Samara University began life as the Kuibyshev Aviation Institute in 1942. Samara State Aerospace University (SSAU) is now one of Russia’s leading university and one of the leading aerospace universities in the world.
SSAU trains specialists in rocket and space engineering, aviation, radio electronics, metallurgy, the automotive industry, the information and communication industry and other fields.
Its motto is "We’ll be ahead of time".
In 2009, the university became one of the 14 higher education institutions in Russia to be awarded the status of National Research University and in 2015, the university was joined with the Samara State Aerospace University, making it what it is today and bringing the number of educational programmes up sharply.
It has several institutes, including the Space Engineering Institute, Aerospace Propulsion Institute, Aeronautical Engineering Institute, Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering Institute, Continuing Professional Education Institute, Continuing Professional Education Institute, plus seven faculties: industrial engineering, informational science, computer science, economics and management, basic training and fundamental sciences and correspondence education.
There are 16,976 undergraduates and 1456 professors and lecturers. Notable alumni include aeronautical engineer Emily Orwaru.
Based in Samara (called Kuybyshev from 1935 to 1990) one of Russia’s largest cities, with a population of 1,169,000. It is now an important administrative centre of Samarskaya Oblast but began in 1586 as a fortress to protect the then eastern boundaries of Russia from nomad conquests.
It is located in the southeastern area of European Russia, on the Volga river. The climate is continental, with hot summers and cold winters.
Vladimir Lenin (Ulyanov) lived in Samara with his family from 1890 till 1893. He started working as an attorney's assistant at Samara Court. His first theoretical works were written in Samara.