History of the University

Odessa State Environmental University was founded on 1 May 1932 in Kharkov as Kharkov Engineering Hydrometeorological Institute. Since July 1944 the institution was moved to Odessa and renamed Odessa Hydrometeorological Institute (OHMI).

Comprehensive development of higher education, continuous improvement of educational and scientific processes and development of logistics was the basis for the government to transform Ukraine Odessa Hydrometeorological Institute in the University. On 9 August 2001 the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on the basis OHMI was created Odessa State Environmental University (OSENU).

Within the 85-year period of history of the University there developed two specific areas of training and research. On the one hand, historically, there developed a unique direction for Ukraine, related to training of engineering and research personnel in the field of Hydrometeorology and Monitoring of the Natural Environment. On the other hand, specific meteorological field of study provided for development of potent human resources, methodical and research basis for establishment of a University of Higher Environmental Education.

Presently Odessa State Environmental University is a unique higher education institution of the fourth, the highest, level of accreditation for provision of higher education in the field of Meteorology, Environmental Monitoring and Environmental Protection, Organization of Environmental Protection, Environmental Law and Environmental Auditing, Sustainable Tourism, Water Biological Resources and Aquaculture, Protection, Restoration and Sustainable Use of Hydrobioresources, Economics and Management of Natural Resources, Automated Monitoring Systems of Environmental Control, Geographic Information Systems and Technologies.

In the 85 years, Odessa State Environmental University has produced about 40,000 graduates, including about 2000 engineers since 1953, researchers, trainees, candidates and doctors for the 80 countries of the world. Over 300 staff officers the OSENU graduates serve in the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Among the graduates are many prominent scientists, researchers, environmental managers and environmental meteorological subdivisions of Ukraine, CIS countries and many countries around the world. Two of OSENU graduates, members of IPCC, Alioune Ndiaye and Oleg Sirotenko were among the awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (2007).

Up to now the structural units OSENU include: Kherson and Kharkiv Technical Colleges of Hydrometeorology, Odessa College of Computer Technologies, Education and Research Hydrometeorological Institute, four faculties (the Nature Protection Faculty, the Faculty of Environmental and Economic Science, the Faculty of Computer Science, the Faculty of Master and Post-Graduate Training), the Training and Consultancy Center of extramural and distance learning, the Center for Postgraduate Studies, the Preparatory Department, the consulting Department for Foreign Students, the Department of Foreign Relations etc.

To support the study process, research and recreation of students there are good conditions such as modern educational, scientific and social infrastructure (canteen, sports hall and dormitories) of the University united into a single campus in the resort district of Odessa. Since 2007, the University has put into operation a modern sports complex with a swimming pool, numerous game rooms, sports fields and pitches, a shooting range and tennis courts.

Training, including the second higher education, full-time, extramural and distance learning is provided in ten specialties of higher education at the levels of Bachelor, Master and PhD:

      051. Economics
      073. Management
      081. Law
      101. Environmental Science
      103. Earth Sciences
      122. Computer Sciences and Information Technology
      183. Environmental Protection Technologies
      207. Water Bioresources and Aquiculture
      242. Tourism
    281. Public Management and Administration

Since 1992 Odessa State Environmental University trains regular hydrometeorology officers, who provide the military units of the Air Force, the Army, the Missile Troops, the Artillery and Navy of Ukraine with meteorological and geophysical data.

In the field of „Hydrometeorology’, specializations (programmes) of which are included in the specialty 103 ‘Earth Sciences’, OSENU has been training specialists for the World Meteorological Organization, a specialized agency of the UNO, for more than 70 years.

At Odessa State Environmental University, there provided Doctorate and Post-Graduate studies, and there operate three specialized Academic Councils for defence of doctoral and PhD theses in five research areas.

Currently, about 200 research and teaching staff are employed at 21 departments of the University. More than 2/3 of them hold a PhD or a DSc degree, 15 OSENU Professors and researchers are Academicians and Corresponding Members of various academies of Ukraine, CIS countries, the European Union and the United States.

Nowadays, undergraduate, master, PhD and doctoral students from 15 countries are enrolled at OSENU. The University actively cooperates with the specialized UN agency, the World Meteorological Organization, in the framework of voluntary assistance programme (PDS WMO), many universities of the CIS countries, Europe, North America and other regions.

In recent years the OSENU staff was repeatedly rewarded diplomas and awards of the Government, including Honorary Diplomas of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Ukraine, the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, other ministries and departments. The University staff became the winner of the Contest ‘Golden Trade Marks’ (2009), the International Academic Rating ‘Golden Fortune’ (2010), the Contest in ‘Ecology, Environment and Natural Resources in Ukraine’ (2011), the ‘Quality of Scientific Publications’ contest (2014). OSENU is declared a leader of the national system of university rating (certificate of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine (2012), ‘The Leader of Scientific and Technical Activity’ (2013), ‘The Leader of International Activity’ (2016, 2017), awarded the Grand Prix at the international contests in Education (2010-2013 and 2015-2017), the Silver Medal ‘10 Years of Independence of Ukraine’ and the ‘Public Acclaim’ insignia.

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