Lobachevsky State University of Nizhniy Novgorod (UNN) consists of 5 institutes – Institute of International Relations and World History (IIRWH), Institute of Economics and Entrepreneurship (IEE), Institute of Biology and Biomedicine, Institute for Postgraduate and Doctoral Studies and Institute of Military Training – as well as 14 faculties – those of Chemistry, Radio physics, Physics, Mechanics and Mathematics, Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics, Philology, Law, Social Sciences, Physical Education and Sports, Preparatory Faculty, Faculty for Regional Personnel Training, Minor Academy of Public Administration and Advanced School of General and Applied Physics.

UNN has a close collaboration with the Nizhniy Novgorod Scientific Centre of Russian Academy of Sciences (NNSC RAS). State University is a member of the European University Association (EUA).

More than 1,000 UNN students and staff were trained in the best European universities during the implementation of 21 Tempus projects.

State University of Nizhniy Novgorod is carrying out 7 innovative scientific projects supported by the Government of the Russian Federation to establish a world class research laboratories, develop promising scientific fields, involve students in scientific research and encourage them to develop projects from an idea to a business.

In 2014 UNN installed a powerful supercomputer named Lobachevsky at the Research Institute for Applied Mathematics and Cybernatics. The peak performance of Lobachevsky is 570 Tflops: this makes it the third most powerful supercomputer in Russia and one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world.

Lobachevsky State University of Nizhniy Novgorod includes Fundamental Library (its collections number 2,200,000 volumes), Innovation Technology Centre, University Press and printing house and 5 museums: Zoological Museum (included in the top 5 university zoological museums in Russia), Archaeological Museum, Ethnographic Museum, UNN History Museum with an Art Gallery, and Nizhniy Novgorod Radio Laboratory Museum.

UNN created a network of universities to develop the cooperation between the European Union and the Volga Federal District of Russia in a wide range of fields. 100 universities of the Volga Federal District of Russia engage in collaboration in the field of Information and Communication Technologies. 11 universities have joined the development of common educational environment. 10 universities are involved in cooperation with the EU to provide infrastructural support for innovation.

Lobachevsky State University of Nizhniy Novgorod has forged successful partnerships with 95 universities and educational centres worldwide since 1991, when the closed city was opened up. International cooperation has resulted in the unique programmes – Russian-French University and Russian-Italian University. The latter programme was twice included in Russia-Italy Joint Action Plan. Students graduate with diplomas from two educational institutions in two countries.

Prof. Roman G. Strongin is the President of UNN and Head of Software Department. Doctor of Sciences in Physics & Mathematics, Roman G. Strongin is an Honored Scientist of the Russian Federation and holder of awards from the President of Russian Federation and government of Nizhniy Novgorod.

Prof. Roman G. Strongin is the head of the Rector Council of Higher Education Institutions of the Volga Federal District and that of Nizhniy Novgorod region. He is Doctor of Sciences Honoris Causa at London Metropolitan University.
Prof. Evgeny V. Chuprunov, Doctor of Sciences in Physics & Mathematics, is the current Rector of Lobachevsky State University of Nizhniy Novgorod.
The big advantage of Lobachevsky State University of Nizhniy Novgorod is that it has its own infrastructure. Most faculties, administrative buildings, research institutes, sports facilities, dormitories and the main building of UNN Fundamental Library are situated on campus. UNN campus is located in the upper part of the city, on 23 Gagarin Avenue.

Academic Units

Institute of Biology and Biomedicine

The Institute of Biology & Biomedicine (IBBM) was established in December 2014 by incorporating the UNN Faculty of Biology, Institute of Living Systems, Botanical Garden & Institute of Molecular Biology & Ecology. The purpose of such integration was to enhance the quality of biology education in accordance with the modern requirements as the demand for graduates in this field is growing in the Russian and international labor market. IBBM actively introduces modern methods of teaching, invites visiting professors from world top universities giving their lecture courses to the Institute’s students. Leading scientists are invited by IBBM for biomedical research & increase both in the level of scientific research and in the publication activity in leading international journals. IBBM has six research centers, where research projects are organised in cooperation with the Institute’s academic departments. This system assures rapid integration of students into the scientific environment and gives them access to knowledge at the forefront of research. Students have the opportunity to undergo practical training at IBBM research centers and in the laboratories of our partners. Another specific activity area for IBBM is the development & commercialization of biotechnologies, in particular biomedical technologies and neurotechnologies. To this end, IBBM develops cooperation with commercial enterprises and organises its own small innovative companies. Taking into account current global trends, one can confidently assert that the business in the sphere of biotechnologies may become driver of the economy of the future.

Institute of Information Technology, Mathematics and Mechanics

Lobachevsky University’s new Institute of Information Technologies, Mathematics & Mechanics (IITMM) is the first academic & research unit of this type in Russia. IITMM was founded in 2015 by incorporation of 3 UNN units and inherited academic traditions of the eldest Soviet Faculty of Computational Mathematics & Cybernetics in mathematical modeling, computer technology and mechanics. Microsoft recognized IITMM among the top 10 world schools in the sphere of parallel programming & high performance computing, Intel awarded with Honorary Diploma for outstanding contribution into the training of high qualified IT-personnel, achievements in robotics, computer networks, computer vision & graphics. The IITMM competitive advantages are an effective use of supercomputer “Lobachevsky” (ranks 24th among world university supercomputers) and joint training projects with top IT-companies: ITLab with leading NVIDIA, IBM, Mera, Teleca, etc. NVIDIA Technology Research Center is another example of the UNN successful cooperation as well as joint educational programmes: Microsoft IT Academy and Cisco Networking Academy. IITMM also elaborates national curricula standards to ensure qualified training of programmers. The major “Fundamental Informatics & IT”, which national standard curriculum has been drafted by UNN jointly with MSU and SPbSU, obtained the professional accreditation from the European Network of Engineering Education; and the IITMM teaching materials on parallel programming were awarded with “Curriculum Best Practices Award” held by the Informatics Europe Association. IITMM students and faculty participate in international mobility programmes with partner universities in the USA, Italy, Germany, UK, and Switzerland. IITMM achievements are presented at sci-forums and exhibitions such as CeBIT (Hannover, Germany), SoftTool (Moscow), Supercomputing (Seattle, USA) and others.

Institute of International Relations and World History

The Institute of International Relations & World History (IIRWH) forges former Faculty of History and of International Relations since 2013. It contributes to elite-building process by training the prospective intellectual, political & business elite, oriented to form & protect the national interests of the fatherland. Today the Institute is targeted to the following areas: foreign politics, diplomacy & international relations; comprehensive regional political studies in the Middle East, North America & Europe; historical & archaeological research; theoretical & applied politology; PR; cultural diplomacy & linguistics; international tourism. Within their studies, IIRWH Students master professional internships in Russian government bodies, transnational corporations & NGOs. The Institute generates bilingual (or polyglot) specialists able to maneuver wthin the framework of multipolar international relations & processes, analyze their evolution and potential consequences, acquire fundamental diplomatic skills necessary for executive decision-making. The leading Russian and foreign diplomates attend IIRWH as lecturers to share their experience. Main tasks of IIRWH are to assert & support the role of Russia as a specific player in world politics.

Institute of Economics and Entrepreneurship

The Institute of Economics & Entrepreneurship (IEP) aims to provide a qualitatively new level of education and research in economics, finance and management at Lobachevsky University. IEP was created in 2014 by the merger of three different economic faculties to optimize the University’s organizational structure and to concentrate efforts in research & education within the framework of UNN international competitiveness programme. IEP is the largest unit of the University by the number of students and scholars. It offers more than 20 specialities at any level of study (vocational training, Bachelor, Specialist, Master, MBA, Ph.D. & postdoctorate levels). To ensure the high quality of training & competitive curricula, up-to-date educational technologies are used such as modern project-oriented methods, e-learning courses, various forms of distance education, refresher courses, workshops and seminars with representatives of employers. The Institute pays much attention to its image, of which an important component is the level of its alumni proficiency and their employability. IEP academic staff is actively involved into research, conference activities, publications in in leading scientific journals. IEP has created an international laboratory “Interdisciplinary research of innovative projects”, headed by Professor Allard van Riel, a well-known economist from Radboud University (the Netherlands). IEP also incorporates the Center for macro- & microeconomics, the Center for banking, whose research director is V.V.Evstigneev, Deputy Manager of the Regional Branch of JSC “Sberbank”, and the Center for innovative educational technologies (“Tuning Center”), created within the framework of Tempus program. The Institute possesses a student business-incubator that provides opportunities for entrepreneurial education and for developing students’ entrepreneurial initiatives & start-ups. IEP alumni hold senior positions in Russian and foreign companies – such as “Evraz Group S.A.” (Luxembourg), “Studio Pozolli” (Italy), “Novo Nordik” (Switzerland), “LUKOIL”, “GAZ”, “Russian Railways”, “Sberbank”, “Rostelecom”, “Megafon”, etc. The Institute maintain partnerships with universities in Italy, France, Czech Republic, Denmark, the Netherlands, and USA. IEP encourages the international mobility of students and faculty by its participation in such programmes as “Tempus”, “Erasmus”, “Eureca”.

Faculty of Radiophysics

The Faculty of Radiophysics (FRPh), founded in 1945, become the first in the USSR. 5 members of the Russian Academy of Science, 7 RAS corresponding members, directors of research centers, top-managers, bankers, politicians and senior military form the FRPh Alumni corps. More than 800 degree students and 160 high qualified professors forms 14 nationally recognised scientific schools in such spheres as wireless digital devices, physics of nanostructures, neurobiology, telecommunications & information systems security. The former graduates realise successful start-ups – such as the road traffic monitoring system “Doroga TV”(created in 2006, now has more than 100 thousand users in 35 Russian cities); monitoring system of oil and gas wells (launched in 2008, currently serves dozens of wells in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous area); forest fire prevention system (since 2008, several pilot projects were implemented in the Nizhny Novgorod region and the Komi Republic); mobile information system “LIST” for public buildings (running in test operation at UNN in 2010). Their scientific achievement are oriented to support the real sector of economy (hi-tech companies like “Salut”, “Qazar”, “Polet”, “Quartz”, local branches of “Intel”, “LG”, “Motorola”, “National Instruments”) and encouraged by special President`s and Government`s Scholarships as well as state awards. FRPh is closely affiliated with RAS research institutes and partners from Japan, UK, Germany, USA, Netherlands, Sweden, Italy and Spain.

Faculty of Social Sciences

The Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS) forges professionals in such majors as “Sociology”, “Social Work”, “Philosophy” & “Psychology” for 20 years. It has unique UNN laboratories (e.g. labs for sociological studies, psychophysiology, general psychological practicum, multimedia language laboratory). FSS alumni are employed wherever the mastery to work with people is needed – in social institutions & business, in psychological counseling systems, social and psychological assistance centers, social work services, etc. The Faculty coordinates ERSMUS mobility at UNN and is engaged by the authorities to probe socio-economic, political challenges, psychological problems and processes passing in the Volga Federal district. Currently FSS is a large family which consists of 20 Professors, 35 Ph.D. staff, more than 800 degree students.

Faculty of Physics

The Faculty of Physics is oriented on research & education in such spheres as solid state physics, nanotechnology, semiconductor devices, micro- and nanoelectronics, crystal physics, material science and possesses state-of-the-art facilities and equipment (electron, scanning tunneling and atomic-force microscopes, vacuum systems, ion accelerators, X-ray units, optical spectroscopy equipment, etc.). More than 20 professors and 70 Ph.D. as well as top professionals from outer academic and industrial organisations edify highly skilled specialists, including third cycle degrees (Ph.D.) and postdoctorate. The Faculty of Physics implements international research projects to prepare specialists with a diverse skillset, well-versed in mathematics, physics and IT, ready to solve complex problems in different fields of science, technology, management, business, etc. Students are taught on the concept of their direct involvement in research work. The main fields of research & majors are the following: physics of condensed matter and low-dimensional structures; crystal physics and X-ray structure analysis; physics of metals, alloys and ceramics; nanotechnology, micro- and nanoelectronics; physics of semiconductors and dielectrics. The majority of the Faculty’s alumni are successful and prosperous. They become prominent scholars and scientists, heads of research institutes, members of the national Academy of Sciences, winners of state prizes, awards bearers, and CEOs.

Faculty of Physical Education and Sports

The Faculty of Physical Education & Sports (FKS) was founded 15 years ago to prepare sport managers, fitness instructors, trainers and directors of sport complexes. For now, it includes more than 700 degree students, 33 Professors, 36 Ph.D. scholars, 3 International Sport Masters, 12 Sport Masters, reputable trainers and even 2 Olympic Champions. Within its Bachelor & Master curricula, FKS offers a wide range of sport activities – from carting to ice hockey and parachutism, from cheerleading to badminton and mini-football, as well as ambitious educational projects is mass sport, sport of high achievements, business projects in sports, elaboration of e-learning system and adaptive physical training for handicapped people. FKS students win international competitions and sport tournament as well as take part in standard mobility programmes realized with partner universities from Italy, Latvia, Bulgaria, Denmark, France.

Institute of Philology and Journalism

The Faculty of Philology embodies classical traditions, unparalleled atmosphere of creativity & collaboration, great opportunities for research, innovative approach, perspectives for growth and development, an amazing starting point for your career and a path to success! It offers an opportunity to acquire a classical liberal arts education that allows to pursue career in teaching, research, media, art, journalism, business, intercultural communication & lingustics, advertising, publishing & editing, etc. The Faculty of Philology offers 4 majors (Bachelor, Master and Ph.D.) in “Philology” (including “Romance Philology”), “Journalism”, “Advertising & PR” and “Publishing”. Apart from traditional English, German and French, students can learn Czech, Polish, Serbian, Italian, Spanish, or even Chinese, as well as classical languages: Latin, Ancient Greek, Old Slavonic. Students can get additional qualifications such as – “Teacher of the Czech Language”, “Teacher of Russian as a Foreign Language”, “Forensic Linguistics”, “Philological Support of Art Studies”, “Philological Support of PR (in international context)”, “Literary Criticism and Editing”, “Literary Local Studies”, “Popular Science Journalism”. Students participate in internships at and outer institutes: local media outlets, major publishers, print shops, NGOs, press-services, city and regional administration. Since 1991 the Faculty has trained worldwide students. Today it hosts a number of international students & academics coming from partner universities in Czech Republic, Great Britain, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Italy, China, Poland, Estonia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Norway, the USA, Turkey, Finland, France, Switzerland, Sweden and South Korea.

The Faculty of Chemistry begins its history in 1916, when Lobachevsky University was created. It includes 8 specialized departments (macromolecular and colloid chemistry, photochemistry and spectroscopy, solid state chemistry, oil chemistry & petrochemical synthesis, etc.), 2 members of Russian Academy of Science, 2 RAS corresponding members, 33 professors, 36 Ph.D. staff & 600 students. Bachelor, Specialist, Master & Ph.D. programmes cover such rare areas as chemistry of high-purity substances, chemistry of organoelement compounds, macromolecular chemistry, radiochemistry, chemical thermodynamics, chemistry of coordination compounds, chemical technology. The Faculty graduates are employable into research institutes, petrochemical plants, forensic services, customs, ecology supervising agencies, criminalistics labs, pharmacies, food companies, etc.

Faculty of Law

The Law Faculty of Lobachevsky University is one of the leaders in Russian legal education, and is training highly qualified specialists in the field of jurisprudence, forensics, and document management.
The faculty is actively developing educational training programs, applying the latest educational technologies and practices in the educational process. Law enforcement agencies, justice institutions, forensic laboratories and other specialized institutions participate in the implementation of the educational and scientific process at the faculty, leading specialists and experts are involved, much attention is paid to the practical component of the learning process.
The faculty develops international relations, for many years successfully implements the program “Russian-French University” and other programs of international academic cooperation together with leading universities in Europe.
Graduates of the faculty are highly competitive in the labor market, have the optimal combination of fundamental knowledge, practical skills, and are well prepared for performing professional tasks.

Institute of Doctoral Studies
Advanced School of General and Applied Physics
Faculty for Professional Development
Institute of Open Education
Minor Academy of Public Administration
Institute of Military Education

International collaboration and partnerships

UNN has been involved in many valuable international projects with more than 100 partners from all over the world:

  • Tempus-Tacis joint European projects supported by the European Commission
  • ERANET-MUNDUS: Euro-Russian Academic Network-Mundus “Partnership with Higher Education Institutions of Third Countries and Mobility Scholarships,” “International Masters in Russian, Central and Eastern Europe Studies”
  • EURECA program – enhancement of the research and entrepreneurial capacity of Russian universities (partners: University of Maryland, USA; Purdue University, USA)
  • “Capacity Building Partnership to Improve Tourism Education, Research, and Industry Outreach” project (University of Florida, USA)
  • Erasmus Mundus Action 2 – Aurora: Towards Modern and Innovative Higher Education
  • ERASMUS+ KA1 programmes with the University of Poitiers (France), Grenoble Alpes University (France), University of Calabria (Italy), Volda University College (Norway), Radboud University (The Netherlands), University of Glasgow (UK) and Nottingham Trent University (UK).


There are three corridor-type dormitories where international students live. Dormitories are located on the territory of the University campus not far from the historic center of the city within walking distance from all University faculties/institutes. There are 2-3 people per room. Toilet facilities and washrooms are located on each floor; shower rooms are located on the ground (or basement) floor. Kitchens equipped with electrical stoves are located on each floor of the dormitory.

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