Kharkiv Petro Vasylenko National Technical University of Agriculture is celebrating its 85th Anniversary. KhNTUA is a well-known and recognized higher education institution of the 4th accreditation level, which occupies a worthy place among the universities of Kharkiv higher education center and Ukraine.
All this started in 1930. The reform of the higher and special education started in the country due to an acute shortage of highly qualified specialists.
On 12 July the Council of People’s Commissars of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic passed a resolution on the establishment of higher education and higher technical education institutions and their being transferred under the jurisdiction of appropriate people’s commissariats. The part “Agricultural branch” envisaged establishing the Institute of Mechanization and Electrification of Agriculture in Kharkiv from mechanization departments of agricultural institutes in Kharkiv and Poltava.
Kharkiv Institute of Mechanization and Electrification of Agriculture (KhIMEA) began training mechanical engineers specializing in repair and maintenance of tractors and farm machines.
The establishment of the Institute coincided with the beginning of scale projects of the country industrialization and the foundation of powerful mechanized production in agriculture. But the education reform was not provided with the necessary material and technical basis and finance. All these imperfections also affected KhIMEA. There was an acute shortage of classrooms, qualified staff, textbooks, and laboratory equipment. Living conditions for students were far from being excellent as well.