New Scientific Center and the First Wide-Ranging Contract: KhPI Extents Cooperation with Turkey

The delegation from Istanbul Technical University (İTÜ) paid a two-day visit to NTU “KhPI”. On February 1, KhPI held a grant opening of The Ukrainian-Turkish Coordination Center for Scientific and Technical Research  and signed the Association Agreement between NTU “KhPI” and İTÜ.

The participants of the grand opening of a new scientific center were Prof. Mehmet Karaca, the rector of Istanbul Technical University, Prof. Yevgen Sokol, the rector of NTU “KhPI” and other representatives of partner-universities, and also scientific and public community of the Kharkiv region.  The participants stressed that the main task of Coordination Center for Scientific and Technical Research is to speed-up the commercialization process of scientific developments.

Yevgen Sokol, the rector of NTU “KhPI” said: “This Center was set up thanks to the financial contribution of our Turkey partners and I am sure that it will allow us to move successfully forward together. Historically, the Kharkiv Polytech has a good scientific school. We hope that the Turkey party will share its experience in the commercialization of scientific developments involving the Turkish business, scientific and educational circles and we expect a positive after-effect. The promising projects will be tackled in this new scientific center to be proposed to Ukrainian and Turkish businessmen for the investments”.  He also thanked the management of Kharkiv Regional Administration and the governor Yuliya Svitlychna for her backing up of the project that is of great importance for the region. According to Olexander Trush, the deputy director of the Science and Education Department of the Kharkiv Regional Administration, the opening of this center gives start to the extensive cooperation that will be beneficial both for the NTU “KhPI” and Higher School of the Country, in particular, and Ukraine and Turkey on the whole.

The Rector of Istanbul Technical University Mehmet Karaca stressed that the opening of the Center is only the beginning of cooperation in scientific and technological spheres and he added that the capital invested in scientific developments has no nationality. “We understand that Ukraine has very good scientific potential and it is high time to commercialize available scientific projects” — said he.

The association agreement between the NTU “KhPI” and the Istanbul Technical University (İTÜ) was signed at this new center. It finalized bilateral negotiations and the meetings that were held by the representatives of the universities of two countries throughout the period of more than six months. The contract states joint research and the development of innovation technologies in the field of electronics, mechanical engineering, space, aviation, etc. According to the signed instrument, the NTU “KhPI” and the Istanbul Technical University will work together in the field of the development of internal combustion engines, transmission systems, electronic control units and the materials. İTÜ undertakes to manage approved programs on diesel power generating units in cooperation with the faculty of NTU “KhPI”. İTÜ is also willing to grant the scholarships for Turkish students participating in Master’s and PhD programs at the Kharkiv Polytech. In addition, the universities will develop scientific projects related to Pawer-Pack engine technologies, material science and other coordinated programs. The joint project of both universities will be coordinated by the new Ukrainian-Turkish Coordination Center for Scientific and Technical Research. Appropriate agreement was signed within the framework of the Agreement on the Development of Cooperation between the two universities in the field of research and education signed on July 11, 2017.

According to Eldar Veliev, the pro-rector of NTU “KhPI” and he is also the director of the Center, the signing of the agreement on the creation of such a center to do joint research was the first step towards the integration of the scientific potentials of two countries. “Our task is to create such a bridge that would join the science of two countries and provide an opportunity for the commercialization of scientific developments. We hope that with support of our partners, we will be able to show real results”.

The representatives of the delegation from Istanbul Technical University were also familiarized with the promising research and engineering projects of NTU “KhPI”. Prof. Sergiy Buriakovsky, director of the Research and Design Institute “Molniia”, Prof. Marina Ved from the General and Inorganic Chemistry Department  and Vadym Samorodov, head of the Automobile and Tractor Production Department also presented their developments.

The two-day schedule of the visit paid by Turkish scientists and businessmen to NTU “KhPI” includes also the discussion of the projects submitted by the Kharkiv scientific community, the report delivered by Prof. Mehmet Karaca, the rector of Istanbul Technical University on the subject “University. Changes. Transformations. The Future”.

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Reference: There are 360 laboratories and 13 research centers in the Istanbul Technical University. Twenty-three specialties are accredited in the USA, which allows students to participate in exchange programs and receive joint degrees.