Corps, the Mittweida University of Applied Sciences, Bolivarian State University, the University of Antwerp, North China Research Institute of Electronics and Optics, universities of Annaba, Ljubljana , Lublin, Mons, Bumardesa Every year students, including PhD students as well as academic staff of KrNU receive advanced international experience due to: the state programme of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine "Training Students, PhD Students, Academic Staff at Leading Higher Education Institutions and Research Institutions Abroad": International PhD seminar in Gliwice and Vistula (Poland); Open World Program of American Councils on Higher Education (USA); Master and PhD Programmes at Lanzhou Jiaotong University (China); summer practice at Matej Bell University (Slovakia); cultural exchange programmes Work and Travel (USA) and Work and Travel (Germany).
On April 19-20, 2007 by the decision of the 10th Congress of the Eurasian Universities Association held in Moscow (Russia) Kremenchuk Mykhailo Ostrohradskyi National University was admitted to the Euroasian Universities Association.
On September 21, 2007 rector of Kremenchuk Mykhailo Ostrohradskyi National University M.V. Zagirnyak signed the Magna Charta Universitatum in Bologna (Italy).
On October 24, 2007 at the European University Association in Wroclaw (Poland) the university became a full individual member.
At the Congress of the Black Sea Universities Network "Higher Education Forum" (Kyiv, April 5-8, 2008) KrNU was enrolled to this international organization.
In recent years the rapid development of the university has received good reviews from the society and state. Acknowledgement of KrNU is proved by its third place among the higher education institutions of Ukraine and a number of prize winners of the Ukrainian contest of student researches and the seventh place on the number of prize winners of the Ukrainian contests, the seventh place in TOP-10 of the higher education institutions of the Central region of Ukraine, the first place among the higher education institutions of Poltava region and the 43rd total place in the consolidated rating of the Internet-source OSVITA.UA "Ukrainian Higher Education Institution 2015" among 286 Ukrainian universities, the 55th place in TOP 200 best higher educational institutions of Ukraine held by UNESCO Department. Since 2011 the University received a lot of awards (Grand-Prize "Leader of Higher Education" and Certificate "Quality of Research Publications" on the data of SciVerseScopus in 2013; Grand-Prize "Leader of International Activity" in 2014; Grand-Prize "Leader of Scientific and Scientific-Technical Activity" and Certificate "Quality of Research Publications" in 2015) in frame of the international exhibition "Modern Education Institutions".
The university is internationally recognized according to different world rankings: QS World University Rankings (KrNU is one of 28 Ukrainian universities included herein); QS EECA Ranking Top-200 Universities in Emerging Europe and Central Asia (it is one of 14 Ukrainian universities included herein); Ranking WEB of Universities WEBOMETRICS (the 34th place among 291 Ukrainian universities); Ranking SCIVERSE according to the international scientometric database SCOPUS (the 62nd place among 128 Ukrainian universities).
Since 2005, the university takes part in the annual international exhibition "Modern Education in Ukraine" where it won three bronze medals (2006-2008); 2008 - awarded the "Leader of Modern Education"; 2009 won a gold medal for outstanding achievements in scientific and educational activities. Year 2010 brought another gold medal in the category "Introduction of Achievements of Pedagogy in Educational Practice". KrNU is a frequent member of the International exhibition "Innovations in Modern Education"; repeated participant of different competitions and winner of gold and silver medals. In these days the university researchers consistently conquer the first degree diplomas.
Since 2011 the university has been taking part in the international exhibition "Modern Education Institutions". It has won many prizes: 2013 - Grand-Prize "Leader of Higher Education" and Certificate "Quality of Research Publications" on the data of SciVerseScopus; 2014 - Grand-Prize "Leader of International Activity"; 2015 - Grand-Prize "Leader of Scientific and Scientific-Technical Activity" and Certificate "Quality of Research Publications".
The strongest evidence of our commitment to professionalism is the excellent reputation and the constant demand for our highly qualified graduates; as well as the approval of our work by the state, regional and city administrations.