Novosibirsk State University

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Novosibirsk State University
Новосибирский государственный университет (НГУ)
NSU official logo
MottoThe Real Science
AffiliationSpecialized Educational Scientific Centre
EndowmentRUB 21 million
RectorMikhail Fedoruk
Academic staff
Students8172[1] (01/01/2021)
54°50′46″N 83°05′38″E / 54.846°N 83.094°E / 54.846; 83.094Coordinates: 54°50′46″N 83°05′38″E / 54.846°N 83.094°E / 54.846; 83.094

Novosibirsk State University (NSU) is a public research university located in Novosibirsk, Russia. The university was founded in 1958, on the principles of integration of education and science, early involvement of students with research activities and the engagement of leading scientists in its teaching programmes.

Facts about NSU[edit]

  • Second Best University in the QS University Rankings: Emerging Europe and Central Asia, 2016
  • 2500 current staff members
  • 73 Academicians of the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • 250 position in the main QS Ranking (NSU is among the top 2% of the best universities in the world)
  • 7000 enrolled students
  • More than 1400 international students from 52 countries
  • 138 scientific laboratories and research centers using advanced equipment and techniques
  • 36% publications with international co-authors
  • NSU research groups are currently involved in 38 international collaborations
  • 28 scientific internships available for international students
  • 22 international joint programs
  • 119 partner universities from 24 countries
  • 80% of the Novosibirsk State University instructional faculty is affiliated with the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences


From the perspective of natural resources, vast Siberia has always been, and remains, the essential region for all of Russia. In the late 1950s, Siberia provided the country with 75% of its coal and possessed 80% of the nation's hydroelectric resources. Siberia quickly became industrialized, but science then was largely of the applied variety and did not satisfy its needs. The USSR Academy of Sciences came to understand that there was a need to develop fundamental science. In 1958, this concept was implemented with the establishment of the Siberian Branch of the Academy of Sciences of the Soviet Union at Akademgorodok, near the large industrial city of Novosibirsk. From the very beginning, the founders of the Siberian Branch of the Soviet (now Russian) Academy of Sciences were concerned about providing the future scientific center with highly-trained personnel. In order to create a consistent source of personnel replenishment for Siberian scientific institutions, it was necessary to provide advanced training on the spot, thus the idea was born to establish a university in Novosibirsk. Now the third-most populous city in Russia, Novosibirsk is ranked 93 on the QS Best Student Cities rating.

Following its establishment in 1958,[2] Novosibirsk State University quickly grew. During its first nine years, 900 professionals were trained on its campus which comprised eight departments, had an instructional faculty of 270, and conducted research in a total of 46 sections.

Russia's premier scientists lectured at the University and many new applied science programs were established throughout the Soviet Union.

Novosibirsk State University was from its inception a unique institution, existing in close collaborative association with research and development institutions of which there are several dozen within an area of only 1.5 square km. The project of an "akademgorodok," an academic town with a University as its core, was even exhibited at the 1967 World Expo in Montreal, after which Novosibirsk's Akademgorodok became model for other academic towns throughout the Soviet Union.


Position Rank among Russian Universities
QS World University Rankings 231 2
The World University Rankings 52 6
QS University Rankings: Emerging Europe and Central Asia, 2018 2 2
QS University Rankings: BRICS 11 2
The Golden Age Universities Top 100 2
QS University Rankings: by Subject. Physics & Astronomy Top 100 4
QS World University Rankings: Natural Sciences 63 2
QS World University Rankings: Engineering & Technology 200 2


Novosibirsk State University is Russia's largest scientific and educational centre. Situated in the research center of Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences - Akademgorodok - with its 35 research institutes and innovative technopark, NSU's students have the opportunity to perform research in more than 100 research laboratories. The University aims to train high-profile specialists to assume leadership roles in science, education and science-intensive industries.

Novosibirsk State University's principal areas of teaching and research include, but are not limited to elementary particle physics, photonics and quantum optics, Arctic research, biomedicine and cancer therapy, chemical engineering, low-dimensional hybrid materials, omic technologies, mathematics, archaeology and ethnography, and linguistics among other disciplines.

Interdisciplinary Centre for Elementary Particle Physics and Astrophysics[edit]

The Novosibirsk State University Interdisciplinary Centre for Elementary Particle Physics and Astrophysics (ICEPPA) links 13 laboratories working in the fields of elementary particle physics and astrophysics.

The Interdisciplinary Centre’s Laboratories participate in large international collaborative scientific projects including experiments in the fields of high energy physics, astrophysics and cosmic ray physics. The Centre is currently engaged in the following research projects:

  • Astrophysics Cosmology and Cosmic Rays
  • Experiments on electron-positron colliders
  • Experiments on hadron colliders
  • Search for new physical phenomena in experiments with intense muon beams. The Laboratory for Exploration for Interactions Outside the Standard Model Framework participates in the preparation of two experiments at Fermilab (USA). One experiment, Mu2e, is the search for the conversion of a muon into an electron when interacting with nuclei, while the other experiment, g-2, is devoted to a precise measurement of the magnetic moment of the muon.
  • Development of new detectors and colliders.

The Aston-Novosibirsk State University International Centre for Photonics[edit]

The main objective of the Centre is to develop a physical platform aimed at the application of advanced knowledge in laser technologies, in long-distance communication and in medical sensing devices technologies.

The Centre's principal areas of research include:

  • advanced concepts and fundamental new theories in nonlinear photonic devices and systems
  • new technologies for optical communications, lasers, safe data transmission and medicine
  • practical applications of developed technologies in high-speed coherent optical communications, in advanced laser systems for scientific, industrial and medical applications, and in innovative systems for safe data transmission.

The Center for Photonics was created in partnership with Aston University (UK) and offers NSU students access to world-class laboratories in the field of high-speed optical communications, fiber-optic and femtosecond laser technologies.

International collaborations[edit]

Research groups are involved in 38 international collaborations;[3]

NSU has six international collaborations in the field of physics, elementary particles and astrophysics and 12 ongoing collaborations with the Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

NSU has partnership agreements with 141 universities[4] representing 27 countries.

Novosibirsk State University[edit]

Principal Internal Divisions[edit]

  • Department of Mechanics and Mathematics
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Natural Sciences
  • Department of Geology and Geophysics
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Information Technologies
  • Institute for the Humanities
  • Institute for the Medicine and Psychology
  • Institute for the Philosophy and Law


Novosibirsk State University provides modern, internationally competitive, classical fundamental education. The university offers ВА, МА, and PhD degrees.

NSU offers training in the Russian language in 23 Bachelor's programs, 17 master's programs, 13 postgraduate courses, one specialty program and nine lines of residency in the medical faculty. To facilitate learning the Russian language, NSU offers six levels of Russian as a Foreign Language. There are 12 МА programs, one specialty program in medicine and one PhD program offered in the English language. NSU also offers a variety of short-term training programs: Siberian Summer School, Russian Language Summer Sсhool, Research Internships, Russian Language Courses.

Education for International Students[edit]

Grants and Scholarships[edit]

Every year, international students have an opportunity to apply for the Russian Government Scholarship which covers full tuition and provides a monthly living allowance. Travel costs, living expenses and a health insurance policy are not included. These Scholarships are granted on a competitive basis; the selection criteria and procedures as well as the number of scholarships available depend on the home country of applicant. The application procedure begins in January each year and the deadline (March–June) varies according to the home country of the applicant.

Additionally, students from NSU's partner universities have the opportunity to freely apply to such programs as Erasmus+, DAAD, and the Fulbright Program, among others.

Distributed Education[edit]

In September 2015, NSU entered the global market of online-education by announcing its first courses delivered on the Coursera platform. By offering courses to a wider audience online, NSU provides access to high-quality education for high school students, university students, specialists, and everyone interested in recent scientific discoveries and interpretations.

Since January 2016, 12 courses have been offered on the largest international platform, Coursera, and on the Russian distributed learning platform, Lectorium.

Research Internships[edit]

NSU's research internships provide a unique opportunity to conduct research projects in the heart of the Siberian Akademgorodok science center under the supervision of NSU professors, scientists and researchers. The main feature such research internships are their interdisciplinary approach. Specialists in biology, physics, mathematics, geology, archaeology, and chemistry work closely with one another in the 35 research institutes of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, where R&D institutions specialized in multiple scientific fields are clustered together in a relatively small territory.

Siberian Summer School[edit]

Beginning in 2017, the Siberian Summer School held at NSU each July includes exclusive courses on the Chemistry of Future Materials, Big Data Analytics and the philosophical and historical aspects of East-West relationships. All Summer School courses are taught in English.

Russian Language Courses[edit]

NSU offers specialized courses for students matriculating with various levels of Russian language competence, including preparation courses for the Test of Russian as a Foreign Language (TORFL).

Inclusive Education[edit]

NSU is one of the best universities in Russia which, for over 15 years, has established a disabled students’ program. The University has now gained great experience in this field and masters the full range of modern technologies which enable all students to have equal opportunities in their academic and extracurricular pursuits. Regardless of health status, all NSU students receive a high-quality education and evolve under conditions favorable to realization of their full potential.

The Specialized Educational Scientific Centre of NSU[edit]

The M. A. Lavrentiev Physics and Mathematics School at NSU is one of four specialized educational scientific centers, aka boarding schools, in Russia. Every August gifted senior high-school students after 8th,9th or 10rg grade come to the school to spend the next 3 weeks at the math & science summer boot camp followed by a series of complicated exams. Once enrolled, students dive into a unique academic environment filled with various research opportunities, experiments, new achievements and educational adventures.

NSU's Specialized Educational Scientific Centre (SESC) focuses on two fields, including math & physics and chemistry & biology. An education system closely resembles the college education, with separate general lectures and small-group seminars.

New dormitories for international students are located a three-minute walk from the university. Comfortable double rooms with forest views are available, as well as some home-stay opportunities. The campus is located 800 meters from the Ob' Sea reservoir and its beaches

Campus services and facilities[edit]

  • Accommodations. New dormitories for international students are located a three-minute walk from the university. Comfortable double rooms with forest views are available, as well as some home-stay opportunities. The campus is located 800 meters from the Ob' Sea reservoir and its beaches.
  • Average cost of living. Students need not pay for their books and other educational materials.
  • Support for new students. The University offers an adaptation program for international students (pre-arrival support, welcome talk, welcome party, international student advisors, excursions to Novosibirsk city, clubs, courses on Russian culture).
  • Library. Free educational, scientific and fictional literature; free access to the world's largest publishers and 24 global and Russian databases.
  • Sport. The NSU sports center offers 40 sport activities to students, university staff and all interested in sports, including two swimming pools, tennis courts, two stadiums, a small football field, and seven specialized halls: two game halls, an aerobics hall, a gymnastics hall, a wrestling hall, a boxing hall and a gymnasium.
  • Societies & Clubs. The University caters to a large variety of tastes in dance, music, drawing, singing and theater, with different groups of students participating in various performances. Students do not need any special preparation to join most such clubs. All classes take place on the NSU campus.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Новосибирский государственный университет - Образование".
  2. ^ "History of NSU by Month (in Russian)".
  3. ^ 38 international collaborations
  4. ^ 141 universities

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