The history of Dniprovsky State Technical University began almost 100 years ago in April 1920 in Kamianske as a polytechnic college training graduate engineers in five specialties; in 1930 the technical school was reorganized into the evening metallurgical institute; in 1960 the evening metallurgical institute was renamed into a metallurgical plant-university; in 1967 the metallurgical plant-university was reorganized into an industrial institute; in 1994 the industrial institute was granted the status of a state technical university.
Currently, according to the certificates and licenses, the university provides training in 21 specialties at the first (bachelor’s) level of higher education, 19 specialties at the second (master’s) level of higher education (90.5%) and 10 specialties at the third (educational and scientific) level with a total licensed number of 2830 students. All specialties are accredited, as well as 19 educational and professional programs of the second (master’s) level of higher education.
Training of applicants for higher education at the second (master’s) level at the university is carried out by 19 graduating departments, which is 95% of the total number of graduating departments.
The educational infrastructure of the university comprises 5 faculties, 25 departments (20 of them are graduating ones), technological professional and technical-economic professional colleges, professional college of food technologies and entrepreneurship, regional educational-scientific-industrial complex “Prometheus”; educational district – a pilot project of the regional integrated education system of Kamianske; separate structural subdivisions: Technical and Economic Professional College of DSTU, Technological Professional College of DSTU, Professional College of Food Technologies and Entrepreneurship of DSTU.
The overall number of students at the university, colleges and technical schools is 3,545 people (of whom 2,295 are doing state-funded study courses), 2,726 are full-time students.
The total number of university employees is 491. The educational process is provided by 176 scientific and pedagogical staff, including 28 doctors of sciences, professors (15.9%), 131 candidates of sciences, associate professors (74.4%). As a whole, the share of scientific and pedagogical staff with scientific degrees and academic titles is 90.3%.
The university is located on the territory with a total area of 29.3 hectares, where there are 20 buildings and structures of functional, cultural and auxiliary purpose with a total usable area of 76122 square meters, combined into a common infrastructure of higher education.
The university possesses 7 educational buildings, 4 dormitories, 5 research laboratories. The educational process involves 77 classrooms, 97 equipped laboratories, 35 computer classes, 14 classes for masters, computer classes at 10 branches of departments, 26 units of multimedia equipment.
The university is proud to have modern sports base: stadium “Thunderbird” for 10 thousand seats, 3 gyms with a total area of 1448.15 square meters, shooting range, 2 football fields, 9 sports fields, where one can proctise 10 kinds of sport, sports health camp on the Oril River with a total area of 2.6 hectares.
The university has an orderly system of student self-government, implemented through the Youth Student Parliament, which unites representatives of five faculties, two colleges and a technical school.
The youth club “Flaming Stars” is the center of educational and cultural development of student youth, here events of various purposes are held.
Five scientific schools successfully operate at the university: “Progressive schemes of calibrations of complex profiles”, “Optimization of electromechanical energy conversion processes”, “Theory and practice of steelmaking processes”, “Theory and practice of sinter-converter production in the raw material base of Ukraine”, “Physical-chemical bases of heterogeneous systems”.
In 2019, within the framework of contract activity, 13 projects with the amount of funding 1,039.0 (in thousands of UAH) are ordered by enterprises and organizations of various forms of ownership.
The originality and novelty of the developments performed by university scientists in 2019 was confirmed by 12 patents for intellectual property, 16 applications for utility models.
According to the results of research the scientific and pedagogical staff as well as research staff of the university published 8/2 scientific articles and abstracts in 2019 (of which 311 – co-authored with students), including 271 – in professional journals, 189 – in journals included in international databases, 47 – in foreign journals.
According to the indicators of the scientific metric database SciVerseSCOPUS, the academic staff and employees of the university published 107 scientific articles in international scientific metric databases, 49 papers were cited, and the Hirsch index – 3.
The University is the winner of the sixth competition and for the recent 3 years has been successfully working on the project KTU “Sector of knowledge transfer – from the exchange of engineering and entrepreneurial innovations to the development of interdisciplinary curricula” of the European Union programme TEMPUS, agreement 544031-TEMPUS-1-2013-1-AT-TEMPUS-JPHES. The project partners are the universities of Austria, Hungary, Sweden, Spain and Ukraine, representatives of business and industry.
The participation in the project allowed the university to actively implement the modern European concept of development, which is based on the knowledge triangle “education – science – innovation”. In accordance with the objectives of the project “KnowledgeTransferUnit” there was created and is now operating a unit “KTU – knowledge transfer center”. To date, there have been developed a clear strategy of this unit, a business plan and a plan of stable work.
According to the contract, the university received office equipment worth a total of 40,000 euros, including innovative equipment: a modern 3D printer and scanner, powerful computers. This equipment allowed the university management to open a laboratory of computer 3D modeling.
The University was an official partner of the European project IRNet “International research network for the study and development of new tools and methods of advanced pedagogical science in the field of information and communication technologies, e-learning and intercultural competences” for four years, agreement PIRSES-GA-2013-612536, developed in context 7th Framework Program of the European Union to support the training and career development of researchers, Marie Curie Exchange Program (01/2014 – 12/2017). The official participants of the project are higher education institutions in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, the Netherlands, Spain, Australia, Portugal, Russia and Ukraine. In cooperation with colleagues on the project, there was developed a draft version of an online course in English in the Moodle environment – “ICT-tools for-learning”, dedicated to electronic learning tools.
Scientific meetings and discussions during the project inspired the researchers to continue their studies, the results of which are published in authoritative scientific journals, in particular, in the journal “International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning”, which is included in the scientific-metric database SCOPUS.
The collaboration on the project was a start scientific relations with colleagues from the University of Ostrava (Czech Republic), where two scientific articles were published on ways to solve modern educational challenges.
The research group of the university continues cooperation with colleagues from the University of Silesia. Within the framework of the International Scientific Conference “Theoretical and Practical Aspects of Distance Learning-DLCC” (Poland), the project participants act as reviewers of scientific articles for the conference, prepare scientific articles for the conference monograph.
The University is an official participant of the project “Environmental integrated technology of methanogenesis intensification for bridging the gap between research, innovation and practice of generating biofuels from organic fraction of municipal and industrial waste”, abbreviated as “SEFITMI-LCE-08”, within European Union Program «Horizon 2020».
The project partners are organizations and companies from Ukraine, Germany, Lithuania, Israel, which have signed the Consortium Agreement. This Consortium Agreement is based on EU Regulation 1290/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013, which sets out the rules for participation and dissemination in Horizon 2020, the Framework Program for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) and the Grant Agreement from the European Commission. Each participant undertakes to participate in the effective implementation of the project, as well as to cooperate, fulfill in a timely manner and on time all their obligations under this Consortium Agreement.
The research part of the application, which was jointly developed with PJSC “Obolon”, was sent to a representative of the Bavarian Technical University and for now the group is expecting funding as to the application on the project “Obtaining biogas from solid and liquid waste from the food industry.”
From 2020, University experts in collaboration with members of an international consortium (15 performers) are implementing project 869703 “Development of radical innovations for the extraction of minerals and metals from seawater desalination brines” (acronym SEA4VALUE), funded by the European Commission under Horizon 2020.
The university has a specialized academic council K 9.091.02 commissioned to accept for consideration and hold defense of dissertations for the degree of candidate of technical sciences in specialties 05.02.01 “Materials Science” and 21.06.01 “Environmental Safety”, which is a part of the certification system for scientific staff of the highest qualification.
The university council of young scientists and specialists is fully involved in the activities of the regional state administration in terms of intensification of research activities, increasing efficiency, participating in regional competitions: “The best council of young scientists”; “The best young scientist”; “Young scientists – Dnipropetrovsk region” in the framework of the regional target social program “Youth of Dnipropetrovsk region: 2012-2021”.
In 2019, seven projects were submitted to the project competition “Young Scientists – Dnipropetrovsk region”, one of which received the winner’s certificate.
The Committee on State Prizes of Ukraine in the field of science and technology awarded scholarships of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine to 4 young scientists of the university.
The university prepares the journal “Mathematical Modeling”, which publishes articles containing new scientific results in the development and application of methods of mathematical modeling, mathematical models and algorithms in science, technology, economics, sociology, educational process and others. It is included in the list of professional research journals of Ukraine licensed to publish the results of dissertations for the degree of doctor and candidate of technical sciences, approved by the resolution of the Presidium of the Higher Attestation Commission of Ukraine dated 10.02.2010 № 1-05 / 1. Articles published in the journal are indexed in GoogleScholar system (Google Academy). Since 2018, it has been included in the abstract database of research publications IndexCopernicus.
According to the order of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine dated 16.07.2018 № 775 scientific journal “Mathematical Modeling” of the Dniprovsky State Technical University is included in the List of professional research journals of Ukraine with category “B” (extract from the List of printed (electronic) periodicals, included in the List of professional research journals of Ukraine). Editor-in-Chief of the scientific journal “Mathematical Modeling” is Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor B.P. Sereda.
The university’s development strategy envisages the development and implementation of specific programs that will improve the quality of education, train qualified research and teaching staff, develop basic and applied research in various fields of science and production, introduce information and communication methods of teaching and learning, improve university management.
Graduates of schools (lyceums, gymnasiums, colleges) and all persons who have received general secondary education and wish to enter our university are invited to “Applicant’s page”, where one can get complete information about admission to the university and easily understand the specialties of the university.
At DSTU there has been opened the Center for Career Planning, which provides targeted training and employment assistance to graduates, centralized organization and coordination of work on compiling the jobs database, studying and forecasting the situation on the labor market in cities and regions.
The website “Information Portal” offers information to help students of different specialties and forms of education in obtaining methodological and educational materials in any discipline.