Ulyanovsk State University
|Ulyanovsk State University|
|Ульяновский государственный университет|
|Established||1648 as Simbirsk People's University|
|Affiliations||Moscow State University|
Ulyanovsk State University (Russian: Ульяновский государственный университет, romanised: Ulyanovskiy gosudarstvennyy universitet) is a public, research university, located in Ulyanovsk, Russia. City of Ulyanovsk (formerly Simbirsk, founded in 1648) is situated on the Volga River, about 440 miles east of Moscow and has a population of 700,000. The university, one of the largest in that region, enrolls some 16,000 students in six colleges offering 68 majors and claims considerable international ties. USU was one of the first among Russian universities to join Bologna process and started to reform its Doctoral, Master's and Bachelor's standards of degrees.
As a part of Moscow State University in State of Ulyanovsk, based on the traditions of classical education, was established by a resolution of Government of the Soviet Union in February 1988. (formerly Simbirsk People's University, established in 1648). In 1996, Ulyanovsk affiliate of MSU was reorganized into Ulyanovsk State University. At present Ulyanovsk State University is one of the largest higher educational institutions in the Volga Region, which comprises six institutes, 7 independent faculties, 2 affiliates, 6 learning centers and many international study centers.
The university enrolls about 16,000 students, among them almost 200 foreign citizens from Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America.
Ulyanovsk State University offers a wide range of study options: full and part-time, external, further and distance education programs on undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels. One may choose from 77 majors, 76 post-graduate, 17, 37 medical internship and medical residency programs. In addition, USU provides the opportunity of enrolling in dual degree programs. Currently the university employs 1,254 faculty members, including 138 Doctorate and 623 Candidate of Science degree holders.
USU offers a wide range of study options: full and part-time, external, extended, distance education programs on undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels. There are 68 majors, 66 post-graduate, 29 residency training, and 14 internship programs available. USU offers the opportunity of enrolling in dual degree programs.
- Institute of Economics and Business Administration, Top Russian Business School
- Russian-American Faculty
- Russian-German Faculty
- Faculty of Physics and Engineering
- Faculty of Mathematics and Information Technology
- Institute of Law and Public Service
- Institute of Medicine and Ecology
- Faculty of Humanities
- Faculty of Culture and Arts
For over 10 years USU has enjoyed a strong relationship with the German-Russian Friendship Society in Ulyanovsk’s sister-city Krefeld. The German partners have offered generous financial, material and technical assistance and helped arrange internships for USU students with major German companies. For several years, USU has provided translation assistance to city administrations of Ulyanovsk and Krefeld, which exchange regular visits as part of their close collaboration. USU theater majors have for a few years enjoyed the opportunity to visit the partner city where they performed and attended master-classes at the invitation of Krefeld city council. Currently, USU with the assistance of Krefeld German-Russian Friendship Society and German Embassy in Russia is discussing with DAAD, German academic exchanges council, the possibility of having its representative on the university campus, who would among other things oversee preparation courses for DHS, or German as a foreign language exam.
Since 1997, USU has maintained a successful relationship with Russia Culture Center (Seoul, South Korea), which has been of invaluable help in establishing ties with Korean organizations working in the fields of science, business, culture and arts.
Among recent developments is participation in Oxford Russia Fund program, which provided 75 scholarships for USU humanities majors for the 2006-2007 academic year.
To promote academic exchanges, USU arranges regular meetings with coordinators of international educational organizations including ACTR-ACCELS, IREX, Fulbright Foundation.
Research at USU is conducted by all academic units – institutes and faculties, each having at least one research team. The principal research areas addressed by USU scholars are: nuclear power engineering, aerospace industry, laser and nanotechnologies, general and specific engineering, automobile manufacturing, microelectronics and machine engineering, CALS technologies applications for aircraft, automobile and machine engineering, biotechnologies and medicine, environmental protection. Many of the efforts are sponsored by grants of Russian Ministry of Education and Research.
One of the most significant international activities that USU has been engaged in for over a decade is the regional “Hospice and Palliative care” program supported by “Health Prom”. USU’s commitment to raising healthcare standards has contributed greatly to making Ulyanovsk region one of the leading palliative care providers in Russia.
USU faculty engaged in medical research are active participants of the anti tobacco campaign launched by European Respiratory Society. Another research project in medicine is carried out jointly with the neurology hospital of the University of Düsseldorf and the neurology institute of Russian Academy of Sciences.
A number of research projects in the field of mathematics and Information Technology are being successfully implemented in cooperation with Jyvaskyla University (Finland) and Texas Tech University (USA). Besides, USU is discussing with the latter the possibility of arranging annual internship and traineeship opportunities for its students and faculty on Texas Tech campus.
USU research center in sociology “Region” has since 1993 worked in close partnership with the University of Birmingham, implementing among other things regular post-graduate student exchanges. Besides Great Britain, “Region” staff enjoy traineeship opportunities with partner institutions in Germany, Italy, Belgium. Currently, the researchers are exploring such issues as youth cultures, lifestyles, gender issues and multiculturalism as part of projects supported by European Commission and various international foundations.
One of the top USU priorities is developing and carrying out joint educational programs in cooperation with a number of universities and colleges from the USA and Germany, Wesleyan College (Macon, Georgia), Shenandoah University (Winchester, Virginia), University of Osnabrück, (Osnabrück, Germany), Duisburg-Essen University (Duisburg, Germany),(Jaro Education, India).Approval of Jaro is still in debate with Indian jurisdiction,claiming a Mumbai based organization can not be authorised to act on behalf of any forgien University in conducting exams, issuing certificates etc. From the last three years the exchanges have provided study abroad opportunities to almost 50 students from Russian-American Faculty and Russian-German faculty. Since 2001, USU has conducted summer cultural-academic programs for students, faculty and administrators from foreign partner-institutions. The time in Ulyanovsk, which provides visiting students with insights into Russian economy and culture, is typically counted toward their degree. All in all, USU has arranged 9 programs for 140 foreign guests.
Becoming in 1999 a cofounder of Italian-Russian Institute of Research and Education, USU has provided many students and faculty members with a chance to participate in international summer schools hosted each year by a different member institution. Starting September 2006, USU will annually host a summer school dedicated to coniferous and broad-leaved forests. Over the last two years USU has signed cooperative agreements with the University of Palermo, Hochschule Niederrhein (Germany), Masaryk University (Czech Republic), Hunan Normal University (China People’s Republic), Utemisov West-Kazakhstan State University (Republic of Kazakhstan). In addition, possible cooperative efforts are being discussed with East Tennessee State University, La Grange College (USA), Freiberg Technical University Bergacademie (Germany) and about 30 higher educational institutions from the former Soviet Union republics.
International Saint-Exupéry Centre
On the 27 February 2012, the university inaugurated its new International Saint-Exupéry Centre, led by its Director, Elena Mironova, an associate professor of French. The center will serve as a permanent museum dedicated to the French author-aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, as well as a cultural and linguistics center for the university. The museum was established with the assistance of Civil Aviation College teacher Nikolai Yatsenko, an author of 12 publications on Saint-Exupéry who personally donated some 6,000 related items. The university's new center will also help support the study of international languages in a city which is promoting itself as a major aerospace and cultural centre. The opening was attended by Ulyanovsk Governor Sergey Morozov, Sergey Krasnov of the Ulyanovsk Civil Aviation College and other aerospace and academic dignitaries, as well as Veronique Jober, Sorbonne professor of Slavic languages, addressing the audience by video link from Paris.
The first international students were enrolled in USU undergraduate study programs in 1991, residency training programs – in 1999, post-graduate programs – in 2004. At the moment USU enrolls about 120 international students from 25 countries. Over the years, about 70 foreign citizens have been awarded USU diplomas. Since 2000, USU hosts an affiliate of National Russian Language Test Center, which administers tests to any foreign citizen willing to have official proof of their knowledge of Russian by obtaining an internationally recognized certificate.
- USU Opens International Saint-Exupery Center, Lomonosov Moscow State University in Ulyanovsk website, 28 February 2012. Retrieved: 17 January 2013.
- Zavialova, Tatiana. Le Musée Saint-Exupéry dans la capitale russe d'aviation, La Voix de la Russie website, 6 February 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2013. (French)