In 2009 Samara State University celebrated the 90th anniversary since its foundation and the 40th anniversary since its revival. What is Samara State University in contemporary Russia?
Today Samara State University is a large scientific, educational and cultural centre of the Volga region with a constantly developing infrastructure. The university being of the classical type preserves the highest educational standards and education quality.
The University has three regional branches (in Togliatti, Syzran and Pokhvistnevo). At present Samara State University comprises 10 basic faculties: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mechanics and Mathematics, History, Philology, Sociology, Psychology, Law, Economics and Management.
Samara State University also includes faculties of Part-time Training, Pre-University Training, Knowledge Updating, and Specialists Retraining.
Highly qualified faculty consisting of 640 lecturers including 99 doctors of sciences and professors, 16 honoured workers of science teach at 60 departments. Samara State University offers postgraduate training in 51 majors; 2 doctorate and 49 candidate majors. Eight dissertation councils function at the university where candidate and doctoral dissertations are defended.
Samara State University is one of the leading universities in the region, successfully introducing information technologies into educational process, research and management. Informatization is one of the priorities of the university development. Samara State University is an important Internet-provider in the region. University network includes over 12 000 users, 30 computer rooms and 30 servers.
The university possesses a great library which contains about 1 million copies. The special pride of SSU is the Botanic Garden with a unique collection of plants. Additionally, the university hosts the branches of Russian Academy of Natural Science, Russian Academy of Human Sciences, office of the Russian Academy of Cosmonautics.
Over 40 years (1969-2009) the university graduated 38 113 specialists who successfully work in governmental agencies, educational, cultural, scientific and legal institutions, in industrial spheres. Many of them are invited to work for well-known foreign companies and organizations such as Council of Europe, the German Consulate in Russia, ALCOA Inc., Calvin Klein Inc., The Coca Cola Company, Johnson and Johnson LLC., etc.
The University takes an active part in the modernization of education. The adoption of the multi-level education system has begun. Samara State University already offers Bachelor and Master programs in a variety of fields.
Today, being a member of the Eurasian Association of Universities and Russian Association of Classical Universities, SSU creates favourable conditions for the transition to multi-level system of education. Introducing innovations and best practices into educational process and research, Samara State University preserves the leading role in educational system of Samara Region.