National Research Tomsk State University

The largest classical university in the Asian part of Russia, the acknowledged center of science, education and innovations

Tomsk State University founded on the 28th of May in 1878 by decree of Emperor Alexander II as Imperial Tomsk University became the first and for a long time remained the only institution of higher education on the vast territory from the Ural Mountains to the Pacific.

About 100 members of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences and the Academy of Sciences of the CIS, over 250 State Prize Winners, and 2 Nobel Prize Winners studied and worked at TSU. The TSU graduates (over 150,000) and the University itself had a determining influence on the progress of educational, scientific and cultural life of the region and Russia in general.

Today, TSU is a flagship classic university in the East of Russia. There are  23 departments and learning institutes,  1 University branch, Institute of Distance Learning, Institute of Innovations in Education operating at TSU, and more than 17,000 students (8,000 of them – full-time students) studying at the University, with 135 subject areas and specialties to choose from.  TSU offers 136 Master’s programmes in 55 areas of academic studies and  counting.

The number of international students is constantly increasing, now with more than 1300 TSU students coming from countries such as the USA, UK, Germany, France, Australia, Italy, Poland, Mongolia, China, Vietnam, Korea, Columbia, Turkey and others.

TSU has all the necessary facilities: comfortable campus, information centers, many different canteens and cafeterias, culture and sports clubs. The university library is one of the richest in Russia. Its ever-growing collection contains more than 4 million printed volumes. The Siberian botanical gardens are situated on the campus, covering over 10 hectares. There are 8 dormitories for students and graduate students, including recently built state of the art "Sail". All dormitories provide accommodation for students, graduate students, foreign teachers, guests and visitors.

For its outstanding service in the progress of science, education and culture, Tomsk University was included by executive order of the President of the Russian Federation in the State Code of particularly valuable objects of the cultural heritage of Russian nations. In 2006 TSU became a member of the European Universities Association (EUA).

TSU was the winner of the contest for conferring the status of “National Research University” (2010).

National Research Tomsk State University is in the Top-15 of the leading Russian universities which receive state support for entry into the Top-100 of the world university rankings.

In 2014 TSU improved its position by 100 in the QS ranking and entered the Top-500 best world universities. In QS BRICS University Rankings TSU occupied 6-th position among Russian universities.

For over 135 years TSU has been engaged in the training of the scientific and managerial elite, based on the principles of integration of the academic process and fundamental scientific research. This is a center for attracting creative talents, a generator of advanced ideas, a paragon of following the best traditions of Russian higher education.

Facts and figures

Year Established 1878
Total Number of Staff 4481
Number of Academic Staff 1212
Number of Students 15776