Tomsk State University

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Tomsk State University
Томский государственный университет
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Former names
The Siberian Imperial University (1878 - 1967)
Motto Mens Mundo Aperiens
Established 1878
Rector Dr. Eduard V. Galazhinsky
Academic staff
Students 8,565
Undergraduates 5,568
Postgraduates 2,997
Location Tomsk, Russia
Coordinates: 56°28′10″N 84°56′51″E / 56.4694°N 84.9475°E / 56.4694; 84.9475

Tomsk State University, TSU (Russian: Томский государственный университет; full official name: Tomsk State University) is a public research university located in Siberia, Russia. 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, Russia.

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

At present, there are 21 Faculties and Institutes with 151 Departments and about 15,000 students (among them are about 2,000 international students).

Main building
The Research Library


Faculty of Founded in
Mechanics and Mathematics 1948
Physics 1948
Radiophysics 1953
Physics and Engineering 1963
Applied Mathematics and Cybernetics 1970
Biological Institute 1932
Geology and Geography 1933
Chemistry 1932
History 1917
Philology 1917
Philosophy 1987
Journalism 2004
Foreign Languages 1995
Psychology 1997
Physical Education 2005
Innovative Technologies 2009
Computer Studies 1986
Institute of Law 1897
Institute of Economics and Management 2016
Institute of Arts and Culture 1994
Military Education 1926

The Research Library[edit]

The TSU Research Library was founded in 1880 and originally consisted of numerous private collections donated to the University. It was opened to the public in 1888. It is now the largest university research library in Western Siberia and one of the largest nationally recognized libraries in Russia.

Its collection contains almost 4 million cataloged items, including more than 2 million copies of books utilized by some half million people who borrow 1,350,000 volumes.

The Department of Book Monuments houses the most valuable collection in the library, which contains 100,000 catalogued items. There one finds old handwritten manuscripts; rare Slavic, Western European, and Eastern publications of the 14th to 20th centuries, and 16 book collections which belonged to V.A. Zhoukovsky, A.V. Nikitenko, A.G. Stroganov, and G.N. Potanin’s private library archive.

The TSU Research Library is the first university library in Siberia to use new information technologies for data storage and processing to serve its readers. The information system of the Research Library is based on one of the most reliable library systems, VTLS. The Library was awarded a TEMPUS TACIS Programme Grant to develop its information system. VTLS ensures the automation of all in-house activities and management, such as compiling an electronic catalog of recently acquired literature and creating bibliographic indices. The Research Library is a regional consulting centre on modern library technology use.

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