The origins of the university reach 1960, when Ternopil All-technical Department of the Lviv Polytechnic Institute with the extra-mural and part-time study forms was organized on the 11th of March. Stolyarchuk V.P., Ph.D. was appointed the Head of the Department; and the training was conducted by 12 teachers. In February 1962 Shcherbakov A.O., Ph.D. started working as the Head of the Department. At the same time full-time specialist training was opened.
On May 15th 1964 the Department was reorganized into Ternopil affiliate of Lviv Polytechnic University with the first chairs of higher mathematics, drawing geometry and graphics, technical mechanics, physics and energetics. Shcherbakov A.O., Ph.D. became director of the affiliate. In 1964-1968 new chairs were formed: the Chair of social and political sciences, theoretical mechanics, foreign languages, metal technologies, machine tools and instruments, physics, general and theoretical electrics and physical education. At that time the affiliate trained specialists in the following specialties: mechanical engineering, metal-cutting machine tools and instruments, electrical measuring equipment and radio equipment.
In March 1968 Polishchuk A.G., Ph.D. became director of the affiliate. The intense work on the necessary instrumentation of teaching rooms and laboratories, expansion of the teaching areas, replenishment of the teaching staff with Candidates and Doctors of Science, organization of the Extra-Mural Studies Department and creation of the chair affiliates at production was being conducted.
In October 1985 Shabliy O.M., Sc.D was appointed director of the Ternopil affiliate of Lviv Polytechnic University. He initiated the opening of new specialties: technology and equipment of the welding production, automation of the technological processes and productions, instrumentation, biotechnical and medical apparatuses and systems; construction of the new teaching building was conducted. Due to the active and effective work of the headsand staff on the 27th of February 1991, Ternopil InstrumentationInstitute was created on the basis of the Ternopil affiliate of Lviv Polytechnic University, being the second higher educational institution of this directionin Ukraine. The first rector chosen by the staff was Shabliy O.M., Sc.D. At that time the Institute comprised 3 departments integrating 13 chairs. The general quantity of students was 2420. 150 teachers worked at the Institute, 76 of them being Candidates and Doctors of Science. Since April 1995 the educational institution has carried the name of the outstanding Ukrainian scientist and public man Ivan Pul'uj. In accordance with the decision of the InterbranchAccreditation Commission, in 1994 the Institute was accredited as a IV level educational institution.
The creation of the Institute was a powerful impetus to the new quality changes and further growth. The restructuring of the economy of the region and the necessity of providing staff for overcoming the crisis helped change the orientation of the Institute and carry out its considerable structural reconstruction. The Institute has practically lost its narrow applied line gradually transforming into the multibranch higher technical educational institution.
Considering the real developments and achievements of the staff, the Regulation of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine № 1536 from the 30th of December 1996 approved the creation of Ternopil Ivan Pul'uj State Technical University on the basis of Ternopil InstrumentationInstitute. Academician Shabliy O.M. became the rector of the university.
University is an educational, scientific, engineering and cultural centre of the western region of Ukraine. Nowadays it is the only higher technical educational institution of the region providing the training of specialists of all qualification levels, Doctors and Candidates of Science for the region comprising also Chernivtsi, Ivano-Frankivsk, Khmelnytskyy and Rivne.
Since 1999 the university has been a full member of the European University Association - an organization uniting more than 600 European universities, it also holds membership in the national association of rectors from 43 countries which is the main representative organ for the higher educational institutions in Europe. The European University Association is a consultative member of the Supporting group of the Conference of Ministers of Education from European countries. The university takes active part in fulfilling one of the main tasks of the association which is the creation of the European higher education space where students, teachers and scientists would be able to accomplish their own intentions and ideas on the basis of the established European educational norms.
On the 16th of September 2005 Ternopil Ivan Pul'uj State Technical University joined the European Declaration of the higher educational institutions of the Magna Charta Universitatum comprising fundamental principles, rights and duties of the universities as the outposts of culture, knowledge and research and uniting more than 530 leading universities of Europe, among them 14 from Ukraine.
The range of specialties taught at the affiliate, institute and, finally, university has gradually extended, and presently the amount of specialties for bachelors, specialists and masters reaches the number of 20. Altogether they are united in 15 directions.
8 departments are functioning within the university: Computer Technologies Department, Department of Computer Information Systems and Program Engineering, Electrical Engineering Department, Food and Processing Production Department, Mechanical Engineering Department, Economy and Entrepreneurship Department, Department of Management and Business in Production, Department of Testing Instruments and Radio Computer Systems. The training is also conducted at the International studies centre and Pre-university studies centre. The re-training and skill upgrading is organized by the Post-graduate studies centre.
The educational process is assured by 34 chairs. Among them there are 5 humanitarian chairs (Ukrainian Studies and Philosophy; Psychology in Production; Foreign Languages; Sports and Physical Rehabilitation and Physical Education); 3 fundamental chairs (Higher Mathematics; Physics and Mathematical Methods in Engineering); 4 all-engineering chairs (Graphic Modeling; Information Science and Mathematical Modeling; Construction Mechanics and Electrical Engineering) and 22 specialized chairs (Mechanical Engineering; Computer Technologies in Mechanical Engineering; Food Biotechnology and Chemistry; Food Technologies Equipment; Production Marketing; Production Management; Entrepreneurship Management; Computer Sciences; Machine Tools, Device and Machines Design; Technical Mechanics and Agricultural Machine Building; Illuminating Engineering; Welding Production Technologies and Equipment; Apparatuses and Testing Instruments; Biotechnical Systems; Automation of Technological Processes and Production; Computer Integrated Technologies; Energy-Saving and Energy Management; Power Consumption Systems and Computer Technologies in Power Industry; Radio Computer Systems; Economic Cybernetics; Economic Theory, Finance, Registry and Control).
The following training centers are functioning at the university: Information technologies centre comprising the regional CISCO academy, regional centre for the certified specialists training on the programs of Microsoft IT Àñàdemy and SUN Microsystems, the laboratory of the Shnaider-Electricenterprise and certification examination centre of the European Virtual University. The graduates of the academy receive certificates of the international standard.
Ternopil Ivan Pul'uj Technical University also includes the Technical College in Ternopil and the Gusyatyn and Zboriv Colleges situated in Gusyatyn and Zboriv respectively.
Presently the general enrollment of students, masters and post-graduate students in the university alone comprises around 6000 persons. The general licensed amount of full time bachelors is 945 persons, masters - 325 and specialists - 695 persons; the amount of distance studies bachelors is 900 persons, masters - 320 and specialists - 865 persons.
TSTU has founded and is a leading member of the regional educational and scientific amalgamation "Technical personnel", the Junior Academy of Sciences, educational and scientific complexes "Svitlo", "Gazda", "Dostatok", "Agromash", "Computer" and "Proforientatsiya". Pre-university student training is conducted at the Technical Lyceum of the university and amalgamation "Vatra" as well as at the lyceum school in Dobryvody, specialized schools and gymnasiums.
In 1995 the university transferred to the specialist training pursuant to the educational and professional programs of the Ministry of Education of Ukraine. The education model approved envisions, besides the high professional training, the accomplishment of task-oriented programs of the intense fundamental training and computer education, modernization of the economic sciences teaching, humanization of the educational process, development of the foreign language teaching and advance in the legal education of specialists.
Teaching staff is represented by 332 teachers, one of them being a Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, another is a member of the New-York Academy of Sciences; there are 10 Academicians and Corresponding Members of the branch Academies of Sciences of Ukraine, 48 Doctors of Science, Professors and 214 Candidates of Science, Professor Assistants. Among them there is a great many well-known and esteemed scientists and pedagogues: Academician of the Academy of Engineering Sciences, Sc.D., Professor, Honored Man of Science and Technology of Ukraine Shabliy O.M.; Academician, Honored Inventor of Ukraine, Sc.D. Gevko B.M., Sc.D. Rybak T.I.; Professors Didukh L.D., Kovalchyk Y.P., Molchanov A.D., Nikonenko V.M., Shtefanych D.A.., Zubchenko I.I., Stukhlyak P.D., Yasnij P.V., Lutsiv I.V., Yukalo V.G. ; Professor Assistants Grynchutskyy V.I., Mykhaylyshyn M.S., Kryvyy P.D.,. Tataryn B.P., Lobas V.V., Shelestovskyy B.G., Kukharska V.B., Prots Y.I., Yamko M.P., Bunyak A.M., Juk M.P., Bakushevych I.V., Yavorskyy B.I., Mylyk M.P. etc.
A lot of our graduates has connected their further work to the university, among them Academician of the Academy of Engineering Sciences of Ukraine, Rector, Sc.D. Petro Yasniy; Vice-Rector for Teaching and Educational Affairs, Sc.D. Ihor Lutsiv; the member of the Writer Association of Ukraine, public man, Vice-Rector for Humanitarian Education and Pedagogical Work, Ph.D. Oleg Herman; Head of Computer Technologies Department, Sc.D., Stukhlyak P.D.; Head of Mechanical Engineering Department, Ph.D., Yuriy Palyvoda; Head of Department of Management and Business in Production, Ph.D. Andriy Oksentiuk etc. We are proud of our graduates occupying responsible posts at Ternopil enterprises - amalgamation "Vatra", Combine Factory, factory "Saturn" as well as other enterprises in different regions of Ukraine.
University students can acquire master degree as well as continue their studies as post-graduate and doctoral students. 4 specialized councils on the Ph.D. (Sc.D.) thesis defense are functioning; well-known scientific schools both in Ukraine and abroad were created. Over the last 3 years 27 persons have obtained the degree of Candidate of Science and 5 persons obtained the degree of Doctor of Science.
The works of our scientists were on repeated occasions exposed at the international exhibitions, especially at the exhibitions of medical instrumentation, information technologies (1997 - 2006, Hanover, Federal Republic of Germany) etc. The developments were exposed at the I and II International investment forums of the Ternopil region. High estimation of the results of research conducted by the scientists of the university is confirmed by the awards and diplomas obtained at the exhibitions.
In 1995 TSTU became the first Ternopil higher educational institution to initiate the publishing of the "Scientific Herald" with the volume of more than 200 pages. TSTU is also a co-founder of another specialized scientific edition - "Galician Economic Herald".
The university cooperates actively with foreign educational and scientific institutions in the branch of education and research. In particular it has ties with the Compien University (France), Ukrainian Free University (FRG), Technical University "Wroclaw Polytechnic", Rzeszow Polytechnic, Hua Zhong Technical University (China), Institute for Materials Testing, Materials Science and Strength of Materials at the University of Stuttgart, University of Maribor (Slovennia), CISCO, Schneider-Electric, Microsoft, STelectronic enterprises etc. Within the framework of the cooperation numerous agreements are signed, joint research in the branch of mass transfer processes is conducted with the Compien University as well as the Pierre and Marie Curie University (France). Joint research is also conducted with the scientists of the University of Birmingham (United Kingdom), Lulea University (Sweden) and University of Maribor (Slovennia) in the branch of destruction mechanics. Scientific cooperation with the joint Ukrainian-Chinese science park in Tzinan (China) is conducted as well.
Physical infrastructure of the university and its structures comprises 11 education, science and research buildings with the general area of around 60 000 sq. meters, 6 dormitories, gyms, student canteens and accommodations for the art activities.
In 2003 a sports and recreation centre "Polytechnic" with a 25-metre swimming pool of the Olympic type with 200-seat grandstand, a big a gym with spectator stands for 350 persons, a gymnastic area, a workout room, a weightlifting room as well as an aerobics and fitness hall was put in commission. The Olympic champions as well as world and European skiing, kickboxing, weightlifting and swimming champions train and work at the university. University basketball team, well-known in the sports circles, is a winner among the students' teams of the western zone.
The university implements modern higher school development tendencies in its activities to the full extent; it satisfies the needs of the region and the district in the highly qualified specialists, acting as a scientific and cultural centre.