Volgograd State Pedagogical University
|Volgograd State Pedagogical University|
Coat of arms of the Volgograd State Pedagogical University
The Volgograd State Pedagogical University (Russian: Волгоградский государственный педагогический университет, Volgográdskiy gosudárstvennyi pedagogícheskiy universitét ímeni A. S. Serafimóvicha, abbreviation: VSPU), is one of the major pedagogical institutions in the Russian Federation. The university is located in Volgograd, formerly known as Stalingrad (Russia).
History of the University 
Established by decree of the Council of the People's Commissars of the USSR in 1931, it was previously known as the Stalingrad Industrial Pedagogical Institute. It was completely ruined during the Stalingrad battle of the World War II and its library burnt out. In 1949, the school was renamed in honor of a Russian Proletarian writer, Alexander Serafimovich. Under political reforms of Nikita Khrushchev, the city was renamed from Stalingrad to Volgograd in 1961, and the name of the institution was changed to the Volgograd State Pedagogical Institute. In 1992 it was granted a university status.
For the past ten years, the university stands amongst 10 best leading pedagogical and linguistic universities in Russia and 100 best universities worldwide.
Structure of the University 
Today, the urban structure of the university includes Institute of Primary and Special Education, Foreign Languages Institute, Institute of Art Education, and Institute of Computerized Pedagogics. There are four buildings on campus with over 13,000 students: 13,000 full-time and part-time students and about 200 post-graduates and foreign students who study at their own expense. Also, there is a branch of VSPU located in Mikhaylovka, Volgograd Oblast.
VSPU has 43 research centers and laboratories, 16 faculties, offers four-year bachelor (Russian: бакалавр) degrees, 33 two-year master (Russian: магистр) degrees and kandidat nauk (Candidate of science, equals PhD) postgraduate degrees, and 6 doktor nauk (Doctor of science, equals Full Professor) post doctoral degrees.
Faculties and Departments 
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- Natural sciences and geography
- History and Law
- Economics and Management
- Philology (Russian and Literature)
- Foreign Languages
- Psychology and Social Work
- Physical Training
- Technology and Service
- Primary School Education
- Special Education
- Visual Arts
- Musical Education
- Faculty for Foreign Students
- In-Service Training
- Vocational Training
Scientific Research and Academic Relations 
VSPU is a federal experimental base of the Russian Academy of Education, it is developing the ideas of continuous pedagogical education and interaction of pedagogics and school teaching techniques.
The university maintains international academic relations with higher education institutions o United States, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, France, People's Republic of China, Serbia, Czechoslovakia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan.
Library and Publishing Services 
As of 2010, the VSPU library collection contains about 852,000 copies. Its fund of research literature on Psychology and Pedagogics is considered the most valuable and representated by the monographs by Yury Babansky, Pavel Blonsky, Vasily Vodovozov (ru:Водовозов, Василий Иванович), Vasily Vakhterov (ru:Вахтеров, Василий Порфирьевич), Anatoly Zak, Leonid Zankov (ru:Занков, Леонид Владимирович), John Amos Comenius, Peter Lesgaft, Anton Makarenko, Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, Nikolay Pirogov, Vasyl Sukhomlynsky, Konstantin Ushinsky, Lev Vygotsky, Daniil Elconin (ru:Эльконин, Даниил Борисович, de:Daniil Borissowitsch Elkonin), David Feldstein, M.Kle.
Scientific research results have been published 10 times a year in the VSPU journal called Izvestia Volgogradskogo Pedagogicheskogo Universiteta (Russian: Известия Волгоградского государственного педагогического университета), ISSN: 1815-9044.
See also 
- "VSPU: Information for foreign students" (in Russian). www.vspu.ru, Volgograd State Pedagogical University.
- Vitaly Korovin. "An article about the VSPU with no title" (in Russian). Volgograd.ru. Retrieved 15 March 2010.
- "Volgograd State Pedagogical University, Volgograd, Russia" (in Russian). Math-Net.Ru. Retrieved 15 March 2010.
- "Pedagogical Institutions of Russia: Volgograd State Pedagogical University" (in Russian). www.uvspu.ru. Retrieved 03.12.2010.