A need for new type of fundamental engineers to work in the new sectors of aviation science and technology arose in Russia in the early 20th century. An outstanding Russian scientist the founder of aerodynamics Professor Nikolai Zhukovsky initiated the foundation of scientific and educational centres to conduct the necessary research and training of scientists and engineers for the industry’s development. Under the patronage of his follower, an outstanding scientist and teacher Boris Yuriev, Aeromechanical Department was founded at the mechanical faculty of MVTU (Moscow Higher Technical School). It was converted into Aeromechanical Faculty in 1929. On the 20th of March 1930, it was decided to split MVTU into five specialised engineering schools, Higher Aeromechanical School (VAMU) being one of them. In the spring of 1930, the first cohort of students was enrolled in the school. The number of students at this period was about 450. The classes were held in two and even three shifts.
In August 1930 the School was renamed the Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI).
We create the technologies to shape the future, and we train teams and leaders of change.
Doctors of Sciences
Candidates of Sciences and Assistant Professors
In 2021 MAI joined the ranks of the 8 high-tech industry leading universities as part of the state program of development of the higher education. MAI strategic development projects and programs:
Big Data, Machine Learning, Internet of Things
Prospective Propulsion and Power Units
Electric Jet Engines
Electrical Power Engineering and Engineering Systems Electrification
Hi-tech products service
MAI monitors the achievements of its alumni on the regular basis. MAI graduates are among the top-managers of the largest companies. More than 80% of MAI graduates work in their degree field and constitute the backbone of the leading enterprises of the aerospace industry. MAI alumni launch high-tech startups and take leading positions in executive bodies.
Honored Test Pilots, Heroes of USSR and Russian Federation
General and Chief Designers, Top Managers of leading industry companies
Multi-level training system is implemented within the framework of continuous education system in the University.
Applicants were enrolled in 2022 by 33 areas of bachelor's training, 23 areas of master's training, 8 specialties.
In MAI 15 areas of training for specialists of the highest category are accredited, as well as provision of educational services within the framework of additional professional education for more than 100 programs for high-tech industry companies is licensed.More about
25 000+ schoolchildren
9 mega directions
Countries where MAI students come from
Universities MAI has cooperation agreements with
The University educates foreign students from 9 CIS and 74 far-abroad countries. Major agreements were signed with the countries of Southeast Asia region (Malaysia, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam), as well as with China, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, India, Egypt, South Africa and others.
One of the most promising areas of MAI international activity is the launch of educational programs for foreign students in English.
Currently, the university is implementing programs in the following areas: "Aircraft Engineering", "Aircraft Engines", "Missile Systems and Cosmonautics", "Avionics and Electrification of Engineering Systems" – the courses are lectured in English.
MAI scientific and research philosophy is based on the forecasting of the development of markets and technologies and cooperation with industry leaders. The University participates in complex projects, including international ones (MC-21, CR929, Sukhoi Superjet New, SFERA, etc.). MAI is actively working on the diversification of developments and technologies in other industries, such as new energy, medicine, agriculture, ecology, etc.
Revenue volume received from scientific and innovative activity
Scientific and research laboratories and centers
Design bureau, including student-run ones
MAI environment creates all the necessary conditions for effective scientific and educational activities, sports, creativity and self-development.
The campus that hosts more than 7000 people, new and renovated public spaces, co-working spots, cafes, sports grounds – the infrastructure of the university is constantly being improved. Modern laboratories, full-scale samples of equipment, flight simulators and our own supercomputer make it possible to develop the most breakthrough competencies in MAI.