Tomsk State University

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 in the vast expanses from the Russian Urals to the Pacific Ocean – the Siberian Imperial University in Tomsk, Russia. The TSU is the first Russian university in Asia.

National Research Tomsk State University
Национа́льный иссле́довательский То́мский госуда́рственный университе́т
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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
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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. 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.

At present, there are 23 Faculties and Institutes with 151 Departments and about 23,000 students (among them are about 2,000 international students).

The University's pride is its Scientific Library (4 million copies, the rare book museum) and the Siberian Botanical Garden.

In 2018, asteroid 343322 Tomskuniver was named in honor of Tomsk State University.


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[2]240
Regional – Overall
THE Emerging Economies[4]36
National – Overall
Ria Novosti National[5]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.[6]

The university has also been historically recognised as one of the most important universities in Russia and the Soviet Union, having been awarded various medals during Soviet Times, such as the Order of the October Revolution and Order of the Red Banner of Labour as well as being one of the nine universities in Russia to have received the title "National Research".

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.

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. In 2016 The Library contained 3.8 million depositary units, including over 124,000 manuscripts and rare books.

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. One of the results of this competition was the formation of the Tomsk State University's supercomputing cluster jointly funded by the federal government and co-financing from the extra budgetary funds of the university and assembled by T-Platforms.

At the initial time of inauguration, it was one of the top 100 supercomputers on the planet. And, for more than a year, it was the fastest supercomputer in both Eastern Europe and the CIS.

It has since been modernised several times. Once in 2010. And, again in 2015. As of September 2018, the cluster has 11.8 terabytes of memory, 564 Xeon 5150s, 696 Xeon 5670s, 50 Xeon E5-2695 V3s, and 50 Tesla K80s for a total peak performance of 106.82 teraflops.

Notable PeopleEdit

Nobel laureatesEdit

Honorary doctorsEdit


  2. ^ "Round University Rankings World 2018".
  3. ^ "QS Top BRICS Rankings 2019".
  4. ^ "THE Emerging University Rankings 2018".
  5. ^ "RIA Classical University Rankings Russia 2017".
  6. ^ "RIA Classical University Rankings Russia 2017".

External linksEdit

  Media related to Tomsk State University at Wikimedia Commons