University: A Fresh Start

St Petersburg University is the oldest 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 have helped the University to constantly evolve, to develop its facilities and its infrastructure, to improve the quality of its education and to maintain its high standing in the academic community and with leading employers, both in Russia and abroad.  

Question: On your website, much is written about the University library and about what has been done to save some parts of its collections. Could you provide some more details on what has already been done, what remains to be done and who is responsible for what happened to the library in the past?

AnswerSt Petersburg University Press Secretary Aleksey Zavarzin 

In 2010-2011, each University building was inspected; until this point, they had not been thoroughly inspected.

The University owns thousands of pieces of equipment that are not part of the St Petersburg University Research Park resource centres. It would be difficult to inventory the equipment for the following reasons: the equipment is scattered over numerous premises; it is not always listed on the inventory register; it is not used to its full capacity; and it is often employed inefficiently. The task at hand is to create a register of equipment and regulations for its use that would be convenient for everyone.

In 2008, the Rector stumbled upon several hundred thousand books when he was inspecting University premises in the Petrodvorets District. Book collections were being kept in warehouses located at 6 Astronomicheskaya Street, building 1. These warehouses were not suitable for storing books. Books found included volumes from special libraries that were supplementary to the main University collections. Many of these books were rare, pre-revolutionary editions.

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