The foundation of the Kiev Polytechnic Institute was laid in honor of the governor Aleksander II in 1898. Originally, the educational institution had only four branches. The KPI adopted the well-known German and Latvian polytechnics’ models. It should be noted that the first chairman of the examination committee was D. Mendeleyev.
Nowadays, Kiev Polytechnic Institute is one of the largest institutions in Europe and is considered the most famous Ukrainian institute. The KPI includes 21 faculties, 9 educational and research institutes, 12 research institutes and 14 research centers.
In 2011, the institute was ranked for the first time among the world universities according to QS World University Rankings.
The Park of Kiev Polytechnic Institute is one of its attractions. Its area is about 14 hectares. In the period from 2004 to 2008, more than 40% of the park area was reconstructed.
Another highlight of KPI is the museum - the only Ukrainian institution, devoted to the history of the world and Ukrainian engineering. The museum collection has more than 10,000 exhibits. In 2008, after the restoration there was opened a new exhibition hall "The History of Aviation and Space" named after I. Sikorskyi. In the "Space" hall there is a collection devoted to the Baikonur Cosmodrome.