Operating under the university, the Oxide Electronics research centre is a global leader in the field of development and creation of non-silicon micro- and nanoelectronic components and devices.
Petrozavodsk State University is a leader in training programmers. The technology for defining location of objects for enclosed rooms Real Trac developed at the university won first prize in an international competition of local positioning systems EvAAL-2013 (Spain).
The only university in Russia providing education in the Karelian, Vepsian and Finnish languages simultaneously.
Scientists of PetrSU discovered the minor planet Petrsu. PetrSU professor Alexander Megan is involved in the unique international experiment Mars-500.