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Southern Federal University

Coordinates: 47°13′29″N 39°43′43″E / 47.2247°N 39.7286°E / 47.2247; 39.7286
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Southern Federal University
Южный федеральный университет
RectorInna Shevchenko
Academic staff
47°13′29″N 39°43′43″E / 47.2247°N 39.7286°E / 47.2247; 39.7286
Building details
University rankings
Global – Overall
USNWR Global[2]1,647 (2023)
Regional – Overall
QS Emerging Europe and Central Asia[3]90 (2022)

Southern Federal University (Russian: Южный федеральный университет), abbreviated as SFedU (Russian: ЮФУ) and formerly known as Rostov State University (1957–2006), is a public university in Rostov Oblast, Russia with campuses in Rostov-on-Don and Taganrog. In 2023 US News & World Report ranked it # 1,647 in the world.[2]



Southern Federal University is the largest research and educational establishment of Rostov Oblast. The university began to operate in Rostov-on-Don in 1915 as an affiliate part of Imperial University of Warsaw whose Russian staff had been evacuated from Poland with the onset of World War I. Later, with the collapse of Russian Empire, the university was named Donskoy University after the region of Don by the decree of Russian Provisional Government on May 5, 1917. When founded in 1915, Donskoy University was the first higher education institution in Rostov-on-Don and had four academic departments: history & philosophy, medicine, physics & mathematics, and law. In 1917–1920, during Russian Civil War, Rostov-on-Don was under the control of the anti-Soviet coalition forces of Russian White movement including Kaledin's Don Army. Many of the staff who found refuge at Donskoy University at that time had a strong anti-Soviet stance and students were being drafted to White Army.[4] During the turmoil years of the Civil War the official name of the university was Bogaevsky Donskoy University named after Mitrofan Bogaevsky, assistant to Ataman Alexey Kaledin. Following the takeover of Rostov-on-Don by Red Army in January 1920, the authority over Donskoy University passed to the Soviet government. That same year the Soviets purged the university off any seemed disloyal and pro-White movement staff members.[4]

Marina Alexandrovna Borovskaya, president of the university, was suspended by the European University Association (EUA) following support for the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Union of Rectors (RUR) in March 2022, for being "diametrically opposed to the European values that they committed to when joining EUA”.[5]



University centers and degree-granting institutions

Building housing the Faculty of Philosophy & Cultural Studies at Rostov-on-Don campus
  • Main campus of SFedU (former Rostov State University)
  • Institute of Economics and International Relations
Hall "A" at Taganrog campus
  • Pedagogical Institute (former Rostov State Pedagogical University)
  • Taganrog Institute of Technology (abbreviated as TIT, former Taganrog State University of Radioengineering)
  • Institute of Architecture & Arts (former Rostov State Academy of Architecture & Arts)
  • The Smart Materials Research Center


University rankings
Global – Overall
QS World[2]1,647
THE World[6]801-1000

In 2023 US News & World Report ranked it # 1,647 in the world.[2] In 2017, Times Higher Education ranked the university within the 801-1000 band globally.[6]

Degree mill


The volunteer community network Dissernet has discovered multiple cases of PhD level degrees being awarded by the university for heavily plagiarized theses.[7]

Alumni and faculty






See also



  1. ^ "Facts and Figures on Southern Federal University". Official website of SFedU. Archived from the original on August 1, 2012. Retrieved October 15, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d [1]
  3. ^ "QS World University Rankings-Emerging Europe & Central Asia". Retrieved 15 January 2023.
  4. ^ a b Belozerov, Semen E.; Zhdanov, Yuriy A. "History of Rostov State University: Rostov-on-Don 1915–-1930" (in Russian). SFedU official website. Retrieved October 15, 2011.
  5. ^ O’Malley, Brendan (7 March 2022). "EUA suspends 12 Russian members who back Putin's invasion". University World News. Retrieved 18 April 2022.
  6. ^ a b "World University Rankings". Times Higher Education (THE). August 18, 2017.
  7. ^ "Южный Федеральный Университет".