Founded in 1816, Lviv Polytechnic National University is Ukraine’s oldest technical university and, with a student population of around 30,000, is also among the country’s largest polytechnic institutions.
The university became a centre of scientific and technological research during the nineteenth century. Later, during the interbellum period, Lviv Polytechnic National University was one of central Europe’s most well-known technical educational institutions alongside The Warsaw University of Technology. In 1936, the university was awarded with Order Polonia Restituta by President Ignacy Mościcki for outstanding achievements in the field of education.
Today the university is comprised of 114 departments divided between 16 academic institutes, each of which is autonomous. The university offers Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral Degree programs, and enrollment requires prospective students to pass an entrance exam before being accepted.
During the university's long history there have been some particularly noteworthy professors who have conducted research or taught at Lviv Polytechnic National University. Professor Kazimierz Bartel, who had served as the Polish Prime Minister three times before taking up at professorship at the university, along with other professors such as mathematician Włodzimierz Stożek, and designer of the first welded road bridge, Stefan Bryła.
Among the notable former students of Lviv Polytechnic National University are a number of Polish and Ukrainian politicians, including former Polish prime minister Władysław Sikorski. The President of Mongolia, Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, and Tatiana Anodina, chairperson of the Interstate Aviation Committee, are also among the university’s alumni.