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 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.
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. 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.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Nanosystems and materials
Information and telecommunication systems
Energy and energy efficiency
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;