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.  

By the end of the 1990s, the research equipment at the University had, to a great extent, become outdated.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...

Mikhail Kudilinsky, Vice-Rector for Economic Development of St Petersburg University, tells us how the Rector refused the money for construction work, why the dean of the Faculty of Management was reprimanded, and how many criminal and administrative law provisions were violated, as well as why the new campus of St Petersburg University has become a unique project on the national scale and when new halls of residence will appear on the territory of the Mikhailovskaya Dacha campus.

In the summer of 1999, then-Dean of the Faculty of Law N. Kropachev refused to abide by the so-called “Rector’s List” during University entrance exams. The “Rector’s List” is a list of applicants who are to get a good mark on the entrance exam regardless of their knowledge. A few days after that, Kropachev took part in Sergei Chernyadyev’s TV show “Sobytie” (Russian for “Event”) on the TRK Petersburg channel.