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Moscow Aviation Institute (National Research University)

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Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI) was founded in 1930 when institutions which specialized in aviation became advanced enough to join into one aircraft engineering education center

The present-day MAI is a unique institute of higher education where a thorough theoretical knowledge combines with various practical skills. More than 120 laboratories, 3 student design offices, numerous computer centers, an experimental-design factory, and an aerodrome are available for our students.

In 1993 Moscow Aviation Institute was given one more name: “State Technological University”.

Until the present, the development of Russian aeronautics and astronautics was based mostly on the activities of institute professors and alumnus.

More than 130,000 students including 1,000 international students from 40 countries have graduated from MAI after its foundation in 1930. During the early 1930’s, MAI amounted to only 290 students in 2 schools.

But now at the beginning of the twenty first century, our university of aerospace technologies consists of more than 2,300 professors and lecturers including both 450 full-professors (DSc) and 1100 associate professors (PhD) who teach more than 20,000 undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students at 10 schools, 3 institutes, and 4 branches of the University.

Our university includes among its alumni about 100 general and chief designers, 43 members and associate members of the Russian academy of science, 250 State and Government Prize laureates, and 20 cosmonauts who spent a total of 12 years in outer space.

The designers Tupolev A.N. (class “TU” aircraft), Mikoyan A.I. (class “MIG” aircraft), Jakovlev A.S. (class “JAK” aircraft) were the first Institute professors. Well-known academicians, scientists and several astronauts number amongst MAI alumni.

Moscow Aviation Institute is a large scientific research center. Significant scientific ideas are developed here; new technological principles are discovered; new devices are invented and constructed. Five fundamental scientific discoveries for dynamic systems have been patented; the optoelectronic device “Photon” designed here is now operating in outer space; innovative power sources based on new principles invented and constructed here are currently used in aircraft and aerospace system units, etc.

In October 2009, the MAI was ranked among the 12 best universities of the Russian Federation. The rank of a “National research university ” was conferred to our institute by decision of the Russian Government.

All University staff and students can join in this work in the creation or design of new engines and devices, and even new flight vehicles; 14 types of them are wide world known for 6 records in aviation sports. Recently the new superlight small-size aircraft “Aviatica” was designed and constructed in MAI by staff and students. This aircraft is now indispensable for certain conditions and thus is in very great demand in this country and abroad. Now there are about 200 pieces of “Aviatica” aircraft in the sky all over the world, and this vehicle was completely created and produced in MAI.

The total of Moscow Aviation Institute alumni number in the hundreds of thousands. They work in design offices, plants, repair shops, scientific research institutes, universities, laboratories, aviation companies, in the center for Astronauts Training and other aircraft and aerospace engineering and technological institutions.

Since 2007 the Moscow Aviation Institute has been headed by Professor Anatoliy N. Geraschenko, Doctor of Science. He is a 1977 MAI graduate.

MAI international students on the occasion of the “Day of knowledge” which is celebrated on the 1st of September.

Prof. Anatoly Gerashenko, MAI Rector, and Dr. Vitaly Miknis, vice-rector for International affairs, are exchanging souvenirs with Dr. Hur Byung Ki, Chairman of Korea Polytechnic Colleges (KOPO) after signing of a MOU.

The outbreak of MAI international activity dates back to 1991–1992, when the institute was allowed to establish international contacts. At that time an international department was established at the institute. The department was assigned following objectives: to enroll students, post-graduate students and trainees for studying branches available and to establish academic and scientific ties with the leading higher education institutes and aerospace organizations all over the world.

International activity is currently provided by the International cooperation department which consists of two divisions: the Office of International programs which is responsible for foreign relations, and the International Services Office which is in charge of foreign students, post-graduate students and trainees being educated in the institute. Having started from 2 international students in 1992 the international cooperation department managed to make significant progress. It suffices to say that:

  • Approximately 1200 foreign students, post-graduate students and trainees from 38 countries, such as Algeria, Bangladesh, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, the Union of Myanmar, Thailand, India, Mexico, Mongolia, Peru, France, the United States of America, Turkey, Brazil, the CIS countries and others are being educated at the institute;
  • more than 32 international agreements with various organizations from 9 countries are in force;
  • more than 200 official foreign delegations have visited the institute for the last five years; as a result of the negotiations more than 60 international agreements on cooperation have been signed;

during the same period more than 1000 professors and students went abroad on business trips to do lecturing and to participate in exhibitions, scientific conferences and round tables;

It ought to be noted that MAI has become a corporate member of several authoritative international organizations, such as SAE International, Royal Aeronautical Society, Institute of Measurement and Control and others.

The institute regularly participates in international educational and scientific exhibitions for the purpose of promoting its academic programs and scientific achievements. Nowadays we can proudly say that the institute gained international recognition as one of the leading educational, scientific and technological centers in aerospace industries. Hundreds of our graduates from foreign countries are working in the leading national and international aerospace corporations and scientific centers.

MAI disposes of unique technical resources for scientific experiments including 126 research departments and laboratories. The real examples of aircrafts, helicopters, spacecrafts and rockets; flight simulators, unique equipment to research jet engines and hypersonic jet engines, wind tunnels, test benchs to research the superconductivity, unique electric motors, test benchs of radar complexes and active phased arrays; advanced systems of signal and image processing; modern computer facility, information and CALS-systems are available for students and researchers.

The following lines of research and development are established as the priorities ones:

  • Aeronautical systems (civil, transport and military aircraft; helicopters; unmanned gliders, helicopters, airships, atmosphere and stratosphere balloons; promising flying vehicles of alternative design)
  • Rocket and astronautical systems (space vehicles of various purposes including the habitable ones; rocketry of all types and purposes, etc.;
  • Power plants of aeronautical, rocket and astronautical systems (power plants for aeronautical systems all types, spacecraft and rocket propulsion of different types);
  • Information and telecommunication technologies of aeronautical, rocket and astronautical systems (systems of communication, data transmission, telemetry, navigation, intelligent control, radiolocation; optical and optoelectronic systems and their interconnecting).

Address:125993, Moscow, Volokolamsk Highway, 4

On the page http://www.mai.ru/ you can find all the necessary information concerning the admission rules of Moscow Aviation Institute.

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