Altai State University

Altai State University

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Altai State University is one of the leading Russian classical higher education institutions established in 1973. It is a major educational, research and cultural center located in the Asian part of the country, integrated into international academic community, training the intellectual elite and conducting high-impact research.

ASU consists of 12 faculties; Institute for Additional Education; 4 scientific research institutes; more than 30 applied research laboratories and research centers, 15 of which are SB RAS joint laboratories; 14 scholar schools, 2 of which have been acknowledged to be the leading scholar schools of Russia; science museums network; library with the collection of more than 1 million units.

The University develops in the framework of 12 core and 45 additional scientific areas with the highest priority in agro bio industry; biotechnology; biomedicine; food and ecological security; physics; mathematical modelling of natural, technological, social and economic processes; information technologies; innovational development of Siberian economy; geo-ecological monitoring; nanotechnology.

The University employs more than 2,500 people, 1,000 of which are teaching staff and scientific workers, including 4 academicians and 3 corresponding members of RAS, 139 Doctors and 576 Candidates of Science.

The University takes one of the leading places in Siberia in terms of number of students being trained (around 13,000 students, more than 3,000 yearly graduates). The number of international students, coming mostly from Asian countries, is increasing annually by 50%.

Altai State University is a member of influential international organizations such as Shanghai Cooperation Organization University, Eurasian Universities Association, Asian Universities Association, Association of the Universities of Far East and Siberia of the Russian Federation and North-Eastern Regions of China, International Association for Continuing Education, Asia-Pacific Quality Network.

The University’s high status is being constantly verified by Russian and international rankings:

  • 141-150 place in Top BRICS Universities Ranking by QS;
  • 81-90 place in Universities of CIS, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia Ranking by INTERFAX Information Agency;
  • 104-153 place in CIS Universities Ranking by Expert RA Agency;
  • 66 place of 1484 Russian Educational and Scientific Institutions by Webometrics;
  • 9 place in Ranking Web of Repositories Webometrics among Russian electronic libraries;
  • 31 place in Ranking of 386 Russian Universities;
  • 4 place in GreenMetric Ranking of Russian Higher Education Organizations.

ASU is located in Barnaul, the capital of Altai Krai. Altai Krai is a Russian federal subject situated in the South-East of Western Siberia at 3000 km from Moscow. The region possesses extensive land, water and forest resources, huge reserves of minerals, enormous recreational potential – more than 30 reservations and nature sanctuaries provide the unique flora and fauna preservation. The most important economic sectors are trade, agriculture, food industry, pharmaceuticals, and mechanical engineering. The region is particularly proud of its high ecological rating, which predetermines rapid tourism development.

The unique geographical position of Altai Krai, located in the center of Asia near such countries as Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Armenia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, predestinates the University’s mission – to appear as an international research and educational center that integrates, develops and spreads the modern Western, Russian and Asian knowledge in education, science and culture within the Asian region. ASU is a participant and organizer of a number of landmark events: I Asian Students Forum “Education without borders. Altai-Asia – 2012”, II Asian Students Forum “Kyrgyzstan-Asia – 2015”, International Biotechnological Symposium “Bio-Asia, Altai – 2015”, Central Asian Youth Leadership Summit, International School for Young Asian Scientists, etc.  Active collaboration between ASU and colleagues from foreign countries encourages the strengthening of international relations and culture, productive scientific activities, integration into education space of Asian region.

Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties

  • Arts
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Geography
  • History
  • Law
  • Mathematics and IT
  • Mass Communication, Philology and Political Science
  • Physics and Technology
  • Psychology and Pedagogics
  • Sociology
  • International Institute of Economics, Management and Informational Systems


The University was established after great work undertaken by the Altai Regional Committee of the Party. First Secretary of the Regional Committee of the Communist Party Alexander Georgiev, in his memo on «The organization of the Altai State University» to the Ministry of Higher Education of the Soviet Union on Dec. 6, 1972 grounded the need of a new institution of higher education in the Altai region with multi-instruction, because the region urgently needed highly qualified specialists. (See Annex)

In 1972, the Regional Committee of the CPSU and the Regional Executive Board appealed to General Secretary LI Brezhnev with a persuasive letter about opening a university in Altai. 27 December, 1972 the Secretariat of the CPSU Central Committee considered it and found the establishment of the Altai University well-reasoned and timely. December 31, 1972 Bureu of the Regional Committee and the Regional Executive Board adopted a resolution «On organization of Altai State University», which defined practical steps to establish the university. March 27, 1973 the Council of Ministers of USSR adopted Resolution № 179 of the opening of the University in Barnaul. (See Appendix) May 25, 1973 resolution № 279 was adopted by the Council of Ministers of the RSFSR. Pursuant to the decision the Ministers of Higher and Secondary Special Education of the USSR and the RSFSR issued orders 274 and 229 on the organization of the Altai State University. In September 1973, ASU started up the educational process.

Order of the Ministry of Higher Education of the RSFSR № 253 dated May 29, 1973 shaped the initial structure of the university. In accordance with the order there were five faculties in the university: History and Philology, Law, Economics, Chemistry and Biology, Physics and Mathematics. Education in 9 specialties was provided: history, philology, law, labor economics, planning and organization of industrial production, chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics and economic cybernetics. In 1973 training of historians, linguists, lawyers, and economists was begun. Next year the university began education of chemists, biologists, mathematicians, physicists. Then the structure of the university underwent some changes.

In 1973, two more faculties were introduced: law and historical-philological faculty (not yet approved by the Ministry of Higher Education of the RSFSR: the order of their organization was issued later, on Jan. 2, 1974).

On May, 29 candidate of science in History, associate professor Neverov V.I. was appointed the first rector of the Altai State University recommended by the Regional Committee of the Communist Party.

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