- State University of Nizhny Novgorod
State University of Nizhny Novgorod
State University of Nizhny Novgorod is one of the top classical universities in Russia. As an innovative university, the University of Nizhni Novgorod provides high-quality research-based education in a broad range of academic disciplines.
The combination of high educational quality and accessibility of education due to a great variety of academic programmes and forms of training is a distinctive feature of the University. By the decision of the Russian Government, UNN was awarded the prestigious status of a National Research University in 2009.
he University has over 30,000 students including approximately 1000 postgraduate (Ph.D.) and postdoctoral students. At the University of Nizhni Novgorod, academic education is based on research.
UNN is a regional knowledge integrator. State University of Nizhny Novgorod is a member of the European University Association (EUA).
The Faculty for International Students of State University of Nizhny Novgorod was opened in 2005.
More than 1,000 UNN students and staff were trained in the best European universities during the implementation of 21 Tempus projects.
State University of Nizhni Novgorod is carrying out 7 innovative scientific projects supported by the Government of the Russian Federation to establish world class research laboratories, develop promising scientific fields, involve students in scientific research and encourage them to develop projects from an idea to a business.
In 2014 UNN installed a powerful supercomputer named Lobachevsky at the Research Institute for Applied Mathematics and Cybernatics. The peak performance of Lobachevsky is 570 Tflops: this makes it the third most powerful supercomputer in Russia and one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world.
Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod includes Fundamental Library (its collections number 2,200,000 volumes), Innovation Technology Centre, University Press and printing house and 5 museums: Zoological Museum (included in the top 5 university zoological museums in Russia), Archaeological Museum, Ethnographic Museum, UNN History Museum with an Art Gallery, and Nizhni Novgorod Radio Laboratory Museum.
UNN created a network of universities to develop the cooperation between the European Union and the Volga Federal District of Russia in a wide range of fields. 100 universities of the Volga Federal District of Russia engage in collaboration in the field of Information and Communication Technologies. 11 universities have joined the development of common educational environment. 10 universities are involved in the cooperation with the EU to provide infrastructural support for innovation.
Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod has forged successful partnerships with 95 universities and educational centres worldwide since 1991, when the closed city was opened up. International cooperation has resulted in the unique programmes – Russian-French University and Russian-Italian University. The latter programme was twice included in Russia-Italy Joint Action Plan. Students graduate with diplomas from two educational institutions in two countries.
Prof. Roman G. Strongin is the President of UNN and Head of Software Department. Doctor of Sciences in Physics & Mathematics, Roman G. Strongin is an Honored Scientist of the Russian Federation and holder of awards from the President of Russian Federation and government of Nizhny Novgorod.
Prof. Roman G. Strongin is the head of the Rector Council of Higher Education Institutions of the Volga Federal District and that of Nizhny Novgorod region. He is Doctor of Sciences Honoris Causa at London Metropolitan University.
Prof. Evgeny V. Chuprunov, Doctor of Sciences in Physics & Mathematics, is the current Rector of Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod.
Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties
- Faculty of Biology
- Faculty of Chemistry
- Faculty of Philology
- Faculty of Economics
- Faculty of Finance
- Faculty of Social Sciences
- Faculty of Law
- Faculty of Management and Business
- Faculty for International Students
- Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics
- Faculty of Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics
- Faculty of Physical Education and Sports
- Faculty of Physics
- Faculty of Radiophysics
- Institute of International Relations and World History
- Advanced School of General and Applied Physics
- Institute of Military Education
- Institute of Doctoral Studies
Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod (UNN) was founded in 1916 as People’s University of Russia. On January 30 (January 17 in the old calendar) we celebrate our Foundation Day.
Our university was the first higher education institution in Nizhny Novgorod. After the merger with Polytechnic Institute evacuated from Warsaw, the University was given a status of ‘State University’. Thus UNN became the first university established in the Soviet state.
The first university of Nizhny Novgorod laid the foundations for the development of the system of higher education institutions in the city. In 1930, six institutes resulted from the transformation of some faculties of State University of Nizhni Novgorod. They were Institute of Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Institute, Teachers Training Institute (‘Pedagogical Institute’), Agricultural Institute, Construction Institute and Medical Institute. In 1932, UNN comprised faculties of Physics, Mechanics, Zoology, Botany, Chemistry and Mathematics.
By mid – 20th century, Lobachevsky State University was a research and educational hub, consisting of world-renowned scientific schools of the Theory of Oscillations, Crystallography, Radio physics, Metal-Organic Chemistry, Chemistry of High-Purity Substances, Theory of Functions, Theory of Dynamic Systems, and Population Genetics. The laboratories of UNN served as the initial basis for the foundation of Nizhny Novgorod Institutes of Russian Academy of Sciences.
By that time, there had been significant achievements in the humanities – UNN philologists were actively engaged in researching into language styles and styles of speech as well as folklore and the literary works of famous Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, which were created during his stay in Nizhny Novgorod region.
It is a UNN tradition to give priority to innovation and pioneer research. In 1945, it set up the Faculty of Radio physics, the first one in the USSR. In 1963, UNN was also the first in the country to establish the Faculty of Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics. Thus the university was used as a base for electronic and information technology industries.
UNN established large research institutes: Research Institute for Physics and Technology, Research Institute for Chemistry, Research Institute for Radiophysics, Research Institute for Mechanics, Research Institute for Applied Mathematics and Cybernetics, Research Institute for Molecular Biology and Regional Ecology, Research Institute of Living Systems, Research Botanical Garden, and Research Institute for Strategic Studies.
Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod set up the first Faculty of Management and Business (nowadays it is transformed into the Institute of Economics and Entrepreneurship) and first Department for Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship in Science and Technology in Russia. The latter trains managers of small science-based enterprises.
In 1998, UNN Physics of Solid-State Nanostructures Research and Education Centre was established following scientific developments in this field. The particularity of this centre is its unique equipment located in 4 laboratories. In 2007, Nanotechnologies Research and Education Centre was created. The two centres enable new research technologies and UNN inventions to be introduced into production, thus developing innovative economy in the region.
In 1999, UNN Typhloinformation centre – the first specialized computer centre in Russia for visually impaired people – was set up.
n 2004, UNN became the first university in Russia to introduce Wi-Fi technology for wireless access to the Internet on its campus.
In 2006, UNN, together with 16 other leading Russian universities, won the competition to participate in the priority national project “Education”.
In 2009, Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod (UNN) was awarded the prestigious status of ‘National Research University’ by the decision of the Russian Government.
In 2010, UNN and its partner, Volga Steel Construction Company, started the implementation of a high-tech project “Establishment of a mobile high-tech processing plant to recycle oil refineries waste (acid tars) and produce the new generation of binders for asphalt mixtures (bitumen)”. This project won the grant of the Russian Government (Government Regulation № 208 On the state support for the establishment of high-tech industries).
In 2010, Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod (UNN) was chosen and invited to participate in U.S.-Russia EURECA Program (Enhancing University Research and Entrepreneurial Capacity Program), which is aimed at creating infrastructure for the successful commercialization of research results through the cooperation between Russian National Research Universities and U.S. universities. UNN implements the joint project with the University of Maryland and Purdue University.
In 2010, Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod (UNN) started its project ‘The Path to Science’ to attract gifted youth.
In 2011, Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod (UNN) participated in Russian Federal Programme “The Development of the Pharmaceutical and Medical Industry of the Russian Federation for the period up to 2020 and beyond”. UNN is creating a Growth zone for medical equipment production and biomedical high technologies. The Growth zone is expected to enhance its competence and competitiveness and preserve its market share.
During 2011-2013, UNN supported the establishment of 20 small innovative enterprises under the Federal Law № 217 aimed at improvement of commercialization of intellectual products.
In 2012 Research Institute of Living Systems was opened.
In 2013 Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod (UNN), together with 14 Russian universities, was chosen by the Russian government to be a participant in 5/100 Project (5-100 Initiative) aimed at supporting the universities’ global competitiveness enhancement programmes.The aim of UNN according to this Project is to be one of the leading research and education centres in the world.
In late 2013 – early 2014, UNN Institute of International Relations and World History was established due to the merger of the Faculty of International Relations and the Faculty of History. The Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Finance and Faculty of Management and Business merged together to form the Institute of Economics and Entrepreneurship.
In 2013 Valery V. Fokin, alumnus of the Faculty of Chemistry of Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod, was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
In 2014, Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod (UNN) installed a supercomputer named Lobachevsky in its Research Institute for Applied Mathematics and Cybernetics. Lobachevsky, with peak performance of 570 Tflops, is the third most powerful supercomputer in Russia and one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world.
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