November 1st, 2013 Penza State University is celebrating its 70th anniversary. The history of the university goes back to July 1943, when an industrial institute was moved from Odessa, occupied by the Nazi army, to Penza. By the 1st of November that year, everything had been ready to accept the students. 600 students, among them 525 first-year students, started their studies here. First Director of the institute, Sergey Berezko, is credited with laying down the basis for the successful growth of the educational institution.

In the 1940s the city experienced a great need in professionals in industries, and the new educational institution was to satisfy that growing demand. Originally the university was called Penza Industrial Institute and comprised 3 faculties: Mechanics and Technology, Precision Mechanics and Thermal Engineering. Students could choose one of three courses of study: Machine Building Technologies, Machine Tools, Foundry Engineering.
Subsequently, the university was renamed Penza Polytechnical Institute (1958) and included 5 faculties as well as special faculties for part-time and distance learning.
The1990s were significant years for the development of the university. New educational courses (humanities and life sciences) were introduced, which led to the university acquiring the status of a classical university, and in January 1998 the university was given the name it bears now – Penza State University.

Finally, 2012 was a crucial year in university history. Penza State University merged with Penza Pedagogical University thus becoming the major university of the region.

Penza State Pedagogical University started it history back in the 1940s, it was first formed as a two-faculty institute for teacher training. Over the years it gradually opened more faculties and by the end of the 1970s it trained teachers of all subjects which were part of the national curriculum. The institute grew into the university, acquiring the name of a famous Russian critic and essayist V.G. Belinsky. In 2012 Penza Pedagogical University comprised 10 faculties: Physics and Maths, Life Sciences, Sociology and Social Work, Russian Language and Literature, Primary Education, History, Foreign Languages, Physical Education, Economics, Administration and Law. At present, as Pedagogical Institute, it forms a part of Penza State University.

The 2012 merge of the universities was mutually beneficial, as it allowed them to expand the scope of academic programmes, to increase the financing of academic fields and priority research, to open new professional training specialties and to enroll more students. 

Penza State University is a state-licensed higher education institute.

Penza State University is licensed and accredited by the Ministry of Education and Science to hold educational activities in the field of higher education (License Series 90Л01, Reg. # 0009234 from June 15, 2016; Сertificate of State Accreditation, Series 90A01, Reg. 0002970 from Mai 15, 2018).

LICENSE to hold educational activities

Faculties and Institutes

Polytechnic Institute

Faculty of Computer Engineering

Faculty of Computer Engineering was founded in 1976 after restructuring the faculty of Radioelectronics and Computer Engineering.

The first dean of the faculty was Doctor of Engineering Science, Professor Nikolay Vashkevich.

In 2005, the faculty of Computer Engineering was reorganized into the Institute of Information and Computer Engineering. In 2008 the Institute of Information and Computer Engineering was reorganized again into the Faculty of Computer Engineering. Since 2010 the faculty has been headed by Honorary Teacher of Higher Professional Education of Russia, Academician of International Academy of Education Informatization of Russia, Doctor of Engineering Sciences, Professor Lyudmila Fionova.

Faculty of Computer Engineering educates specialists in the field of computer equipment, its engineering, maintenance, software development and application of new information technologies in all spheres, including management. Currently, there are more than 1,100 students at the faculty. The faculty has five departments, which employ 115 teachers, 12% of them are Doctors of Sciences or Professors.

All university laboratories of the faculty are equipped with high-performance computers, up-to-date office appliances and other computer hardware. Furthermore, some laboratories, for example, at the Department of Computer Engineering, are equipped with special educational kits, measurement instruments and microsimulators of different types, which allow to organize a laboratory course for studying electronics, ECM circuit technique, microprocessor systems, ECM peripheral hardware and its connectivity systems with ECM.

At the Department of Computer Engineering, a laboratory-museum of Computer Equipment was organized. Elements, gadgets and ECM samples of different generations are represented there.

Faculty of Computer Engineering is notable for its competitive position and quality of educational and scientific process, which corresponds to the needs of educational programs customers in the field of informatics, computer engineering, intelligence systems, information technologies, document support of management, satisfying the requirements of Russian and international educational standards.

Faculty of Machine Building and Transport

Faculty of Instrument Engineering, Information Technologies and Electronics

The Faculty of instrument engineering, information technologies and systems was founded on the 1st of October 2014 as a result of the merger of the two faculties with long history – the faculty of instrument engineering and the faculty of automation and information technology, uniting the best traditions in education and social development of student youth.

At the present time the faculty embraces 10 departments training 1,650 students, instructing master degree students and preparing future scientists at postgraduate and doctorate courses.

Senior students have a great opportunity to gain valuable experience attending specific purpose-oriented bachelor or specialist training on the basis of the scientific educational center of “Rocket-space and aircraft instrument engineering” in the field of sensor engineering and others. Those students bent for research are included into active research groups at the departments with further attendance of the postgraduate course.

Education at the faculty opens great perspectives for employment at prestigious sectors of modern science-intensive and computerized economy and production. Faculty graduates are capable of working practically in all spheres of industry and the finance field.

Institute of Teacher Education

Faculty of History, Languages and Literature
Faculty of Pedagogy, Psychology and Social Sciences
Faculty of Physics, Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Medical Institute / Penza State Medical University
Faculty of General Medicine

Through the ages of human history doctors have always been considered one of the noblest and most important professions and it is impossible to underestimate the role of medical professionals in the modern world.
The faculty of General medicine offers training in a wide field of medical professions – therapy, cardiology, surgery, oncology, traumatology, gynecology, neurology, psychiatry, to name just a few.
It is a research-driven faculty with the dominant majority of the teaching staff are awarded with the degree of Candidates of Sciences (PhD) and a great number with the degree of Doctors of Sciences.
The course of study lasts 6 years. The students complete their one-year medical internship in one of the healthcare establishments. Only after that are they allowed to work in their chosen field of specialty. Upon graduation the students can choose to continue their medical training, doing a course in clinical residency (normally 2 years)
Currently there are 2798 students, both from Russia and abroad, studying at the faculty.

The course of studies lasts 6 years. After that the students continue their education in clinical internship for one more year and only then graduates get specialist certificates and are allowed to work within their specialty. The students can choose the following qualifications: therapeutist, cardiologist, surgeon, oncologist, phthisiosurgeon, traumatologist-orthopedist, dermatovenerologist, obstetrician-gynecologist, neuropathologist, psychiatrist, etc. After graduating from the Institute the students can choose to go on their education in a two-year clinical residency, and those who would like to dedicate themselves to research can take a post-graduate course.

The staff are highly qualified teachers, 22 of them are Doctors of Sciences, and 65 of them are Candidates of Sciences. Students have their practice in specially equipped classrooms located at the clinical sites of medical institutions of our city.

Science and research play a significant part in the life of the Institute. The students take an active part in research activities. Many research works of the students have been awarded by diplomas and prizes. Contests in different disciplines are held every year.

The mission of the faculty is to train outstanding professionals that will shape the future of healthcare.

The faculty takes its origin in 1999, headed since that time by an eminent doctor, professor Aleksandr Mitroshin. 

Faculty of Dentistry

Institute of Sport and Physical Training

Institute of Economics and Administration

Institute of Law



Penza State University offers comfortable on-campus accommodation in one of 7 modern residence halls.

There are shared bedrooms for 2-3 students with all basic necessities: comfortable furniture, bed linen, towels.

All the rooms meet health and safety criteria.


All the apartments are self-catering, the kitchens are equipped with cookers and microwave ovens. Cooking is fast and easy.

There are nice cafes and cafeteria on-campus and in the nearby area, they are priced moderately but those that are on-campus are the cheapest. Vegetarians and people with special dietary needs can find food to meet their requirements as well.


Cable TV and high-speed cable connection or Wi-Fi Internet are available. The buildings are within the 4G Internet coverage area.


If you are living on campus we guarantee your safety at any time of the day. There is video surveillance and security service in the residence halls.

Health & Wellness

The university hospital provides medical help, there are a few pharmacies in the vicinity.

There are excellent sport facilities on the campus and inside the residence halls. These include running tracks and sports playgrounds, swimming pool, and in-door gyms.

There are also special recreation and study rooms for common use.

Shopping & Entertainment

All residence halls have easy access to transport links. You can reach any part of the city by bus or mini-bus.

People in Penza prefer doing shopping in big stores and supermarkets, food shopping is good at the big market place in the city centre.


Penza is a city located on the Volga Uplands in the center of the European part of Russia, on the Sura River (a tributary of the Volga River), 642 km south-east of Moscow. It is an administrative, economic and cultural center of the Penza region.

Penza places of interest
Penza is a cozy city, which miraculously combines calm, unhurried province and an impressive number of interesting cultural objects. It is pleasant to walk through the old streets, looking at the sights of Penza.
Penza has a lot of interesting architectural monuments. One of the most beautiful buildings is the former Meat Arcade (Moskovskaya Street, 85), built in the late 19th century. Moskovskaya street without a doubt can be called the main street of Penza. It is a pedestrian street located in the historic center, one of the oldest streets in the city.

On Vokzalnaya Square there is an unusual art object – a tree made of old traffic lights. To see the entire city and the sights of Penza from above, you should go to Belinsky Park which has a Ferris wheel.

Penza museums
Penza State Museum of Local Lore (Krasnaya Street, 73),
Penza Folk Museum (Kuibysheva Street, 45),
Penza Regional Art Gallery named after K.A. Savitsky (Sovetskaya Street, 3),
The Museum of One Painting named after G.V. Myasnikov (Kirova Street, 11),
The Museum of V.O. Kluchevsky (Kluchevsky Street, 66),
The House-Museum of N.N. Burdenko (Lermontova Street, 28),
The Museum of I.N. Ulyanov (Krasnaya Street, 54),
The Museum of Postal Services (Teatralnyy Passage, 7),
The Museum of the City of Penza (Sovetskaya Square, 1),
Penza Railway Museum (Oktyabrskaya Street, 2).

Literary Museum (Kirova Street, 2).
Penza theaters
Penza Regional Drama Theater named after A.V. Lunacharsky (Moskovskaya Street, 89),
Penza Regional Puppet Theater “Kukolniy Dom” (Chkalova Street, 35),
Penza Theater for Young People (Tarkhanova Street, 10a),
The Center of Theatrical Art “The House of Meyerhold” (Volodarsky Street, 59),
Penza State Philharmonic (Kirova Street, 51 (the old building), Suvorova Street, 215 (the new building) etc.

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