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.  

Thanks to donations from PJSC Gazprom, OOO Gazprom Komplektatsiya, OJSC Severgazprom, OJSC Svyazinvest, and other companies, a modern Public Legal Information/Library Centre will soon appear in the atrium of Building 7 on the 22nd Line of Vasilyevsky Island. The construction of this unique site of St Petersburg University has from the very start been financed exclusively through extra-budgetary funding.

The St Petersburg Multifunctional Clinical Centre, which used to be part of the Pirogov National Medical and Surgical Centre, is now part of St Petersburg University. Let us have a closer look at the University clinic — a future centre of multidisciplinary medical research.

By the end of the 1990s, the research equipment at the University had, to a great extent, become outdated.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

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

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...