Ufa State Aviation Technical University was founded in 1932. It is a large scientific and educational complex, one of leading higher educational institutions of Russia. There are 18 areas of study and 40 programs in its 7 Faculties (fulltime and by correspondence).
More than 6000 students study at the university.
The number of departments is 43. The total number of teaching faculty is more than 650, of these 30 are Russian and foreign Academies of Sciences Full Members. There are 633 full-time teachers (not counting Military Department) and 64 part-time teachers at the University.
Highly qualified experts make up 80% of the faculty members. During the years of its existence USATU has trained about 60000 specialists for different branches of Russian and regional economy.
The university carries out multilevel specialists training. Programs leading to the Bachelor's Degree, Engineer Diploma and to the Master's Degree are successfully combined in it. University fundamentalism of natural-scientific circle and humanitarian component of higher professional education serve as an educational basis. It allows to achieve multiprofile teaching, ensures integration into the global system of higher education. The extension of specialities spectrum towards science-consuming, interdisciplinary natural-scientific, social-economic and humanitarian ones, actual scientific and engineering students' activity, adapted to individual personal abilities and their intellectual potential, orientation to priority trends of science and technology development allow to better take into account the region and country needs and to realize competitive specialists training in the conditions of market economy.
The university provides opportunities for further education in professional economical and managerial spheres and to secure a second major. Taking into account the needs of the region the university offers specialists retraining courses and professional skills improvement according to the areas of study and programs. The university has a branchy structure which includes 3 scientific design and technology bureax: "Iskra", "Tantal", "Vikhr", "USATU-Pribor" Experimental production facilities, two aircraft testing grounds outside the campus, Institute of Physics of Advanced Materials, Bashkir Regional Center of Innovative Technologies, Ufa Branch of Specialists Training Quality Problems Research Center Under Russian Federation Ministry of General Education and Vocational Training, Regional Interbranch Center for Further Education, Bashkir Regional Branch of Russian Federation Testing Center, Regional Higher School Informatisation Center. Technological Park "Bashkortostan" has been established at the University. Scientific and educational laboratory complex of the university is provided with up-to-date equipment and computers. In compliance with the university informatisation program there are developed and organized teaching computer programs, electronic textbooks, testing programs and computer laboratory courses. Network data-bases of norms and reference documents for training specialists have been created. The introduction of local computation networks into teaching process allows to effectively use the computing facilities of the university chairs and other subdivisions for the implementation of multilevel training of specialists. The integration into global information-computation networks provides access to the information resources of foreign higher education institutions.
The university provides training of foreign students, post-graduates and probationers in all areas and specialities available at the University. There is a preparatory department for those who do not know Russian. This department is aimed at teaching the Russian language to foreigners, to adapt them to the environmental conditions and thus to further their active involvement into the educational process. Such a form of students training as "incorporated training" is widely used at the university. The best students who are involved in research work and can speak foreign languages are sent to complete their education or to work on probation to leading higher education institutions of Russia (MSTU, MSU, MAI) and to universities of the USA, Germany, France and other countries.
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