St. Petersburg University


St. Petersburg University (SPbU) was the first University founded in Russia by decree of Emperor Peter the Great in 1724. Since its foundation the core principle of University education has been a strong combination of teaching and research.

Today the SPbU Science park has 26 perfectly equipped resource centers, which carry out research work in the fields of mathematics, biology, physiology, chemistry, geography, geology, management, physics, sociology and other sciences.

Scientists and young researchers from all over the world are welcome at SPbU to conduct a wide variety of research and scientific activities like joint practical collaboration in resource centers and laboratories, field practice and trainings, preparing surveys, scientific supervising and consulting and more.

University Today

Today, SPbU is a major center of the Russian science, education and culture enjoying a high international standing. Many higher education institutions of Europe, America, and Asia maintain contacts with SPbU, including the University of Cambridge (Great Britain), the University of Bologna (Italy), the Free University of Berlin, the University of Hamburg (Germany), Carleton University (Canada), the University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands), the University of Stockholm (Sweden), the Municipal University of Osaka (Japan).

The scientific discoveries and achievements of the University professors and alumni, seven of which are Nobel Prize winners: I.P. Pavlov (1904), I.I. Mechnikov (1908) in Physiology and Medicine; N.N. Semenov (1956) in Chemistry; L.D. Landau (1962) and A.M. Prokhorov (1964) in Physics; V.V. Leontyev (1973) and L.V. Kantorovich (1975) in Economics, went down in history of the global and Russian science and technology.

Saint Petersburg University Arctic Research Center

Saint Petersburg University Arctic Research Center (SPbU ARC) was launched in December 2018 to coordinate the Arctic activities at the University. The Head of the Center is Sergey Aplonov, Professor, Doctor of Geology.

Facts and figures

Year Established 1724
Total Number of Staff 12000
Number of Academic Staff 6000
Number of Students 30000
Focus Areas

Nanotechnology and materials science

Biomedicine and human health

Information technology

Ecology and environmental management

Human resource management

Social technologies

Fields of Study Offered Basic/broad, general programmes

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