Tomsk State University

The National Research Tomsk State University, TSU (Russian: Национа́льный иссле́довательский То́мский госуда́рственный университе́т) is a public research university located in Siberia, Russia. On May 28, 1878, Emperor Alexander II signed a decree on the establishment of the first and only higher education institution between the Russian Urals and the Pacific Ocean – the Siberian Imperial University in Tomsk, Russia.[citation needed]

National Research Tomsk State University
Национа́льный иссле́довательский То́мский госуда́рственный университе́т
Former names
  • The Siberian Imperial University (1878–1888)
  • Tomsk University (1888–1934)
  • Tomsk State University named after Valerian Vladimirovich Kuibyshev (1934–1991)
  • Tomsk State University (1991–2010)
MottoMens Mundo Aperiens
Endowment 33 million (2018)[1]
PresidentDr. Georgiy V. Mayer
RectorDr. Eduard V. Galazhinsky
36 Lenin Ave.
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LanguageRussian, English
NewspaperAlma Mater
AwardsOrder of the October Revolution.svg Order of Red Banner of Labor.svg
Building details
Главный корпус ТГУ.jpg
Tomsk State University is located in Tomsk Oblast
Tomsk State University
Location within Tomsk Oblast
General information
LocationTomsk, Russia
Coordinates56°28′10″N 84°56′51″E / 56.4694°N 84.9475°E / 56.4694; 84.9475Coordinates: 56°28′10″N 84°56′51″E / 56.4694°N 84.9475°E / 56.4694; 84.9475

TSU was opened in 1888.[citation needed] The first classes for the first 72 students began on September 1, 1888 at the single, Medical Faculty. Classes were given by eight professors, aided by seven assistants and laboratory technicians. Professor Nikolai Gezekhus was appointed the first rector of the University.[citation needed]

At present,[when?] there are 23 Faculties and Institutes with 151 Departments and about 23,000 students (among them are about 2,000 international students).[citation needed] The University has a Research Library and the Siberian Botanical Garden.[citation needed]


In 2018, asteroid 343322 Tomskuniver was named in honor of Tomsk State University.[citation needed]

Eduard Vladimirovich Galazhinsky, Rector of the university, was suspended by the European University Association (EUA) following support for the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Union of Rectors (RUR) in March 2022, for being "diametrically opposed to the European values that they committed to when joining EUA”.[2]


Faculty of Founded in
Mechanics and Mathematics 1948
Physics 1948
Radiophysics 1953
Physics and Engineering 1963
Applied Mathematics and Cybernetics 1970
Biological Institute 1932
Geology and Geography 1933
Chemistry 1932
History 1917
Philology 1917
Philosophy 1987
Journalism 2004
Foreign Languages 1995
Psychology 1997
Physical Education 2005
Innovative Technologies 2009
Computer Studies 1986
Institute of Law 1897
Institute of Economics and Management 2016
Institute of Arts and Culture 1994
Military Education 1926
Pre-courses Department 2015
Higher IT School 2017


University rankings
Global – Overall
RUR World[3]240
Regional – Overall
THE Emerging Economies[5]36
National – Overall
Ria Novosti National[6]3

National Research Tomsk State University is often regarded as one of the best universities in Russia as well as one of the best in BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) and the former Soviet Union. Additionally, it often ranks within the top-250 in global ratings. As of 2017, National Research Tomsk State University was the overall third best classical university in Russia according to RIA Novosti—outperformed only by Moscow State University and Ural Federal University.[7]

The university has been awarded various medals during Soviet times, such as the Order of the October Revolution and Order of the Red Banner of Labour.[citation needed]

Strategic Academic UnitsEdit

StrAUs are Strategic Academic Units that focused on the study of the transformation taking place with the man, society, and the natural and man-made environment.[citation needed] TSU has 4 StrAUs, Institute of Biomedicine, Institute of the Human of the Digital Era, Institute of Smart Materials and Technology and Siberian Institute of the Future.

The Research LibraryEdit

The Research Library and Tomsk State University were opened in the same year, 1888. The founder of the library was Vasily Florinskiy – physician and writer, organizer of Tomsk University. Both Tomsk State University and the Research Library was given a status of a Particularly Valuable Object of the Cultural Heritage of the Peoples of the Russian Federation.[citation needed]

SKIF Cyberia SupercomputerEdit

SKIF Cyberia Supercomputer

In 2006, Tomsk State University was one of the 17 universities to win in the Russian competition of innovative educational programs.[citation needed]

Notable peopleEdit

Nobel laureatesEdit

Honorary doctorsEdit


  2. ^ O’Malley, Brendan (7 March 2022). "EUA suspends 12 Russian members who back Putin's invasion". University World News. Retrieved 18 April 2022.
  3. ^ "Round University Rankings World 2018".
  4. ^ "QS Top BRICS Rankings 2019".
  5. ^ "THE Emerging University Rankings 2018". 9 May 2018.
  6. ^ "RIA Classical University Rankings Russia 2017".
  7. ^ "RIA Classical University Rankings Russia 2017".

External linksEdit

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