Tomsk State University

Tomsk State University

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The highest priority of the Tomsk State University is to educate broad-minded, cultured individuals capable of independent scientific and philosophical accomplishments. University staff are actively developing modern approaches and techniques in all areas of activity, faithful to the traditions of their predecessors and enhancing the University’s status in the contemporary Russian and international scientific and educational environment.

Tomsk State University has received many awards for its achievements in the establishment and development of the nation’s science, education, and culture.  In 1998, by Presidential decree, TSU was included in the State Code of Particularly Valuable Objects of Cultural Heritage of the Peoples of the Russian Federation. In 2010 TSU was awarded the status of a National Research university.

Tomsk State University, as a university of the research type, sees its mission as preserving and enhancing spiritual values of humanity in the production and dissemination of progressive knowledge and information, and in the advanced training of the intellectual leaders of society based on integration of the educational process with fundamental scientific research and innovative approaches.

The priority objectives of the University are:

  • to serve the interests of Russia, to promote the development of its intellectual potential through the production of new knowledge and advanced training of the scientific and pedagogical, managerial, and cultural leaders of the society
  • to improve the educational process by active use of innovative approaches and information technology in the service of combining the harmonious development of an individual with advanced training of specialists who are leadership-oriented in their fields
  • to adequately represent the universities of Russia in the international scientific and educational arena, to integrate the University’s academic, intellectual, and informational potential with that of the leading Russian and international centers of higher education, science, and high technology
  • to successfully develop scientific and pedagogical schools that are historically established and recognized by the international community in the humanities and in the physical, mathematical and natural sciences, through integration with the academic sector of science
  • to provide science, education, and society with information services through the creation and functioning of a unified information science and learning environment
  • to establish a coordinating role in the system of higher education for implementation of major projects in the field of education at various levels, in science, and in innovation
  • to participate in the development of the economy on the basis of innovation, including the provision of staff support for high technology

Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties

  • Institute of Arts and Culture
  • Faculty of History
  • Faculty of Philology
  • Faculty of Journalism
  • Faculty of Philosophy
  • Faculty of Psychology
  • Faculty of Foreign Languages
  • Biological Institute
  • Faculty of Geology and Geography
  • Faculty of Chemistry
  • Faculty of Physics
  • Faculty of Radiophysics
  • Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics
  • Faculty of Physics and Engineering
  • Faculty of Applied Mathematics and Cybernetics
  • Faculty of Informatics
  • Faculty of Innovative Technologies
  • Faculty of Economics
  • Institute of Law
  • Faculty of Physical Education
  • Higher School of Business
  • International Management Faculty


On May 28, 1878, Emperor Alexander II signed a decree on the establishment of the first and only higher education institution in the vast expanses from the Russian Urals to the Pacific Ocean – the Siberian Imperial University in Tomsk.

The idea of opening the first university in Siberia occurred to the best minds of Russia back in 1803, but only at the end of the 19th century did it begin to take shape.

Seven major cities in Siberia reasonably requested the honor of founding  a university. Tomsk won.

On 28 (16) May, 1878, Emperor Alexander II approved the decision of the State Council of  the Russian Empire on the establishment of the Imperial University in Tomsk, Siberia. This day ended the 75-year-old epic struggle for the foundation of a university in Tomsk and began the history of the building, opening and further development of Tomsk State University – the ninth in Russia and the first higher education institution in Siberia.

The first classes for the first 72 students began on September 1, 1888. Classes were given by eight professors, aided by seven assistants and laboratory technicians. Professor Nikolai Gezekhus was appointed the first rector of the University.

It is important to note that the main library, meeting rooms, museums, botanical garden with a greenhouse and herbarium had been formed at the time of construction of the university.

The university has been following these principles during all the stages of its development. Preparation of a research, educational and administrative elite based on the integration of the educational process and fundamental research has always been the strategic focus of Tomsk State University.

  • more than a hundred and twenty thousand graduates have established their reputation and the credibility of their Alma Mater.
  • about 100 members of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences and the Academy of Sciences of the CIS countries graduated from the university,
  • more than 250 State Prize recipients
  • two Nobel Prize laureates – N.N. Semenov and I.P. Pavlov have worked at the university.

Today, the alumni and staff of Tomsk State University lead many universities, academic institutions, research and industrial organizations in Russia, and occupy important government posts.
The Imperial, now Tomsk State University, has had a decisive influence on the formation of science, education and culture in the Asian part of Russia and is considered one of the nation’s leading universities.
Over the years, the university has produced more than 120,000 professionals, and it is hard to find a university or institution in Siberia, which has not worked with the graduates of Tomsk State University: they lead institutes and departments, laboratories and innovative companies. They become successful and extraordinary business leaders and employers offering work to future graduates of Tomsk State University.
The University actively cooperates with companies in various industries, developing training and re-training focused on the specific customer. Nowadays more than 750 companies and organizations are partners of the university, including major companies such asGazprom Space Systems, the Siberian Chemical Factory, Gazprombank, Sberbank and others. Work-oriented education, combined with thorough preparation enables the graduates of TSU to be easily integrated into the production process, quickly adapt and offer their own engineering solutions.

  • By presidential decree, Tomsk State University is included in the State list of the most valuable objects of cultural heritage of the peoples of the Russian Federation.
  • 3rd place among Russian universities in the world ranking Webometrics after Moscow State University and St. Petersburg State University.
  • 6th place in the world ranking of Russian participants by Times Higher Education TOP-500.
  • 7th place in the national ranking of Interfax and Echo of Moscow.
  • In 2006, Tomsk State University became a member of the European University Association (EUA).

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