Saint Petersburg State University

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Санкт-Петербургский государственный университет
motto Hic tuta perennat
founding January 28th jul. / February 8, 1724 greg.
Sponsorship state
place St. Petersburg
country RussiaRussia Russia
Students ~ 32,000
Networks Coimbra Group , IAU
College building of the university
College building of the university

The State University of Saint Petersburg ( Russian Санкт-Петербургский государственный университет ) is a state university in Saint Petersburg and one of the oldest, largest and most prestigious universities in Russia .


St. Petersburg State University was the first university and higher scientific educational institution in the Russian Empire . It was simultaneously with the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences on the decree of Peter I on January 28th jul. / February 8, 1724 greg. founded. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz had delivered the designs to the Tsar.

Initially, the university presented itself as a pure research facility of the Academy of Sciences. Since 1726, public lectures have been held at the university. In the period from 1803 to 1819 the university did not formally exist because the Academy of Sciences, which was linked to the university at the time, was dissolved. However, the Pedagogical Institute continued to exist , which subsequently formed the basis for founding the current university.

The status of a college and today's rank as a university was not until February 8th . / February 20, 1819 greg. awarded when this status was given to the Pedagogical Institute . The three founding faculties of the university included the philosophical-legal, the historical-philological and the physical-mathematical faculties. In 1854 the Faculty of Eastern Languages ​​was added.

At different times, also due to changing political influences, the university had different names, such as University of Petersburg, University of Petrograd, Zhdanov State University of Leningrad and University of Saint Petersburg. The university is partly housed in a series of buildings from the early 18th century, the twelve colleges , on the banks of the Neva on Vasilyevsky Island ; some faculties are located in newly built buildings in the Petersburg suburb of Peterhof .


Today, the university is home to 24 faculties, these include the biological faculty, the Faculty of Ostwissenschaften, the geological faculty, journalism faculty, historical faculty, the Faculty of Psychology , the Faculty of Mathematics and Mechanics , Faculty of computer science, the physical faculty, the chemistry faculty, the economics faculty, the law faculty, and the sociology faculty.


Vladimir Putin (left) and his successor in the office of Russian President, Dmitri Medvedev , both studied in Saint Petersburg

Important graduates of the university include:



The Saint Petersburg State University has the following partner universities

Web links

Commons : Saint Petersburg State University  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ List of IAU Members. In: International Association of Universities, accessed August 16, 2019 .
  2. ^ TU Clausthal - New cooperation partner of the TU in St. Petersburg. In: July 14, 2016, accessed August 3, 2016 .
  3. uni hh. Report opinions from the University of Hamburg . No. 34 November 1974.