National Research Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod (Lobachevsky University)

Faculty of Chemistry

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

Юридический факультет Университета Лобачевского входит в число лидеров российского юридического образования, ведёт подготовку высококвалифицированных специалистов в области юриспруденции, судебной экспертизы, документоведения.

Факультет активно развивает образовательные программы подготовки, применяя в учебном процессе новейшие образовательные технологии и практики. В реализации учебного и научного процесса на факультете участвуют правоохранительные ведомства, учреждения юстиции, лаборатории судмедэкспертизы и другие профильные учреждения, привлекаются ведущие специалисты и эксперты, большое внимание уделяется практической составляющей процесса обучения.

Факультет развивает международные связи, многие годы успешно реализует программу «Российско-Французский университет» и другие программы международного академического сотрудничества совместно с ведущими вузами Европы.

Выпускники факультета высококонкурентны на рынке труда, обладают оптимальным сочетанием фундаментальных знаний, практических умений и навыков, прекрасно подготовлены к выполнению профессиональных задач.

Faculty of Philology

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.


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.


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 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.


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 the 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 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".


Institute of Information Technologies, 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.


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