• Vadim Prokhorov, Professor in the Department of Criminal Law at the Faculty of Law and Honorary Professor at St Petersburg University: What we focused on was disputed controversial issues. We had intense debate. From the very first years at the University, he has taken an avid interest in the subject of responsibility and justice. Such contemplation formed his ideology, frame of mind. (’What I see is a man committed to his work...’»)

  • There are more than 26,000 students at St Petersburg University from across the world and regions of Russia. The total number of staff across the University is more than 12,000.

Dear friends,

St Petersburg University is the leading university in Russia. Today, the University is a world-leading centre of teaching, learning, and research. We ensure that appropriate measures are in place to attract the world-recognised scientists and early-career researchers with ability, enthusiasm and commitment who will drive advancement in research.

There are more than 26,000 students at St Petersburg University from across the world and regions of Russia. The total number of staff across the University is more than 12,000

We have more than 15 research laboratories established by mega-grants of the Government of the Russian Federation or within our own grant schemes. We provide a conducive environment for conducting research with state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure to: make scientific drug discoveries for incurable diseases; ensure advances in prosthetic technology; study climate change; test innovative computer-aided methods for genome assembly; introduce cutting-edge mechanisms for data collection and storage; and ensure we lead research agenda across sciences

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Our 23 Resource Centres at the Research Park offer unrivalled facilities and infrastructure to scientists and researchers from across the globe. St Petersburg University is an open university. The University’s website provides full information relating to the University’s activities: the University’s officers; the University’s day-to-day administration; scientific breakthroughs; outstanding academic achievements of the University students; and opportunities the University offers to students, staff, and those who are willing to work with or study at the University.

Rector’s meetings are held at 12 noon on Monday each week at Room 2013, 7-9 Universitetskaya Embankment, St Petersburg, Russia.

Rector’s initiatives

Open University

Across St Petersburg University there is a tremendous amount of effort being put into ensuring the policy of openness and transparency. The University’s website provides open data about the University. It presents relevant information about managing, operating, finance, documentation, graduation projects. If any questions arise, you can submit your enquiry to the Virtual Reception. St Petersburg University is the first university in Russia to broadcast the dissertation defence procedures online.

The University’s knowledge and expertise

St Petersburg University is a Russia-leading centre that is full of experts on a diverse range of topics. The University’s experts and consultants prepare expert evaluation reports for: the Constitutional Court and Supreme Court of the Russian Federation; federal ministries and offices; senior officers of the subjects of the Russian Federation; state corporations; and private sector.

Research University

Over the previous eight years, St Petersburg University has been investing in its research capability by developing state-of-the-art research facilities and infrastructure. We provide an environment for researchers to use cutting-edge equipment at the University’s Research Park. Today, the University holds an open mega-grant competition to open research laboratories headed by the world-leading scientists.

The Research Park established on the principles of openness and accessibility for all researchers

By the early 1990s, the University’s research facilities and infrastructure had been outdated. Our big breakthrough came in 2007, when the University opened the Russia-leading Research Park.