The Department of physical education was established on 5 May, 1948.
Since July 7, 2015 the Department of physical education has been headed by Serhii S. Galyuza, Ph. D. (pedagogic). For the first time in the history of the Department there was an open competition for the vacant position of head of the Department of physical education. At the end of the contest, the meeting of the Academic Council of the Academy by secret ballot with a majority of votes elected the new head of the Department.
Before the foundation of the Department of physical education in the 40s of the last century was conducted a course of physical training, which was a part of the Department of military training. The first head of the course was Yakov P. Pankratov, a graduate of the Odessa College of physical education (1933).
The first head of Department was Boris D. Traktman. In 1938 he graduated from the national Institute of physical culture of Ukraine (Kharkiv), in 1943 from Tashkent medical Institute named after Molotov, 1961 – from the Kharkiv state pedagogical Institute of physical education named after G. S. Skovoroda, specialty: “physical education, human anatomy and physiology”
In May, 1978 the Department of physical education was headed by Eduard P. Stankievich, a graduate of the Odessa national pedagogical Institute named after K. D. Ushinsky (1964), specialty: “teacher of physical education, human anatomy and physiology.” E. P. Stankievich is a candidate master of sports in basketball and a National referee.
From October 2012 the Department of physical education was headed by Ivan I. Samokysh, Ph. D. (pedagogic).
Odessa national Academy of telecommunications named after A. S. Popov is proud of its students-athletes, who were the winners and prize-winners of World and European Championships, USSR Championships, Championships of Ukraine in different sports.
Professors of the Department of physical education conduct classes in physical education, physical rehabilitation and sports education. Under the supervision of the Department of physical education teams of the Academy take part in Regional students’ games in different kinds of sports.
The Department of physical education heads a number of sports events: sports days, sports nights, friendly matches. With the purpose to increase the level of sports skills of our students professors of our Department organized collective visits to various competitions, Championships and Cups of Ukraine, international matches.