Built in 1804, Kazan Federal University is the second oldest university in Russia (it celebrated its 210th birthday in 2014) and its graduates have played a major role in shaping their country’s history.
The university, originally called Kazan Imperial University and later renamed Vladimir Ulyanov-Lenin Kazan State University, is in the city of Kazan on the banks of the Volga river in the Tartarstan region.
The university’s main campus is in the centre of Kazan and consists of huge neo-classical buildings with the Institute of Physics housed in its own distinctly Soviet tower. The impressive architecture has been listed on the National Cultural Heritage Register of Russia, giving the campus buildings protected status.
Kazan Federal University is known as the birthplace of organic chemistry. While science and engineering have always been a key focus for the university and it also offers it offers a wide range of other subjects. Its 16 institutes, 3 higher schools, law school and two regional branches offer around 500 degree programs at undergraduate and postgraduate level to students from around the globe.
Kazan Federal University is an acknowledged centre of academic excellence and is well connected to partner institutions the world over. They boast nearly 200 cooperation agreements with partner institutions form 53 countries and the university is a member of seven separate international academic associations.
The university’s key areas of research and academic interest include biomedicine and pharmaceutics, oil Extraction and petrochemistry, communication and aerospace technology, advanced materials and social sciences and humanities.
Famous former staff and alumni include writer Leo Tolstoy, mathematician Nikolai Ivanovich Lobachevsky, leader of the Russian revolution Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (Lenin) and physicist Evgeny Zavoisky.
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