The history of Ternopil National Technical University is inextricably connected with the history of Ternopil. Since the 1960’s the city has developed due to the construction of a significant number of industrial plants, including the Ternopil harvester plant, the VATRA Corporation, later – the plants “The Saturn” and “The Orion”. These plants as well as dozens of smaller companies required highly qualified engineers. Lviv Polytechnic was the closest technical university. Thus to ensure this requirement of specialists on November 11, 1960, the Ternopil Technical Faculty of the Lviv Polytechnic Institute with the extra-mural and evening forms of the study was opened. This allowed the experienced workers to get higher education without leaving their job, and Ternopil gradually transformed into a student city.
Ternopil National Technical University is a prominent educational, scientific, engineering, and cultural center in Western Ukraine. As of today in our region, this is the only comprehensive technical education institution that provides training of specialists of all educational qualification levels. This includes Doctors of Science, Doctors of Philosophy, and Candidates of Science, and spans across the area that not only includes Ternopil but also Chernivtsi, Ivano-Frankivsk, Khmelnytsky, and Rivne regions.
On December 11, 2009, with the decree of the President of Ukraine for a significant contribution to the development of national education and science, and taking into account the national and international recognition of the results of higher education, the university was granted a National status – Ternopil National Technical University named after Ivan Pul’uj.
Faculties & Departments
- There are 5 faculties currently operating at Ternopil National Technical University:
- Faculty of Engineering of Machines, Structures, and Technologies (FMT),
- Faculty of Applied Information Technologies and Electrical Engineering (FPT),
- Faculty of Computer Information Systems and Software Engineering (FIS),
- Faculty of Economics and Management (FEM),
- Foreign Students Faculty (FRI).
The 36 University departments carry out training of bachelors, specialists, and masters in 24 programs and 19 majors. The annual licensed admission number of full-time students amounts to 3088 people.
The University fully implements modern trends in higher education development, satisfies the region’s needs in highly qualified professionals, and acts as a center of science and culture.
- Biomedical Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Civil engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Computer sciences
- Computer engineering
- Food Industry Technologies
- Hotel and Restaurant Business
- Management “Management of innovation activity”
- System Analysis
Who is Ivan Puluj?
Since April 1995, the university bears the name of the famous physicist and electrical engineer, great Ukrainian scientist, and outstanding cultural and public figure Ivan Puluj. In 1994 the Institute was accredited as an IV-level educational institution.
Ivan Pul’uj was born on February 2nd, 1845 in the town of Hrymailiv. In 1864 he graduated from the Ternopil Gymnasium with honors. To continue his education Ivan entered the Theological Department of the Vienna University and after graduation from it, he became a student of the Philosophy Department. Having finished his studying Ivan Pul’uj started to investigate physical processes and phenomena.
After receiving an Associate Professor Degree in Vienna, the scientist had worked as a Professor of the German Prague polytechnical Institute for over 30 years (from1884 to 1916 ), then he was the Dean of Physical Faculty and the Rector of this establishment.
Professor Ivan Pul’uj was well-known in scientific circles as a famous theorist and experimenter, the author of many unique scientific papers and very important inventions. He is recognized as an expert in the construction of electric power stations and a highly qualified specialist in ancient languages.
In his researches, Pul’uj was very close to the discovery of the place of X-ray’s origin. He made the first X-ray photographs. All his experiments with X-rays were made by him, using vacuum tubes of his own design. His attention was also focused on the problems of molecular physics, studying the cathode rays properties and nature. He published dozens of articles and booklets, more than 50 scientific papers.
Ivan Pul’uj is a brilliant translator of the Bible in the original. He is famous for his active attitude towards the protection of the rights of the Ukrainian people, their political freedoms, and their native language, for his great organizational, cultural, and educational work. The scientist created the fund of helping poor Ukrainian students who studied abroad, he assisted to solve the problems of Ukrainian refugees during World War 1.
The great scientist, cultural and public figure Ivan Pul’uj died on January 31st, 1918 in Prague where he was buried. His inventions and scientific papers are a great pride for world science. Nowadays his name takes one of the first places in the list of outstanding figures of the Ukrainian culture. The 2019-2020 academic year was marked by two remarkable events in the history of the University – the 175th birthday of Ivan Puluj and the 60th anniversary of the foundation of the TNTU. Many events devoted to Ivan Puluj’s memorable date were held in Ternopil, Hrymailiv, Lviv, and Kyiv.
During the celebration of the anniversary of the University, a presentation of a commemorative coin dedicated to Ivan Puluj was presented. The National Bank of Ukraine, continuing the series “Prominent People of Ukraine” introduced the coin on the occasion of the commemoration of the 165th anniversary of the birth of an outstanding scientist.
The reverse of the coin depicts a portrait of Ivan Puluj and his statement: “There is no greater respect for an intelligent man than to protect his national honor and to work faithfully without a reward for the good of his people in order to give them a better life”.
At the same time, Ivan Puluj’s museum was opened. Today lots of people visit it to get acquainted with the history of TNTU.
Austrian Professor Petro Pul’uj, the scientist’s grandson, visited Ternopil and participated in several conferences held at TNTU.
Ivan Pul’uj will always remain in our hearts as the symbol of the intellectual wealth of the Ukrainian people, a landmark of the future achievements of the state.
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