KEMEROVO STATE UNIVERSITY
Kemerovo state University was founded in 1974. The University has gone through several stages of its development from a small provincial Pedagogical College to one of the largest universities in Siberia. Kemerovo State University traces its history back to the Pedagogical College (later renamed the pedagogical College), organized in 1928 to train primary school teachers and pioneer counselors. In 1949, Kemerovo Teachers’ Institute was opened on the base of the College, and in 1953, it received the status of the Kemerovo State Pedagogical Institute. In 1974, the Pedagogical Institute was reorganized into Kemerovo State University University.
KemSU has always been the largest HEI in Kuzbass, and in 2017 it earned the title of flagship university of Kemerovo region. In 2018, KemSU ranked among the TOP-10 flagship universities of Russia. In the independent ratings developed by both Russian and international organizations, KemSU traditionally ranks among the TOP-100 most popular Russian universities. The university ranks high in the Academic Ranking of World Universities-European Standard (ARES).
KemSU possesses modern research and educational laboratories and has over 20 research schools. The university’s research projects have received grant support from Russian and international foundations. KemSU organizes internships and facilitates job placement at the leading companies and enterprises in Russia and abroad. KemSU has the experience of training students from all over the world: within degree programs, exchange programs, courses of Russian as foreign languages and at the preparatory faculty for international applicants. In the academic year 2019/2020, it trains over 900 degree students from 14 countries (Armenia, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine and Viet Nam) and exchange students from Belgium, Italy and Germany.
KemSU has been training foreign students in the Preparatory Department (in Russian as Foreign Language) since 1991. In 2019, students from Guinea, India, Sudan, Cote d’Ivoire, Laos, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Vietnam and China graduated from the Preparatory Department to continue their studies for Degree programs in universities all over Russia. In the academic year 2019/2020, students from Afghanistan, Guinea, Zambia, China, and Mongolia were admitted to the Preparatory Department.
KemSU has 7 student residence buildings with the total of 4507 beds. Different buildings have different facilities. Student residence buildings 1, 2 and 3 are located in the Central cluster of KemSU’s campus, next to Sovetov square, while buildings 4, 5 and 6 are located in the Eastern Cluster of the campus, not far from Stroiteley Boulevard. Student residence building 7 is located in Miranya Street and accommodates the students of the Faculty of Vocational Education and Training.
Accommodation in KemSU’s student residence buildings is provided to all students coming from other cities (including exchange students) for the period of the study, and to applicants – for the entrance exam period.
KemSU’s academic buildings have canteens and cafes where breakfast and lunch are served. The menu includes salads, soups, mains (chicken, meat and fish), numerous side dishes, drinks and desserts. All the dishes can be packed for take-away.
KemSU’s library is has branches in three buildings of the University, with a total of 4 reading rooms for 250 seats. The Library’s funds comprise 1.5 million printed documents, including scientific, educational, reference, popular science and art literature, periodicals and publications. Of particular value are the rare books of the 16th – 20th centuries, periodicals of the 19th century, old printed books, lifetime editions of classics, as well as collections of books by prominent Russia’s and KemSU’s researchers. The Library uses the comprehensive library automation system “IRBIS64”, facilitating access to the electronic catalogue. KemSU’s library also provides access to electronic educational resources and electronic databases.
In 2013, KemSU was one of the first Russian universities to join the Association of student sports clubs, created on the initiative of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin. KemSU’s sports club unites active students who want to play sports at the University. The sports club is located in the sports complex “Panther”.
The “First snow” festival, the idea of which arose in 1984, is meant for first-year students. The festival is held annually in autumn. During the festival, the most active and creative first-year students can express their creative abilities and take part in the concert program of their institute or faculty. The festival “ends in a gala concert, where the best performances of the festival are demonstrated and winners are awarded.
The “Student spring in KemSU” was first held in 1974, when the University was established. Along with the “First snow” festival, is the largest student event in the University. It is one of the most long-awaited and brightest events in the life of a student. All Institutes and faculties prepare their concert programs, and the jury determines the winners and identifies the best performances.
Support for international students
KemSU students and staff do their best to help international students get acquainted with Russia and Siberia, to master the Russian language, to learn more about Russian history and culture and to succeed in their studies. In summer, the Summer School is held for the international applicants to adapt to studies and to get acquainted before the beginning of the school year.
KemSU’s Centre for Intercultural Communications was created to facilitate the adaptation of international students at the university.
During the academic year, KemSU Open festival is held at Kemerovo State University to celebrate the International day of Student Sport. Every spring the festival “Multinational Kuzbass” is held at KemSU, where students from different countries perform traditional dances and songs and recite poems in their native languages. These events are aimed at maintaining and developing the intercultural dialogue among students of different nationalities.
Tutors help foreign students with preparing the necessary documents for registration, as well as in everyday matters. The Centre for Intercultural Communications also serves as a platform for the implementation of ideas and projects of students of different nationalities, aimed at preserving and promoting cultural traditions, and teaching respect for each other. Thus, in November 2019, the contest “Dishes of national cuisines” brought together students from Zambia, China, Korea and Afghanistan at KemSU.