SPbU is the first university in Russia, an actively developing world-class centre of research and education. The recent history of the University has seen a number of important events that have determined its future.

In this section you will find information on how these new developments help SPbU to constantly evolve, to develop the facilities and the infrastructure, to improve the quality of education and maintain the University’s high standing in the academic community and with the leading employers both in Russia and abroad.  

Question: On your web-site, much is written about the University’s Library and about what has been done to save the library collections. Could you provide some more details on what has already been done, what is to be done and who is responsible for what was happening to the library in the past?

 

Answer: SPbU Press Secretary Aleksey A. Zavarzin 

In 2010-2011, due to the fact that the University’s buildings and premises had not been subject to thorough inspections, each premise was inventoried.

It is just the matter of 16–17 bln roubles — and by 2020 all the previous orders executed

Established by Peter’s the Great decree in 1724, St Petersburg University is the only Russia’s university with 290 years of history. The special status of the University, as the oldest university in Russia, is granted by the Federal Law “About Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov and St Petersburg State University”, which states that SPbU and MSU are granted the special status of “unique scientific and educational complexes, the oldest institutions of higher education in Russia being of great importance to the development of the Russian society”. Today, SPbU student body is over 30,000.

In the summer of 1999, N. Kropachev, who was the Dean of the Faculty of Law at the time, refused to take into account the so-called rector’s list during the entrance exams. (The “rector’s list” is a list of applicants who are to get a good grade during the entrance exam regardless of their knowledge.) A few days after that he took part in Sergei Chernyadyev’s TV show “Sobytie” (Russian for “Event”) on TRK Petersburg channel.

Mikhail Kudilinsky, Vice Rector for Economic Development of SPbU, tells us how the Rector refused the money for construction work, why the dean of the Faculty of Management was reprimanded, and how many criminal and administrative law provisions were violated, as well as why the new campus of St. Petersburg State University has become a unique project on the national scale and when new halls of residence will appear on the territory of the Mikhailovskaya Dacha campus.