Northern (Arctic) Federal University

Northern (Arctic) Federal University (NArFU) was established in June 2010 by merging a number of leading Arkhangelsk higher educational institutions. It includes 7 higher schools, 2 institutes, 3 colleges and 3 branches providing educational services to over 17,000 students. Staff consists of over 1160 lecturers. NArFU has more than 70 agreements of international cooperation with partner universities.

One of the major NArFU research focuses is the Arctic development. Core areas of NArFU academic focus are high technologies and knowledge-intensive sectors, infrastructure development and Northern Sea Route, natural resources management, environmental protection and climate change, health and well-being, social sphere and human resources in the High North.

As a federal university NArFU develops a system of higher professional education that will optimize regional educational structures and strengthen links between educational institutions and economic and social spheres in the North-West of Russia.


  • Higher School of Social Sciences, Humanities and International Communication
  • Higher School of Natural Sciences and Technologies
  • Higher School of Information Technologies and Automated Systems
  • Higher School of Economics, Management and Law
  • Higher School of Engineering
  • Higher School of Energy, Oil and Gas
  • Higher School of Psychology and Pedagogical Education
  • Institute of Shipbuilding and Arctic Marine Engineering (Severodvinsk)


  • Technological College of Emperor Peter I
  • Technical College (branch in Severodvinsk)


  • Koryazhma Branch
  • Severodvinsk branch
  • Naryan-Mar Representative Office

Facts and figures

Year Established 2010
Total Number of Staff 4165
Number of Academic Staff 1163
Number of Students 19000
Focus Areas

Building engineering in a cold climate environment
Environmental management
Maritime oil and gas constructions
Ecological monitoring and environmental safety
Industrial biotechnology and bioengineering
Ship power plants
Industrial economics
IT for analysis of remote-sensing data on ice moving
Information and space systems for ecological management
Applied geology
Medicine biophysics
Nuclear physics and technologies