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.  

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.

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.