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.  

Nikolay Rogulin, candidate of history and associate professor at the Department of Source Studies of Russian History, successfully defended his thesis on 12 December 2014 — for a second time, 14 year after his first defence at the dissertation council. This time the defence took place in court.

A new building in Peterhof and the project at 7/9 Universitetskaya Embankment, building C

SPbU continues the construction work on a new University building in Peterhof. The building is expected to be used for the programmes of military training as well as educational and research purposes — in particular, to house the laboratory of robotics.

The work of the staff of the SPbU Research Library carried out during six months has led to the increase in the number of the University members registered in the RSCI and Science Index by one third (to 5,039). The number of publications registered in the RSCI has during this period increased from 84,600 to 98,900, while the number of cited works published by the University members has increased from 299,000 to 411,000.

How does it happen? What mechanisms are used? How effective are they? We talk about the role of the students in improving the quality of education at the University with the Vice Rector for Academic Affairs Ekaterina Babelyuk.

Several hundred thousand books were found by the Rector quite accidentally in 2008, when he was inspecting the University premises in Petrodvorets District. Book collections from the so-called special libraries, which were supplementary to the main University collections and included many rare pre-revolutionary editions, were kept in the warehouses not suitable for storing books, located at 6 Astronomicheskaya Street, building 1.