Founded in 1960, nowadays Ternopil Ivan Puluj National Technical University is one of the largest educational and scientific centre of Ukraine. The university cooperates successfully with many foreign universities, research institutes, non-governmental organizations. TNTU is one of the first members of the European University Association, Magna Charta Universitatum Participant, Member of the “n + i” network of higher engineering schools of France, Member of the Baltic University Program BUP, Member of the International Association of Scientific and Technological University Libraries (IATUL). In general, the university cooperates with more than 70 universities in 20 international programs.
International educational centres, including:
- Regional Networking Academy CISCO (USA, 1999);
- Certification Centre VUE (2000);
- Regional Training Centre Schneider ЕІесtrіс (France, 2000);
- Microsoft IT Academy (USA, 2002);
- Authorized training centre ASCON (Russia, 2002);
- Training Centre QNX Software Systems (Canada, 2003);
- Training Center SUN Microsystems (USA, 2004);
- IBM Training Center (USA, 2006);
- University program STMicroelectronics (Switzerland, 2007);
- Business Institute СІSСО (USA, 2008);
- Authorized Training Centre of D-Link Company (Taiwan, 2010);
- Training centre C++ (2014);
- Program “Apollo” (Germany, 2010);
- The association “German Farmers’ Assossiation” (Germany);
- “Agroimpuls” (Switzerland) conduct training for TNTU students.
Educational and scientific international projects are implemented at TNTU. They are as follows:
- «Equal Opportunities in Getting Profession for Young Mother-students in Higher Educational Establishment (HEE)»;
- «Inter-university Start-up Centres for Students’ Innovations Development & Promotion» (SUCSID);
- «Modernization of Postgraduate Studies on Security and Resilience for Human and Industry Related Domains (SEREIN)»;
- «Development and Implementation of International Distance Learning System» (the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative, United Nations Academic Impact);
- «The Development of Educational, Scientific and Cultural Relations on the Basis of Joint Ukrainian-Tajik Faculty » (the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative, United Nations Academic Impact);
- «Properties of Heat Affected Zone of Welded Joints of Modern Steel Resistant to Creeping».
In August, 2015, according to the results of the Erasmus+ second competition, the university became a participant of four European Union projects. They are as follows: under Key Action 1: «Learning Mobility» the university joined the consortiums of two Erasmus projects of Politechnika Lubelska (Lublin University of Technology) and Politechnika Opolska (Opole University of Technology); under Key Action 2: «Capacity Building in the field of higher education» the university joined the consortium of project «Development of a Network Infrastructure for Youth Innovation Entrepreneurship Support on Fablab Platform (FABLAB)»; under Jean Monnet Activities the university won a grant to develop a learning module «Ecologically Responsible Business: Research and Implementation of Europe Experience». Also TNTU is a participant of the Ukraine Higher Education Leadership Development Programme. The British Council has been implementing the Programme from 2016 to 2019 in partnership with the Institute of Higher Education of the NAES of Ukraine and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (UK), supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.
The Centre of Foreign Languages functions at the university on a commercial basis for the purpose of in-depth study of English, German, French and Polish. Annually, more than 120 students participate in the international youth exchange, training and traineeship programmes in the UK, the USA, France, Germany and Poland due to the Centre activities.
The development of the joint programmes, in particular the double degree programmes, is one of the priority directions of the university international cooperation. All the university students have the opportunity to participate in the academic mobility programmes in Poland, Germany, the UK, France and the USA. Currently, 30 students study under Double Master’s Degree Programme at the Lublin University of Technology (Poland), one student studies at the Opole University of Technology, and two students study under Ukrainian-German Double Degree Programme for the Bachelor’s degree at the University of Applied Sciences Schmalkalden (Germany). Moreover, the university students studied at Glyndŵr University (Wrexham, Wales, UK). One postgraduate student undertook training and two students studied for their Master’s Degree at the International Higher School of Computer Science and Information Technology (Cergy, France). The academic mobility programme «Polish Erasmus for Ukraine and Erasmus +» was implemented at TNTU. 14 university students study at 7 Polish universities under this programme.
Furthermore, the distance education is widely implemented at the university. The local centres of distance learning are created abroad. The centres operate at Technological University of Tajikistan and in Ukrainian Cultural Centre in Warren, Michigan (the USA). The distance learning centres are currently creating in Slovenia, Portugal and Canada.
An integral part of the academic mobility programmes is a work placement traineeship. Annually, many students undertake traineeship in the company «Ustronianka», Ustron, Poland (2007-2017 – more than 400 students). Moreover, the university students carry out traineeships under the following programmes: «Apollo» (Germany, 2016-2017 – 7 students), the programme of «German Farmers’ Assossiation» (Germany, 2016-2017 – 6 students), Agricultural Program «Agroimpuls» (Switzerland, 2016-2017 – 21 students), DAAD University Summer Course (Germany, 2015 – 2 students). In July, 2017, 22 students of TNTU undertook practical training in Taurage and Palanga (Lithuania).
Joint scientific researches are conducted as a part of the cooperation agreement in the field of mass transfer processes with the University of Technology of Compiègne and the University of Pierre and Marie Curie (France). With scientists of Birmingham University (UK), Lulea Technical University (Sweden) and the University of Maribor (Slovenia) investigations in the field of fracture mechanics are carried out successfully. Recently TNTU establishes scientific and technical cooperation with Ukraine-Chinese Technopark (Jinan, China).