The project – Tomsk Uni – involves creating the post of permanent TSU representative in Western Europe, and launching English-language TSU accounts in social networks, such as Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Google+.
The University also now has an English-speaking PR team, which is ready to quickly respond to requests from mass media, find a specialist or with material for publication.
TSU is located in the center of Eurasia. A modern classical university with a history stretching back centuries, it has 25,000 students, 23 departments, and several R&D centres.
TSU offers students and researchers over 200 areas of specialization and study ranging from opera through robotics to meteorology and space technology. In 2014, TSU was included in the QS Top 100 universities among the BRICS countries.
TSU hopes that the Tomsk Uni project will help establish solid connections with the global scientific community, and attract foreign researchers, teachers and students.
TSU offers total research freedom to foreign scientists, which is rare in science and research.
“TSU is a demanding university. We are focused on high academic results. However, in order to demand such results we need to provide leading foreign researchers with total freedom in their work in Tomsk,” says Eduard Galazhinsky, the Rector of TSU.
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FOR THE EDITOR
Tomsk State University (TSU) was founded in 1878. It is located in Tomsk, a unique Russian city with a half-million population, whose life is built around seven major universities, hundreds of innovative enterprises, and a variety of technology parks. TSU is the center of this city – Siberia’s research capital.
As a universal institution of higher education, TSU offers students and researchers over 200 areas of specialization and study ranging from opera through robotics to meteorology and space technology. At TSU, traditionally strong schools such as the schools of law, linguistics and management (including MBA) are combined with TSU’s areas of particular research excellence including research into new materials, e. g. for medicine and space technology, twin studies, multi-dimentional swamp studies (TSU is situated on the edge of the Vasyugan Swamp, the world’s biggest swamp), and botanical studies (TSU’s botanic garden is one of the biggest and oldest botanic gardens in Russia).
The TSU campus is home to over 20,000 students including 1,000 students from other countries. TSU attracts many students from Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Mongolia and China. However, if you go the university’s 100-year-old library, you will also see students from Western Europe, e. g. Germany and the UK, searching information for their Master’s program in the library’s collection, which includes about 4 million catalogued items.
TSU is a typical European university, and like other universities, it builds connections with universities in Germany, the UK, Holland, Sweden, France and China. Nevertheless, Tomsk State University, or simply Tomsk Uni, is almost unknown to Europe outside the walls of research centers. However, this is not forever. Like other Russian universities, TSU welcomes Western researchers and students, giving them carte blanche to conduct virtually any research. The absence of strict constraints and the wide array of research areas make TSU a place of research freedom. TSU believes that after six years one in ten researchers at TSU will be foreigners.