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Anatoli Korkin
E-mail: anatoli.korkin@asu.edu

National Research Tomsk State University (TSU)


Arizona State University and National Research Tomsk State University have signed General Collaboration Agreement in order to encourage closer academic ties in the areas of interest and benefit of both institutions.This Agreement will serve as a general framework for cooperation between the two institutions and is intended to facilitate the development of specific bilateral programs of collaboration

About Tomsk

The history of Tomsk begins in 1604 when, by order of Tsar Boris Godunov, a fortress was built on the river Tom for the protection of local Tatars from raids by Khirgiz bandits and to expand Russia's territory further in Siberia. In 1629, Tomsk acquired city status, becoming the center of the Siberian region. The first university in Siberia opened in Tomsk in 1888. The importance of Tomsk as a regional center increased and the territory that it governed over expanded, until the trans-Siberian railroad was built in the 1890s, bypassing Tomsk in the south via Novonikolaevsk (later renamed to Novosibirsk), which led to the growing importance of Novosibirsk over Tomsk.

Siberia was a place of exile in the Russian empire, and in the mid-19th century one fifth of Tomsk's population were political and criminal exiles. However, with the opening of Tomsk State University and later Tomsk Polytechnic University, it turned out to become the educational center of Siberia, and an unofficial name for the city arose - Siberian Athens. Prince Vyazemsky gave this nickname to the city during one of his visits, reflecting the leading position of the city in the educational and cultural paths.

During WWII many factories and research centers had been relocated in Tomsk and Novosibirsk, and later during the Cold War period Tomsk became a closed city, forbidding visits from
foreigners due to its nuclear research and development facilities, located primarily in the secret city "Tomsk-7" renamed into Seversk in 1992. Tomsk has 6 state and 2 private universities.

About TSU

The National Research Tomsk State University was founded in 1878. In those days, the university was called the Imperial Siberian University and included one department - a medical department. It was the first university in the territory of Russian Asia (East of the banks of the Volga River). During the Civil War, professors and scholars from Perm and Kazan universities were evacuated to Tomsk, where they continued their work there In the early 1920s, the university was entitled as a state university, changing its name to Tomsk State University. During World War II, an optical-mechanical plant was located within the walls of the university. But thanks to the initiative of Tomsk scientists in 1943, work was begun to restore the activities of the university.

Today, Tomsk State University is one of the leading national research institutions, a center of science, education and culture. More than 17,000 students study here in one of the school’s 23 departments and educational institutes. The teaching staff includes more than 500 doctors of sciences (equivalent German habilitation) and 1000 PhDs. Graduates of the university work in Russia and internationally, multiplying the fame of alma mater.

The university’s main building not only houses spacious halls, but also numerous museums, the University Grove, the Scientific Library of National Importance (home of more than 4 million documents) and the beautiful and unique Siberian Botanical Garden. The territory of the Garden together with the Park of Preservation and greenhouse complex is 10 hectares, or about 25 acres. The doors of the Botanical Garden are open all year round for visitors, and visitors can participate in guided tours.

ASU - TSU Partnership

RUSTEC invites ASU faculties and students to participate in joint projects with TSU in the framework of the General Collaboration Agreement. In particular, both institutions agree:

  • To identify opportunities for the exchange of faculty and research staff;
  • To exchange and educate academic personnel through sabbaticals, short stays, seminars, courses, workshops, etc;
  • To jointly develop research programs and projects;
  • To jointly develop undergraduate and graduate programs;
  • To exchange information in the fields of interest to both institutions;
  • To explore opportunities for student exchange, studies and research;
  • To explore opportunities to send or receive visiting students for a semester or year
  • To jointly carry out professional and academic events;
  • To mutually lend advice, technical support and services;
  • To identify other areas of possible interest and collaboration.