Sumy State University

Sumy State University (SumDU) is a higher educational institution in Sumy, Ukraine. It enrolls about 12,000 students studying pre-undergraduate, undergraduate, specialist, and master degrees in 55 majors and 23 fields.[1] About 1,900 foreign students represent almost 50 countries worldwide.[1][2]

Sumy State University
Сумський державний університет
Motto in English
Qualitative education – secure future
TypeClassical university
Established1948 as department of Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute
1966 as a branch of the Kharkiv Polytechnical Institute
1990 as the Sumy Institute of Physics and Technology
1993 as Sumy State University
RectorVasyl D. Karpusha


Creation of a higher educational institution of a polytechnical type in Sumy is connected with the development of the Sumy Machine-Building Plant named after M.V. Frunze. At that time, most of the engineering and management positions were occupied by specialists with secondary specialized education. That is why, in February 1948, the joint order of the Union ministries of higher education, machine-building and instrument-making provided the conditions for the creation at the factory of a training and consulting center (TCC) of Moscow correspondence institute of small-scale industry (later - All-Union correspondence machine-building institute). The next step towards the real establishment of an educational institution was an order within Sumy Machine-Building Plant named after M.V. Frunze, July 30, 1948. This order became an exact starting point of the educational institution’s history. The head of the TCC was the graduate of the Teachers' Institute, veteran of the war, deputy head of the staff department of the enterprise V. I. Popov. The first enrollment for the first year took place in August 1948.

In 1958 due to organization process of Ukrainian distant polytechnic institute (UDPI), TCC was transferred to its structure. In May 1960 Sumy General Technical Faculty of UDPI was created on the basis of TCC. In 1966 Sumy General Technical Faculty was reorganized into Sumy department of Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute. O.H Inozemtseva was appointed to the post the first director of the branch. Since March 15, 1972, the director of the branch, subsequently – the rector of Sumy Institute of Physics and Technology, and since 1993 till 2004 I.H. Kovalev worked as the rector of Sumy State University. Under his leadership, the KhPI department had turned into a modern educational institution with a wide range of scientific and educational activities, developed infrastructure, an in-depth humanitarian component, which then became the basis for the establishment of a classical university. In 1981, the departments were transferred from "Khimprom" 2 buildings of technical school number 1 (now - "T-bldg" and "M-bldg"). In 1984 the building process was over. The main 14-storey educational-administrative building was put into operation; in 1988 – the central building; in 1989 - 4th building of the library. In 1990 the appropriate conditions for transforming the department into HEI of engineering-technical direction with the ideology of the priority of the fundamental component of training specialists. By the Resolution of the Council of Ministers of the Ukrainian SSR №299 dated 08.10.1990, Sumy Institute of Physics and Technology (SIPT) was established on the basis of the Sumy branch of KhPI. In 1992 the first medical students were enrolled. With the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine № 646 of 13.08.1993 on the basis of SFTI Sumy State University was established. Since August 17, 2004 the university is headed by prof. Anatolyi V. Vasylyev, who since 1978 worked as the first deputy director of the department, the first vice rector of the SIPT, SumDU. In 2014, the university ranked fourth among the universities of Ukraine in the TOP-700 universities of the world, in accordance with one of the most prestigious QS world rankings, which identified Sumy State University in the group of leaders in the Ukrainian educational and scientific space.

On 23 December 2015 with the resolution of Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine №1388-r, the Ukrainian Academy of Banking was reorganized by joining SSU.

In 2016-2018 the university strongly entered the group of leaders of the Ukrainian scientific and educational space, according to the most famous international QS, Times,[3] Shanghai rankings as a higher education institution with a high scientific constituent.

On March 4, 2022, a large explosion occurred near the building. The blast occurred during the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.[4]


University rankings
Global – Overall
THE World[5]1001+

Institutes: Medical Institute, Oleg Balatskyi Academic and Research Institute of Finance, Economics and Management, Academic and Research Institute of Business Technologies "UAB", Academic and Research Institute of Law, Konotop and Shostka Institutes, Chemical and Technological College of Shostka Institute; faculties: of Electronics and Information Technologies, Foreign Philology and Social Communications, Technical Systems and Energy Efficient Technologies, Industrial Pedagogical Technical School of Konotop Institute, Polytechnic School of Konotop Institute, Chemical and Technological College of Shostka Institute and other structural departments. There are more than 3000 employees in the university, including Corresponding Members of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine, about 150 Doctors of Sciences, Professors, Associate Professors represent academic staff of the University. There are postgraduate and post-doctoral programmes in 24 majors, degree awarding academic councils with over 700 PhD candidates. The library has over 3 million items and won the All-Ukrainian contest “Library of the Year”. There is a TOEFL-center, and educational centers of companies including Microsoft, Cisco, PortaOne, Delcam, Netcracker, 1С, Siemens, SAS, and MindK operate at SumDU campus. Sporting achievements include participants at the Olympic Games, World, European and Ukrainian Championships. The students of the university have an opportunity to develop and improve their skills in 16 clubs in accordance with their interests. There are vocal, instrumental, jazz ensembles, rock bands, dance clubs, drama groups, theater of variety miniatures, folk ensembles, literary and creative workshop and others.


Institutes: Konotop Institute, Shostka Institute, Medical Institute, Oleg Balatskyi Academic and Research Institute of Finance, Economics and Management, Academic and Research Institute of Business Technologies "UAB", Academic and Research Institute of Law

Faculties: Foreign Philology and Social Communications, Technical Systems and Energy Efficient Technologies, Electronics and Information Technology, Faculties in Shostka and Konotop Institutes

Centers: Сenter of part-time, distance and evening studying, Center of postgraduate education, Linguistic Training Center

Department: Department of International Education

Colleges and Technical Schools: Machine Building College, Industrial Pedagogical Technical School of Konotop Institute, Chemical and Technological College of Shostka Institute, Polytechnic School of Konotop Institute

Library: Library of Sumy State University


  • Main campus of SumDU: Central bldg, New bldg, Main bldg, Electronics&Technology bldg, Library&Information Center, M-bldg, LA-bldg, T-bldg" (2, Rymskoho-Korsakova St., Sumy, Sumy region)
  • Campus of the Medical Institute of SumDU (31, Sanatorna St., Sumy, Sumy region)
  • Campus of Machine Building College of Sumy State University (17, Taras Shevchenko avenue, Sumy, Sumy region)
  • Campus of Konotop Institute of SumDU (24, av. Myru, Konotop, Sumy region)
  • Campus of Shostka Institute of SumDU (1, Institutska St., Shostka, Sumy region)
  • Campus of Academic and Research Institute of Business Technologies "UAB": academic bldg №1, academic bldg №2, academic bldg №3 (57, Petropavlivska St., Sumy, Sumy region)

Scientific journalsEdit

  • Visnyk of Sumy State University
  • Journal of Engineering Sciences (JES)
  • Journal of Nano- and Electronic Physics (JNEP)
  • Journal of Сlinical and Experimental Medical Researches (JC&EMR)
  • Philological Treatises («Filologichni Traktaty»)

International relationsEdit

The University is a signatory of Magna Charta Universitatum and Talloires Declaration, a reliable member of the International Association of Universities, European University Association, Association of Economic Universities of South and Eastern Europe and the Black Sea Region, IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence, IIENetwork and other international organizations.

Sumy State University cooperates with more than 280 partners from 50 world countries, including the USA, Great Britain, Germany, Austria, France, Belgium, Sweden, Poland, Lithuania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Japan, South Korea, China and other countries of the world.

SumDU is a partner for joint projects in frames of international grant programmes of EU (Erasmus+, Horizon 2020), United Nation Development Programme, NATO, DAAD, American Councils, British Council, the World Bank, bilateral scientific and research projects, grants of private foundations. The University accomplishes more than 300 grants annually. For the last 5 years, the amount of research work in frames of international grant projects has increased 20 times.[citation needed]


  • Popov Vasyl Ivanovych (1948–1960)
  • Korol Oleksandr Nykyforovych (1962–1965)
  • Inozemtsev Oleh Hnatovych (1965–1966)
  • Maliushenko Volodymyr Vasylyovych (1967–1971)
  • Movchan Oleksandr Vasylyovych (1971–1972)
  • Kovalov Ihor Oleksandrovych (1972–2004)
  • Vasylyev Anatoliy Vasylyovych (2004–2021)
  • Vasyl D. Karpusha (2021–)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "About SumDU". Retrieved 2020-07-13.
  2. ^ Sara, Weissman (4 March 2022). "Hundreds of Medical Students Trapped in Ukraine". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved 8 March 2022.
  3. ^ "Sumy State University". Times Higher Education (THE). 15 December 2021. Retrieved 8 March 2022.
  4. ^ "Ceasefire effort in Ukraine falters amid reported Russian shelling, evacuation in Mariupol on hold". CBC News.
  5. ^ "World University Rankings". 20 August 2019.

Coordinates: 50°53′32″N 34°50′30″E / 50.89222°N 34.84167°E / 50.89222; 34.84167