The creation of a polytechnic-type higher educational institution in Sumy relates to the development of the Sumy Frunze Machine-Building Plant. At that time, most engineering and management positions were held by specialists with secondary special education. That is why in February 1948 a joint order of the Union Ministries of Higher Education, Mechanical Engineering and Instrumentation laid the conditions for the establishment of a training and consulting point at Moscow Correspondence Institute of the Metal Industry (later - All-Union Correspondence Power Engineering Institute).


In 1958, in connection with the organization of the Ukrainian Correspondence Polytechnic Institute, the training and consulting point was transferred to its structure.


In May 1960, the Sumy General Technical Faculty of Ukrainian Correspondence Polytechnic Institute was established based on the training consulting point. V. Popov was appointed the first Dean of General Technical Faculty.


On November 11th, 1965, the Sumy General Technical Faculty of the Ukrainian Correspondence Polytechnic Institute was transferred to the Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute.


In 1966 the Sumy General Technical Faculty was reorganized into the Sumy branch of the Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute as a part of two faculties with the first admission to the full-time form of study.


In 1970, the branch was subordinated to Konotop General Technical Faculty, which was previously part of the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute. The first graduation of full-time students took place in 1971.


The branch gained a new pace of development at a time when Ivan Hrintsov was the Head of the region (1975–1988). During that time: the general plan of development of the institution was approved; funds from line ministries were raised for the construction of buildings and residences; in 1981 the branches were transferred from "Khimprom" 2 buildings of the technical school № 1 (now - "Technical" and "Mechanical" buildings); a two-story dining room was built, etc.


In 1984 the construction was completed and the main 14-story educational and administrative building, residence № 2, garages and warehouses, ski base were put into operation; in 1986 - residence № 3; in 1988 - the central building, water, and rowing base; in 1989 - a 4-story library building. 

A group of scientists led by the head of the Department of Economics, Doctor of Economics, Prof. Oleg Balatskyi developed the first in the state method for determining the economic efficiency of environmental improvement.

The student movement also developed. Construction teams of polytechnics worked on new buildings in Ukraine, Bulgaria, Siberia, and Central Asia.


In 1990, the conditions were created for the transformation of the branch into an independent higher educational institution of engineering and technical orientation with the ideology of the priority of the fundamental component of training. 

Resolution of the Council of Ministers of the USSR № 299 of 08.10.1990 Sumy Institute of Physics and Technology was created on the base of the Sumy branch of Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute.


In 1991, the first majors of economic orientation and management were opened at the institute, their own postgraduate studies (in 1994 - doctoral studies), the first specialized scientific councils, and the training of foreign students began.


Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine № 646 of 13.08.1993 established Sumy State University on the base of Sumy Institute of Physics and Technology.

In the period of 1993–2004, such areas of training as IT and mechanical and mathematical orientation, translation, law, journalism, marketing, ecology, chemical technology, materials science, energy management, electrical power consumption systems, quality, standardization, and certification, as well as internships, residency, training according to the program of reserve officers, retraining of specialists (second higher education) and advanced training in basic areas were launched; Shostka and Konotop institutes were established, the university structure included four technical schools, colleges, the Military Institute of Missile Troops and Artillery.


Since August 17th, 2004, the university was headed by prof. Anatoliy Vasylyev, who worked as the first Deputy Director of the branch, the first vice-rector of Sumy Institute of Physics and Technology, SumDU since 1978. The development of the institution is continuing according to the concept of scientific-educational-industrial complex, open high-tech university of innovative, research type, where scientific activity in combination with activity in the international scientific-educational space with priority development of information and computer technologies is the most important component, with the characteristic of the organic unity of the fundamental and professional content of education.


Since the 2004/2005 academic year, training in certain majors in English has been introduced.

The range of majors in various fields has been significantly expanded: in 2005–2015, “Media Communications”, “Advertising and Public Relations”, “International Economics”, “Business Administration”, “Innovation Management”, “Project Management”, and “Project Management” were opened as well as “Management of Financial and Economic Security”, “Administrative Management", "Civil Service", "Intellectual Property", "Preventive Medicine", "Dentistry", "Physical Rehabilitation", "Sports", "Social Work", "Information communication technologies", "Telecommunications"; also, a number of relevant specialties were opened in technical schools and colleges, postgraduate studies were significantly developed.


In 2012, the university was first represented by students as part of the Ukrainian national team at the XXX Olympic Games in London. At those competitions, Taras Shelestiuk won a bronze medal in boxing. At the XXII Winter Olympic Games (2014) in Sochi, SumDU students Yulia Dghima, Vita and Valya Semerenko won gold medals in the biathlon relay race and a bronze medal in the biathlon sprint.


In 2014, the university ranked fourth among Ukrainian universities in the group of TOP-700 universities in the world one of the world's most prestigious QS rankings, which determined SumDU in the group of leaders of the Ukrainian educational and scientific space.


2015 and 2016 will go down in the history of higher education as a complex and successful process of combining the efforts of Sumy State University and the Ukrainian Academy of Banking (UAB) into a single educational institution. The purpose is to provide, first of all, the educational process and scientific research of significantly higher quality, preservation, and expansion of conditions for the comprehensive development of the personality of students and staff.


By the beginning of the 2016/2017 academic year, decisions were made and implemented to merge the two faculties of the Academy into the UAB Institute of Business Technologies; two law faculties - the Institute of Law; due to the reorganization, the departments of legal orientation and certain departments of the Institute of Business Technologies were consolidated.

In 2016–2018, the range of majors was replenished with such as “Psychology”, “Management of Socio-Cultural Activities”, “Pediatrics”, “Public Health”, “Secondary education (physics)”, certain majors of internship, postgraduate studies, doctoral studies, significantly increased volumes of scientific research, grant activity. The university is confidently included in the group of leaders of the Ukrainian scientific and educational space, recognized by the most famous international rankings QS, Times, Shanghai as a higher education institution with a high scientific component, and QS ranking SumDU in the TOP 150 among "rapidly growing young universities”.


On April 16th, 2018, the Sumy State Institute of Mineral Fertilizers and Pigments was terminated by the order of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine № 370 by joining the university as a structural unit. 


In 2020, for the first time, the study programmes of the majors "Psychology" (bachelor's degree), "Applied Mathematics" (master's degree), and "Economics" (Doctor of Philosophy) received the status of "exemplary".



Since February 2021, the university is headed by Prof. Vasyl Karpusha, who since 2000 worked as the Head of the Department, Dean, Vice-rector and for more than 15 years - the First Vice-rector. The development of the university continued according to the concept of the university of research, entrepreneurial type. Already in March 2021, according to the results of the state certification in terms of scientific activities in the five-year period, the university entered the highest qualification group in most scientific areas, which is the highest among the HEIs of Ukraine. Because of the significant growth of the postgraduate contingent (more than 550 people as of March 2021), the Institute of Training of Staff of Highest Qualification was established. In the same year, the State Center for Olympic Beach Volleyball Training was established on the basis of the university.

Development continues…

Sumy State University is open to the world, ready for the future.

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