About the University

Altai State University is one of the leading Russian classical higher education institutions established in 1973. It is a major educational, research and cultural center located in the Asian part of the country, integrated into international academic community, training the intellectual elite and conducting high-impact research.

ASU consists of 12 faculties; Institute for Additional Education; 4 scientific research institutes; more than 30 applied research laboratories and research centers, 15 of which are SB RAS joint laboratories; 14 scholar schools, 2 of which have been acknowledged to be the leading scholar schools of Russia; science museums network; library with the collection of more than 1 million units.

The University develops in the framework of 12 core and 45 additional scientific areas with the highest priority in agro bio industry; biotechnology; biomedicine; food and ecological security; physics; mathematical modelling of natural, technological, social and economic processes; information technologies; innovational development of Siberian economy; geo-ecological monitoring; nanotechnology.

The University employs more than 2,500 people, 1,000 of which are teaching staff and scientific workers, including 4 academicians and 3 corresponding members of RAS, 139 Doctors and 576 Candidates of Science.

The University takes one of the leading places in Siberia in terms of number of students being trained (around 13,000 students, more than 3,000 yearly graduates). The number of international students, coming mostly from Asian countries, is increasing annually by 50%.

Altai State University is a member of influential international organizations such as Shanghai Cooperation Organization University, Eurasian Universities Association, Asian Universities Association, Association of the Universities of Far East and Siberia of the Russian Federation and North-Eastern Regions of China, International Association for Continuing Education, Asia-Pacific Quality Network.

The University’s high status is being constantly verified by Russian and international rankings:

  • 141-150 place in Top BRICS Universities Ranking by QS;
  • 81-90 place in Universities of CIS, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia Ranking by INTERFAX Information Agency;
  • 104-153 place in CIS Universities Ranking by Expert RA Agency;
  • 66 place of 1484 Russian Educational and Scientific Institutions by Webometrics;
  • 9 place in Ranking Web of Repositories Webometrics among Russian electronic libraries;
  • 31 place in 4icu.org Ranking of 386 Russian Universities;
  • 4 place in GreenMetric Ranking of Russian Higher Education Organizations.

ASU is located in Barnaul, the capital of Altai Krai. Altai Krai is a Russian federal subject situated in the South-East of Western Siberia at 3000 km from Moscow. The region possesses extensive land, water and forest resources, huge reserves of minerals, enormous recreational potential – more than 30 reservations and nature sanctuaries provide the unique flora and fauna preservation. The most important economic sectors are trade, agriculture, food industry, pharmaceuticals, and mechanical engineering. The region is particularly proud of its high ecological rating, which predetermines rapid tourism development.

The unique geographical position of Altai Krai, located in the center of Asia near such countries as Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Armenia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, predestinates the University’s mission – to appear as an international research and educational center that integrates, develops and spreads the modern Western, Russian and Asian knowledge in education, science and culture within the Asian region. ASU is a participant and organizer of a number of landmark events: I Asian Students Forum “Education without borders. Altai-Asia – 2012”, II Asian Students Forum “Kyrgyzstan-Asia – 2015”, International Biotechnological Symposium “Bio-Asia, Altai – 2015”, Central Asian Youth Leadership Summit, International School for Young Asian Scientists, etc.  Active collaboration between ASU and colleagues from foreign countries encourages the strengthening of international relations and culture, productive scientific activities, integration into education space of Asian region.

Print version Modified 14.03.2016