University: A Fresh Start

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.  

In 2010, within the framework of the University management reform, temporary posts of vice rectors for areas of study were established. Their task was to unite the fragmented university resources (premises, equipment, library and information resources, food outlets, etc.) and organize access to them and their use by all the University students.

Imagine an impossible situation: in one part of the city (for example, on Vasilievsky Island), the green traffic light means 'Go!' and the red light means 'Stop!', while in another part of the same city (say, in the Petrodvortsovy District), yellow means 'Go!' and green is 'Stop!' (and red means 'ask the traffic officer').

Imagine how a student in Japanese studies was impressed by visiting Osaka in April-May 2005: a graduate-to-be first realised that she could speak Japanese! Unfortunately, she had had no chance to practice Japanese with native-speakers so far. That was the case ten years ago.  

A diligent SPbU student can get up to speed on any changes in his tomorrow's schedule the night before the next school day, and a disorganised student can look up today’s classes in the morning, while hurrying to the bus stop. The online timetable is accessible to everyone now, even on a tablet or a smartphone.

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