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Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University

Coordinates: 59°58′21″N 30°19′21″E / 59.97250°N 30.32250°E / 59.97250; 30.32250

Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University "LETI"
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RectorViktor Sheludko
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Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University "LETI" (ETU, ETU "LETI", Russian: Санкт-Петербургский государственный электротехнический университет «ЛЭТИ» им. В.И. Ульянова (Ленина), СПбГЭТУ «ЛЭТИ») is one of the oldest Russian higher education institutions.

It was founded in 1886 as a Technical College. LETI, as it is popularly called, received the status of a higher education institution in 1899 and became known as Electrotechnical Institute. ETU was the first higher educational institution in Europe to specialize in electrical engineering. In August 2016 ETU “LETI” became the part of the Project 5-100,[1] a Russian academic excellence program.

The University has training programs in fields of radio engineering, telecommunications, control processes, computer engineering and IT, electronics, biomedical engineering, management, and linguistics.


The need to establish a specialized educational institution focused on electrical engineering arose in Russia in 1884. At the time, application of electrical phenomena in telegraph devices was widespread, so the main task for the new Technical College was to teach subjects dealing only with the oldest branch of electrical engineering. The Chief of the Administration of Posts and Telegraphs made a statement about the need for specialists with higher education in the State Council of the Russian Empire. Count Dmitry Tolstoy, Minister of Interior, submitted a draft of Provisional Regulations to the State Council and the staff of the Technical College. On June 3, 1886, Emperor Alexander III approved of the Provisional Regulations on the Technical College with a three-year term of study.

On September 4, 1886, Technical College of the Postal and Telegraph Department, the first civilian electrotechnical educational Institution in Russia, was opened. Nikolai Pisarevsky, an outstanding engineer in the field of electrical communications, became the director of the school. The building of the former Telegraph Department (Novo-Isaakievskaya 18, now Yakubovicha Street) was allocated for the needs of the college.

The results of the first study year showed that it was necessary to increase the period of study and expand education programs. On June 11 (23), 1891, Emperor Alexander III signed a decree and renamed Technical College as Electrotechnical Institute (ETI) with a four-year term of study. Its graduates had the right to defend their thesis projects after one year of practical work, and they were awarded titles of engineers. The curriculum was expanded and departments were established on core subjects - mathematics, physics, chemistry, electrical engineering, telegraph and telegraph devices. Education was free.

After Nikolai Pisarevsky passed away in 1895, Nikolai Kachalov became the head of the institute. In the days of his leadership, the university underwent significant changes. On June 4 (16), 1899, ETI was granted the status of a higher education institution with the introduction of a five-year training period. The university began specialist training in all fields of electrical studies.

In August 1899, Emperor Nicholas II issued an order to rename the institute in memory of its "unforgettable founder", Alexander III as Electrotechnical Institute of Emperor Alexander III. Graduates have been awarded titles of electrical engineers since 1900.

The second industrial revolution in the late XIX century increased the demand for electrical engineering. It was decided to construct a group of buildings for the Institute on Aptekarsky Island. The architect Alexander Vekshinsky designed the building in pseudo-gothic style. The Institute was granted classrooms, as well as laboratories, a library, and an assembly hall. ETI moved to the new location in 1903.

Alexander Popov, the inventor of the radio, was appointed as professor of the Department of Physics in 1901. He then became the first elected director of the institute in September 1905.

Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical Institute after the revolutionEdit

Prof. Valentin Kovalenkov, Corresponding Member of the USSR Academy of Sciences, and Prof. Nikolai Scritsky introduced a new Telemechanics major. Later the Department of Automation and Telemechanics was founded as well.

Valentin Vologdin, Corresponding Member of the USSR Academy of Sciences, founded a laboratory of high-frequency electrical engineering at LETI in 1935. The laboratory became a research institute of high-frequency currents in 1947.

During the Second World War, many academic and administrative staff members, as well as students of the Institute went off to the front. When Leningrad was besieged, a group of scientists led by Prof. Sergei Rinkevich remained there. In April 1942, Sergei Rinkevich helped establish the Research Bureau affiliated to the People's Commissariat of the Shipbuilding Industry that carried out special tasks to ensure the defense of Leningrad. Prof. A. Alekseev organized welding works on Lake Ladoga. He repaired metal parts of berths and vessels utilized on the Road of Life.

A monument dedicated to students and employees of LETI who died in the Great Patriotic War was erected on Instrumentalnaya Street on November 5, 1986.

In 1992, the institute received the status of a Technical University.

In 1998, the Ugra branch of ETU “LETI” (Yugorsk, Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug) was opened.

University todayEdit

Bachelors, masters, and specialists receive training at 7 full-time faculties. At the Open Faculty, bachelors are entitled to part-time and extramural courses.

ETU is preparing students in:

  • Bachelor's degree
    • 19 fields (43 educational programs) of full-time education;
    • 10 fields of part-time education;
    • 4 fields of extramural education.
  • Master's degree
    • 15 fields (53 educational programs) of full-time education, 6 of which in English.
  • Specialist degree
    • 2 specialties of full-time education (4 educational programs).

28 educational programs were recognized as Best Educational Programs of Innovative Russia in 2017. The European Association of ENAEE certified 46 educational programs.

Highly qualified scientific personnel receive training in 43 scientific specialties. Currently, 234 graduate students are studying at ETU. The university has 9 dissertation councils in 23 scientific specialties. More than 50 people finish post-graduate study every year.

About 9226 students and postgraduates are studying at ETU at the moment. The university has 3 full members and 5 corresponding members of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 20 laureates of national and international awards, more than 220 professors and doctors of science. University has more than 2,000 graduates on main educational programs annually.

Besides 350 academic laboratories of 7 faculties, research and innovation complex of the ETU includes Technology park, 8 research and educational centers, 3 resource centers, 5 research institutes, Youth Research Institute, and 14 basic departments at specialized enterprises of strategic partners. Technology Park of the University provides a range of business services to 37 small innovative enterprises. More than 2000 teachers, students, and postgraduates work in small businesses of Technology Park annually.

More than 100 high-tech enterprises of industries are strategic partners of ETU. Among foreign partners of the university are 19 large plant facilities, 15 science and research institutes and centers, 160 universities from 75 countries.

In 2013, ETU "LETI" was awarded St. Petersburg Government Educational Services Quality Prize.

The university takes the 8th place among technical universities of Russia and the 2nd place among technical universities of St. Petersburg in the ranking of the demand for universities in Russia. In 2018, ETU took the 5th place among the technical universities of Russia and the 2nd place among the technical universities of St. Petersburg in monitoring the quality of admission to universities. ETU "LETI" takes the 1st place among technical universities of St. Petersburg on monitoring the employment of graduates.[2]

Studies for foreignersEdit

ETU “LETI” specializes in electrical engineering, radio engineering, and computer science, but also offers Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral programs in the field of humanities, economics and public relations. ETU “LETI” welcomes students all over the world. There are about 1000 international students from 60 countries at the university.

International students who are willing to acquire new, profound knowledge and practical skills can apply to each of the 6 English-taught Master's programs at the university:

  • Laser Measuring Technology
  • Bioengineering Systems and Technologies for Prosthetics and Rehabilitation
  • RF, Microwave and Terahertz Engineering of Wireless Systems
  • Automation and Mechatronics
  • Photovoltaics and Solar Energy Technology
  • Computer Science and Knowledge Discovery

Other programs require Russian language comprehension. However, international students can get enrolled in the Preparatory Department to bridge this gap. For those who want to learn Russian, ETU LETI offers Summer Schools of Russian language. In addition to that, university organizes Professional Summer Schools that provide students with an opportunity to acquire additional skills and increase their knowledge in the following areas:

International cooperationEdit

ETU LETI has partnership cooperation in education with 82 universities in 29 countries. It takes part in Erasmus Mundus program.

University offers several Joint and Double-diploma programs such as Joint bachelor's program with Xuzhou Institute of Technology, Double-diploma program with Lappeenranta University of Technology and TU Ilmenau.


1886-1891 – Technical College of the Post and Telegraph Department

1891-1898 – Electrotechnical Institute

1898-1917 – Electrotechnical Institute of Emperor Alexander III

1918-1992 – Electrotechnical Institute named after V.I. Ulyanov (Lenin)

1992-1998 – Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University

Since 1998 – Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University "LETI"

Official namesEdit

  • Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University "LETI"
  • ETU
  • Санкт-Петербургский государственный электротехнический университет «ЛЭТИ» им. В.И. Ульянова (Ленина)

List of facultiesEdit

Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University LETI is organized into eight faculties, each consists of a number of departments:

Famous alumniEdit


  1. ^ "Вузы". Retrieved 2018-10-24.
  2. ^ "University today". SPbETU “LETI”. Retrieved 2018-10-29.

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