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.  

A story on why an honoured guest from Moscow refused to enter the University library, on a prediction made by the Dean of the Faculty of Economics, on how it is possible to build a boiler house when building a library... And on many other things...

Minerals needed for appearance of life on earth were discovered by SPbU scientists in rock samples found in the vicinity of the Dead Sea. The results of the study and the new concept explaining how life began on our planet were recently published in Scientific Reports (an international scientific journal published by the Nature Publishing Group).

How do old editions become modern and how does a text printed on paper become digitized? How are books “reproduced”? To answer these questions, we visited the Presidential Library, where rare editions of the late 19th and early 20th centuries from the SPbU Maksim Gorky Research Library have been recently digitized.

By the end of the 1990s, the research equipment at the University had become to a  great extent outdated. In the last 8 years, we have made a leap forward: the University managed to create the best University Research Park in Russia and considerably update its laboratory facilities. The SPbU Research Park now provides cutting-edge research facilities, serving as an experimental base for scientific research at a totally new level.

The St. Petersburg Multidisciplinary Clinical Centre, separated from the Pirogov National Medical & Surgical Centre, is now part of St. Petersburg University. Let us have a better look at the University medical centre — the future centre of multidisciplinary medical research.