Perm State University

Perm State University (now Perm State National Research University; Russian: Пермский университет, Пермский государственный университет, Пермский государственный национальный исследовательский университет, romanised: Permskiy gosudarstvennyy universitet, Permskiy gosudarstvennyy natsionalynyy issledovatelskyy universitet) or PSU, PSNRU (Russian: ПГУ, ПГНИУ, romanised: PGU, PGNIU), is located in the city of Perm, Perm Krai, Russia. Founded in 1916, it claims to be one of the oldest universities in the Ural and eastern territories of Russia. Its current rector is Dmitriy Krasilnikov.

Perm State University
MottoVivat, Crescat, Floreat
Established14 October 1916
PresidentDr. Vladimir Malanin [ru]
RectorDr. Dmitriy Krasilnikov [ru] (interim)
Academic staff
Location, ,
58°00′27″N 56°11′12″E / 58.0075°N 56.1867°E / 58.0075; 56.1867Coordinates: 58°00′27″N 56°11′12″E / 58.0075°N 56.1867°E / 58.0075; 56.1867
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Perm State University was founded on 14 October 1916. Its origins lie in the opening of a branch of St. Petersburg University in the city of Perm. This decision of the Russian government was in tune with the strategy of the cultural and geopolitical development of the Urals economic region. The idea of a center of higher education in the Urals was supported by D.I. Mendeleev, A.S.Popov, D.N.Mamin-Sibiryak, A.G.Denisov-Uralsky [ru] and other outstanding public figures.

A mass shooting occurred at the university on 20 September 2021, resulting in six deaths and 47 injuries.[1][2]

A modern universityEdit

Today, the university includes 12 faculties, 77 departments and 2 branches. The total number of students is 11,432 (2010/2011 academic year), including 7,607 full-time students. The university provides training of highly qualified scientific specialists in 56 postgraduate specializations (there are about 250 postgraduate students) and 6 doctoral specializations. There are 14 dissertation councils, including 11 councils for the defence of doctoral theses.[3]

Academic activities are conducted by 1229 researchers (2009), including 164 doctors of sciences, professors and 480 candidates of sciences, associate professors.[3] The academic staff includes 4 academicians and 3 corresponding members of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 1 corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Education, 15 honoured science figures of the Russian Federation and 10 honoured workers of higher education of the Russian Federation.[3] 10 academics hold the status of Distinguished Professor at Perm State University.

Perm State University cooperates with foreign partners and international organisations, within the framework of which professors and students of PSU are sent abroad on long-term, mutually agreed with programmes with universities in other countries and international organisations, Perm is visited by professors and students from other universities. Partners of the University are Oxford University, many French university centres (University of Aix-Marseilles, Grenoble-Alpes, Nancy I, Paris III), universities in the USA (Louisville), Central European countries and Australia. The University cooperates with the European Commission, the World Bank, the Ministry of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony and several other organisations.[3]

University rankingsEdit

At the end of August 2018, PSU entered the ranking of the best universities in the Eurasian region, compiled by the British publication Times Higher Education, ranking 61-70.[4][5][6]

According to the QS University Rankings: BRICS (Best BRICS Universities) study published on 8 July 2015, PSU was ranked 24th in the Russian list of leading higher education institutions, ahead of several universities with national research and federal research status.[7]


As of 2008, the university has 12 faculties:

  • Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics
  • Faculty of Physics
  • Faculty of Chemistry
  • Faculty of Biology
  • Faculty of Geology
  • Faculty of Geography
  • Faculty of History and Politology
  • Faculty of Philology
  • Faculty of Philosophy and Sociology
  • Faculty of Economics
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures

Famous alumni and facultyEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Chernova, Anna; Said-Moorhouse, Laurne (20 September 2021). "6 people killed in shooting at Russian university". CNN. Retrieved 20 September 2021.
  2. ^ "Появились новые данные о погибших и пострадавших в результате стрельбы в Перми". Новости России и мира 24 часа в сутки - N4K.RU (in Russian). Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d "PSU in Brief – Perm State University". Retrieved 30 July 2021.
  4. ^ "The best universities in Eurasia". Times Higher Education (THE). 30 August 2018. Retrieved 30 July 2021.
  5. ^ "Пермский университет вошел в рейтинг лучших вузов Евразийского региона". РБК (in Russian). Retrieved 30 July 2021.
  6. ^ "ПГНИУ вошел в рейтинг лучших вузов Евразии". (in Russian). 3 September 2018. Retrieved 30 July 2021.
  7. ^ "Пермский университет вошел в рейтинг лучших вузов стран БРИКС | Приволжский ФО". ФедералПресс (in Russian). Retrieved 30 July 2021.

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