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O.S. Popov Odesa National Academy of Telecommunications


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About Academy


O.S. Popov Odesa National Academy of Telecommunications(ONAT) was founded in 1920. 

The faculty consists of 465 teachers. The staff consists of 44 professors with a Doctorate of Science and 328 PhDs in fields with recognition from the Academics of Branch Academies, Laureates of State International Awards, Honored Statesmen of Science and Techniques, and workers of the Ukrainian Higher School.

Today, more than 7,000 students are studying at the academy. The academy has a brainstorming experimental base and close ties with IT and telecommunication organizations. The educational process and scientific research take place primarily in specialized labs.



On the verge of two previous centuries, the telegraph used to be the general mean of electrical communication.

In 1900 Higher Telegraph Mechanics Courses were opened in Odessa for technicians’ training in the southern part of Russia. The Courses were housed at 16 Staroportofrankovskaya Str. 

At the Congress of Railway Electrical Engineers and Telegraph Authorities, which took place in Odessa (1897), it became evident that electrical engineering of weak currents had revealed a great number of problems worth separate scientific investigation. A.S. Popov’s demonstration of a wireless telegraph operating at the Congress became a weighty argument on behalf of such investigation and aroused public enthusiasm and a standing ovation.

Some private radio and telegraph stations accomplished practical needs in communication in Odessa during the Revolution and Civil War period.

In 1919 all that few stations were reorganized into Odessa State Radio and Telegraph Plant (ORTP in Sofievskaya Str.), the first one in Russia.

In 1923 ORTP stopped its independent functioning. The same year the building of the former Higher Telegraph Mechanics Courses educational process was renewed but at that time it was named after the former Ukrainian Minister of Education Grinko and was called Odesa Higher Strong Currents Electrotechnical School (OHES).

During the Institute’s formation, great work was being done for the Red Army’s needs, viz. radio equipment was being designed and produced under the guidance of 1931-year graduate S.M. Plakhotnik, future the USSR Deputy Minister of Communications and the USSR State Prize winner. The USSR Deputy Minister of Defense M.M. Tukhachevskiy personally supervised the work.

S.M. Plakhotnik was one of the first scientists in the Soviet Union who designed a TV set, its operation was demonstrated in the Odesa Opera and Ballet Theatre for the participants of the Regional Soviet Congress. Later he presented Marshal of the Soviet Union K.E. Voroshilov with the improved model of the TV set in 1933 when the anniversary of the Red Army was celebrated in Moscow.

Since the very first war days, extremely intensive work had started against fascist invasions. To some extent, it was promoted by so-called pre-war “military” groups of Institute graduates whose training had been accomplished according to special programs Owing to that fact, the Red Army was remanded with a sufficient number of skilled commanders for communication subdivisions. A great many of them became senior officers and generals. For instance, the military rank of lieutenant general was awarded to the 1941-year graduate N.N. Smirnitsky.

In July 1941 the Institute was being actively prepared for evacuation. In the laboratory buildings equipped with untransformed radio stations, telegraph laboratory, and diesel power station of guaranteed electricity supply, a special Maritime Army Communication Center was organized there, which would play a very important role in Odesa’s heroic defense. Because of communication efficient operating Odessa was left unruined but the laboratory buildings as important military units were destroyed. The Institute was evacuated to Guryev town situated on the Caspian Seashore. But lack of necessary buildings caused an unworkable state for the Institute. For that reason, the Institute was transferred to Tashkent city. Moscow Institute of Communications had already been there. For rational use of laboratory equipment and lecturers’ staff, both institutes were united into one.

The victorious end of the war against Hitler Germany couldn’t bring killed people back. A great many lecturers and students were lost in that war. Memorial Stella was mounted in front of the main institute building with students’ and employees’ money as their memorial obligation.

The beginning of the educational process in a new building (September 1953) turned out to be a very important event in the Institute’s life and to great extent, it became its new birthday. There, in the new building, the stout students who entered the Institute in 1954 had started their studies and their graduation year turned out to be the most fruitful in the Institute’s history, they gave 7 Doctors and 46 Candidates for Technical Sciences. They became the State Prize winners (I. Dezhurny, H. Shutko), the USSR Soviet of Minister Prize winners (A. and Zhadan), and the USSR EAPE Gold medal winner (A. Kogut). 



The academy is structured into six departments:

  • Scientific Research Institute of Information Communication;
  • Educational and Scientific Institute of Radio and Television Electronics;
  • Computer Technologies, Automation, and Logistics, Educational and Research Institute;
  • Educational and Scientific Institute of Economics and Management;
  • Educational and Scientific Institute of Problems of Information Society;
  • Department of Telecommunications Systems.

Research Activity


Nowadays Academy trains experts and carries out scientific research in the field of telecommunications, information technologies and ICT, computer science, TV and radio communications, postal and automation services, logistics, economy, and management. The main activities of the Academy are the development of new telecommunication technologies, the designing, and construction of modern telecommunication networks, the realization of joint social projects (Child OnlineProtection, free & safe internet access, etc), development of norms and regulations for telecommunications, organization of seminars, conferences, and workshops. It cooperates with different international, regional, and state organizations. Since 2008 ONAT has been a member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and also the constitutor of the InternationalConstantly Acting Rectors’ Conference of Telecommunication Universities.

Education for International Students 


The International Division (ID) of the Academy was founded on the basis of O.S. Popov Odesa Electrotechnical Institute of Communications Dean’s office for foreigners in 1993. It was done to develop international links and organize foreign citizens’ education. (the order № 01-05-76 dd. 07.07.93).

The work of ID is carried out by the Head of the division, the resource specialist, and the laboratory assistant). ID is directly subordinate to the International Relations Vice-Rector. Currently, Sokolnitska L.A. (the head of ID), Golotenko V.A (the resource specialist,) and Belova S.I. (the laboratory assistant) work at the ID.

ID co-operates with the major Academy departments and proper Chairs, where foreigners study as well as with the Chair of Foreign Languages.

The main tasks to be implemented through the ID are the following:

  • establishing ties, preparing and making agreements on cooperation with foreign higher educational establishments, firms, and organizations, and also the control over their carrying out;
  • taking part in the organization and conducting international scientific and engineering, scientifically-methodological conferences, symposiums, exhibitions, etc.;
  • preparation and organization of foreign delegations reception and welcoming, as well as some foreign establishments representatives;
  • correspondence with foreign partners in all international activity aspects;
  • the organization of the Academy staff and students’ foreign business trips;
  • the organization of foreign students and postgraduates’ educational and pedagogical process;
  • attracting them to study;
  • sending invitations;
  • foreign students’ reception and welcoming;
  • making up educational contracts;
  • placing in hostels;
  • foreign students’ status report and its preparation;
  • passports and visas;
  • advertising-informational activity;
  • education diplomas validation and legalization, etc.
  • translations during negotiations, international symposiums, conferences, seminars, etc.


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