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.  

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.

The staff of the St Petersburg University Scientific Library have been working to increase the number of University members registered in the RSCI and Science Index. During the last six months it has increased by one third to 5,039. There have also been associated increases in the number of publications registered in the RSCI from 84,600 to 98,900, and cited works published by University members from 299,000 to 411,000.

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

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


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 years after his first defence at the dissertation council. This time the defence took place in court.