About Kazan State University (KSU)
The Kazan State University (KSU) was established in 1804. Kazan State University is the second oldest university in the Russian Federation. An internationally acknowledged centre of academic excellence, it is routinely listed among the 5 to 10 best institutions of higher education in the country.
The University stands out as one of the architectural diamonds in the centre of the 1,000 year-old city of Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan and a city populated by 1.2 million people, mostly Russians and Tatars. While located in the same time zone as Moscow, Kazan straddles Europe and Asia on the left bank of the great Volga River, some 500 miles east of Russia's capital. To reach the city from Moscow takes an hour by plane, overnight by train or four-days by a leisurely boat ride down the main waterway of Russia's heartland.
The main centre of higher education for a vast region, KSU has 17 faculties and 105 academic departments. It has over 15,000 full-time students, who follow 54 major degree programs and many more 'specializations'. With about 260 full professors and 900 associate and assistant professors, KSU offers one of the best student-to-teacher ratios in the country.
The University carefully preserves the traditions of its world renowned scientific schools of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, and linguistics. Over the last decade it has succeeded in promoting state-of-the art research in the areas of computing and environmental sciences, as well as social and cultural studies, often taking advantage of interdisciplinary approaches.
The University is a recognized leader in international cooperation. Each year KSU members win dozens of grants from international foundations, involving themselves in projects with cutting-edge research centres in many countries. Our students and professors actively participate in bilateral research and educational exchange programs with about 50 partner institutions in more than 20 countries.