Odessa is known as “SEA GATE OF NATION”. And any gate is intended to open. With that aim in mind 80 years ago there was established “Vodniy Institute” - Water Transport Institute – the most marine and the most Odessalike of all.
Odessa National Maritime University (ONMU) a versatile educational institution, which prepares graduates of all educationalqualifying levels (Bachelor, Specialist, Master) for full maintenance of personnel requirements for maritime and river branch.
It was established on June, 12 1930 as the Odessa Institute of Water Transport Engineers. In May 1945 the Institute was named as Odessa Institute of Marine Fleet Engineers. In 1994 the Institute was renamed into the Odessa State Maritime University.
Considering national and international significance of the results of University’s activity and its important contribution into development of education and science, the University was awarded with National status by the Decree of the President of Ukraine on February, 26 2002.
The ONMU is under direct subordination of the Ministry of Science sand Education of Ukraine and has got the IV-th (the highest) level of accreditation.
In 2003 the ONMU successfully completed the certification of international quality management systems ISO 9001: 2000.
The University is a member of the European Association of Universities (EAU), South East European Association of Transport Researches (SETREF), International Association of Maritime University (IAMU), and Magna Charta Universitatum. The ONMU is the Coordinator of the University Network of Central European Initiative (CEI) in Ukraine.
Since 1995 ONMU participated in Trans-European Programs of Cooperation (TACІS -TEMPUS) and CEI Programmes.
Odessa National Maritime University has trained staff for maritime industry of foreign countries since 1950. For this period there has been prepared graduates for 90 countries of Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.
The structure of University includes 7 faculties which prepare specialists on 12 specialities and carry out retraining of personnel.