Ural State University

A. M. Gorky Ural State University
Уральский государственный университет
им. А. М. Горького
Motto Hominem ūnīus librī timeō
Motto in English
Beware the man of one book (Thomas Aquinas)
Type University/Liberal Arts
Established 19 October 1920
President Vladimir Tretyakov
Rector Dmitriy Bugrov
Students 8,000+ Full Time
10,000+ part-time and distance-education students
Address 51, Lenina str., 620083, Yekaterinburg, Russia, Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia
Campus Urban
Website www.usu.ru

The Ural State University (Russian: Урáльский госудáрственный университéт и́мени А.М. Гóрького, Urál'skiy gosudárstvennyy universitét ímeni A. M. Gór'kogo, often shortened to USU, УрГУ) is located in the city of Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russian Federation. Founded in 1920, it was an exclusive educational establishment made of several institutes (educational and scientific divisions) which later became independent universities and schools.

Established in 1936 the University was named after one of its founders, Russian author Maxim Gorky. It is the second oldest University in the Middle Urals (the oldest being Urals State University of Mines) and one of the most prestigious universities in Russia; preparing research, educational and managerial elite on the basis of the integration of academic process and scientific research. It offers education in dozens of scientific and educational fields including 53 graduate programs. In 2007 Dmitriy Bugrov was elected new rector,[1] while the incumbent Vladimir Tretyakov took the office of the President, representing the University in international affairs.

The USU is organized into 95 chairs and 14 departments. These are Biology, Journalism, Culturology & Arts, History, Mathematics and Mechanics, Politology and Sociology, Psychology, Physics, Philology, Philosophy, Public relations, Chemistry, Foreign affairs, and Economics. Among the University's faculty there are 18 academicians of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

The University also has a Lyceum, the Leonardo Italian College, an Institute of Physics and Applied Mathematics, an Interregional Institute of Social Sciences, the Russian-American Institute of Economy and Business, the Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship, a distance education center, the Russian Culture Institute, an observatory, a botanical garden, a scientific library with over 1,200,000 volumes, a publishing house, several museums, a special chair of Russian as foreign language, a laboratory for e-learning of foreign languages, and offers refresher courses and Institutes for Further Education and Training.

Every year the Ural State University hosts the Demidov Lectures - a series of lectures given by the Demidov Prize winners.

Since 2010, the University has been The Ural Federal university after Boris Yeltsin. It was caused by the Russian Federation's President's decree #1172 from 21.10.2010. The University is now joint with The Ural State Technical University.

Scientific Schools

The most prominent scientific schools created in Ural State University:


USU was ranked 25th among Russian Ministry of Education's top universities in 2004.[2] According to the Webometrics Ranking's which is based on the volume of the Web presence and the amount of Web publications, USU is ranked 7th in Russia.[3]

Notable alumni

Also the next famous people and scientists are Notable alumni of the Ural state university:


The location and the set of the symbols on the emblem of the Ural State University were officially approved on 24 April 2008.

The emblem centre represents the cross of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, the patroness of Yekaterinburg. This is the concave-spiked four-part cross. Spikes, which form the cross, refer to one more symbol – the staff of Egyptian priests, keepers of sacred knowledge. This staff is also called the staff of Anthony the Great, which symbolizes search and attainment of truth. A solar symbol – a cogwheel, put on the cross, symbolizes the sun and the light of knowledge. At the same time the wheel and the cross are St. Catherine’s attribute, who, according to the legend, was condemned to be broken on the wheel.

The three books symbolize the unity of the natural sciences, the formal sciences and the humanities and refer to the motto of the emblem: “Beware the man of one book”. (Thomas Aquinas)

See also


  1. Dmitiy Bugrov is elected rector (in Russian)
  2. The official university ranking of the Russian Ministry for Education, 2004
  3. USU on the top 100 Webometrics's list of universities in Russia

Coordinates: 56°50′25″N 60°37′00″E / 56.8404°N 60.6168°E / 56.8404; 60.6168

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