One can hardly find a place in Russia with such an impressive number of implemented national projects as in the Krasnoyarsk Region. Our most focused “development points” have been determined in industry, power engineering and energy, research and education. Siberian Federal University, as a response to regional developmental challenges, was established in 2006 to train highly qualified specialists capable of working in any region of our country, including severe conditions of the Northern areas.
The University was founded by merging 5 major Krasnoyarsk institutions of higher education. Among the members of the University Board of Trustees there are representatives of large companies, politicians and scientists. The Chairman of the Board is Dmitry Medvedev, the Prime Minister of Russia.
The mission of Siberian Federal University is to serve the needs of the Region by providing high-quality practice-oriented higher education by means of close integration between education, business and research/innovation, enabling the graduates to successfully market themselves both locally and globally.
SibFU in figures
- 19 schools and 3 regional branches.
- Over 33,000 students (half of whom come from all over Russia, including 380 overseas students).
- Over 700 post-graduate students.
- 7 860 employees, 3 450 teachers, 420 Professors and Doctors habil.
- 151 study programs (Bachelor & Master).
- 121 doctoral programs in 18 fields of study.
- 29 on-campus dormitories.
- 7 400 million RUR University profit in 2014.
- About 50 sports clubs in over 31 kinds of sport.
- About 100 creative and artistic student clubs.
- 70% of graduates get employed in the field of their major.
- 14th place in the National Ranking of Universities (Interfax), 3 stars in the International University Ranking (QS), 13th place in the International Ranking of University Web-sites (Webometrics).
The university campus in Krasnoyarsk includes 28 dormitories, 24 study buildings, a building accommodating the library and the university administration offices. A University Assembly Hall is to be put into operation in 2015.
Krasnoyarsk has been nominated as the host city for the Winter Universiade in 2019. The Universiade Village will be located at the University campus which is favourably close to the main winter sports venue Academy of Winter Spots. The Universiade infrastructure is partly in place, while the following facilities are yet to be built by 2018:
- a multifunctional sports centre;
- a first-aid medical centre for athletes;
- two new dormitory complexes (three 18-floor and four 17-floor buildings).
Structure and management
Eugene A. Vaganov has been the Rector of Siberian Federal University since its beginning.
The President of the University is Alexander V. Uss, Full Professor of Law, Board Chairman of Legislative Assembly of Krasnoyarsk region.
Library and publishing complex
These serve as an invaluable information source for the educational process and scientific research and include the following:
- Scientific library
Access to 25 leading scientific databases of the world which comprise over 50 million files including 22,000 international research journals. Hi-tech equipment.
- Publishing centre
All kinds of editing and publishing activities: publishing books, professional editing of manuscripts, promoting University-published editions, contracting booksellers, participating in all-Russian and international book fairs and competitions, presenting the University in international libraries (including electronic ones), publishing research articles of the University faculty, as well as teaching material.
- Polygraphic centre
Upgrade and circulation of the University’s books, printing out presentational and advertising material in various kinds of polygraphic printing techniques.
The University provides unique opportunities for both research and education with a consistent amount of federal money invested in its hi-tech scientific facilities. A research centre for new and nano-materials is one of the major innovative SibFU facilities.
The University possesses:
- a supercomputer, one of “Top-50” most high-performance computers in Russia;
- a space data receiving centre and a centre of seismic prospecting;
- an observatory fully equipped with a weather station and a lunar-planetary camera;
- a complex of equipment for physical and chemical research;
- biotechnological, clinical and biological, nanotechnological and electronic laboratories.
For the purpose of providing international recognition to the research conducted by faculty and staff, postgraduate and Ph.D students a project of publishing an own scientific journal has been launched. “SibFU journal” is a peer-reviewed journal consisting of five thematic series: “Humanities and Social Sciences”, “Mathematics and Physics”, “Biology”, “Chemistry”, “Engineering and Technologies”. The articles are published both in Russian and English.
Innovation, as one of the basics of the University, is represented at SibFU by over 40 small innovative enterprises in the fields of technologies, consulting and various services.
A number of publications by SibFU staff in international journals has risen 4 times since the foundation of the University, and the amount of awarded grants has turned 6-fold. The pure research profit of SibFU in 2014 was about 530 million RUR.
Anthony J. Sinskey
Five international laboratories function at the University:
- SibFU laboratory of bioluminescent technologies led by the Noble Prize winner in chemistry Prof Osamu Shimomura, Boston University Medical School, MA, USA;
- Laboratory “Biotechnologies of new materials” coordinated by leading scientist Prof Dr Anthony J. Sinskey, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, USA;
- Central Siberian laboratory of global climate changes “Sib-Lab” coordinated by Prof Dr Christiane Schmullius, FSU University Jena, Germany;
- Laboratory of genomic research led by Konstantin V. Krutovsky, leading scientist, Professor of Genetics at University of Göttingen (Germany) and the head of the laboratory of Forest genetics and genomics in Texas, USA;
- Laboratory “Multidimensional complex analysis and differential equations” led by Ari Laptev, a famous expert in spectral theory of differential equations and complex analysis, Professor at KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden) and Imperial College London.
There are 143 MoUs and MoAs on international cooperation between SibFU and universities from 34 countries, as well as 7 programs accredited by European Council on Business Education.
There are 350 international students of all levels (Bachelor, Master, Doctoral and Internship programs) from 23 countries currently studying at SibFU. The largest numbers of students come from China and CIS countries – Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. Other students come from Nigeria, Ecuador, Vietnam, Australia, etc. Exchange students from Germany, Japan, Czech Republic and Spain come on a regular basis.
In 2013 SibFU employed 13 international teachers and hosted 120 visiting Professors and experts from 27 countries of the world who came to hold lectures and seminars, coordinate projects, etc. The list includes Hernandez Esteve Paula Victoria (Spain), Wang Xinfeng (China), Christoph Deininger (Germany), Tetsujiro Ishii (Japan), Samuel Novakovsky (France), Jerzy Barglik (Poland), Lupi Sergio (Italy), and many others.
In the same year over a hundred SibFU students studied abroad under grant programs and participated in scientific and language schools. 85 students took part in internship programs.
Culture and lifestyle
Apart from education, science and knowledge Siberian Federal University provides an amazing opportunity for students to demonstrate and develop their artistic talents. Bright and diverse creative life is an indispensible part of the University student life. One can discover their gifts and contribute to high-class artistic achievements of the SibFU team by singing, dancing, acting, etc. Whatever your talent is, it will be certainly revealed in a friendly atmosphere of like-minded people. Don’t miss your chance to find out that university can be FUN!
There are plenty of sports facilities at the University, including various sports centres, swimming pools, stadiums and football pitches, ski courses and gyms all over the campus.
P.E. is provided for the students of all programs during their study. One can choose a type of sports depending on their preferences and physical abilities.
Some of the world-praised sportsmen currently study and teach at SibFU, including Olga Medvedtseva (two-time Olympic champion and multiple World champion in biathlon), Evgeny Ustyugov (two-time Olympic champion, Europe and World champion in biathlon), Dmitry Trunenkov (Olympic champion in bobsleigh), Nazir Mankiev (Olympic champion in Greco-Roman wrestling), and many more.
SibFU staff and students publish a few University newspapers. The students also work at a SibFU TV channel which broadcasts not only within the University, but also on Krasnoyarsk Region TV channels. One of the SibFU schools has got their own radio station which is very popular among the school students.
An orange squirrel, shaped as the letter U for University, has become an easily recognizable mascot. The majority of students believe a squirrel is the best association with Siberian Federal University since it is friendly and open, mobile and prudent, and it is a hard worker, just like a SibFU student working hard in gaining knowledge and developing skills.
The goal of Siberian Federal University is to become a Centre of Excellence in innovation and technology, a world-class human resources training centre. Positive changes that have taken place in the past three years allow assuming that the goal is certain to be achieved.