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Stavropol State University is an up-to-date and dynamic establishment of higher education with great history and traditions, a leading scientific-educational center of the North Caucasus integrated organically into the social-economic development of the region providing stable reproduction of state-of-the-art specialists in a broad spectrum of specialties. Founded in 1930 as Stavropol Agricultural-Pedagogical Institute it was reformed into Stavropol State Pedagogical Institute in 1932 and in 1994 into Stavropol State Pedagogical University. Under the Regulation of the Government of the Russian Federation ¹ 189 of February 28, 1996 Stavropol State University as founded in Stavropol on the basis of the Stavropol State Pedagogical University and the Stavropol branch of Moscow Law Academy.
Being a segment of the integrated educational space of the country, SSU realizes the mission of cultural and spiritual consolidation of the poly-ethnic society, uniting it into a single civil nation. For 80 years the University has trained more than 60 thousand specialists nearly for all sectors of the economy, education, science, culture, executive and legislative authorities, law machinery called-for in the North- Caucasian region, different regions of Russia and abroad.
The Constitutor of SSU is the Russian Federation Government. The constitutor’s authority is carried out by the Federal Agency of Education. For the purpose of educational activity provision the University has the right of operative running real and other assets on its balance being in Federal ownership.
SSU is located in 6 buildings having the area of 45 thousand square meters; it has a scientific library, 3 well-appointed dormitories, which number 1800 places; 3 sports halls. A new building with the general capacity of 30, 5 thousand square meters is being constructed. The first stage development of 16, 2 square meters is under completion.
SSU is a member of the Association of Classical Universities. The level achieved by the University is proved by the annual increase of its rating indices among classical universities of Russia. In 2008 SSU ranked the 14th among 90 Russian classic universities.
The University realizes students’ training at 12 faculties (including the Faculty of Medicine, Biology and Chemistry, the Faculty of Physics and Mathematics , the Faculty of Philology and Journalism, the Faculty of Law, the faculty of Economy and other) in 51 specialties of higher professional education, in 15 BA and 18 MA courses, 8 additional qualifications, which cover the whole spectrum of the contemporary university education. At the present time 18 thousand students are trained in the University (including full-time, part-time and external modes of studies).
To satisfy the youth’s different educational demands more than 90 specializations are realized in the University; they are constantly updated in accordance with the labor marker requirements.
In the structure of the University there are 90 chairs, including 8 base chairs: 4 at SNC RAS, 2 at RAS Special Astrophysical Observatory, 1 at RAS Oil and Gas Institute, 1 at the North-Caucasian Scientific Center of RAS Institute of Regional Economy Problems, 3 branches (in Budionnovsk, Georgievsk, Svetlograd), 4 representative offices (in Kislovodsk, Elista, Cherkessk, Mineral Waters).
The educational process and scientific activity in SSU are provided by the staff of instructors and scientist, including 144 Doctors of Sciences, professors and 648 Candidates of Sciences, assistant professors. The number of degree holders counts 98, 9%.
The components of classical fundamental and è innovational-oriented education are combined organically in the SSU activity. The basic principles of the Bologna Process have been introduced in the University since 1993. Since 2005 European Diploma Supplements have been issued to SSU graduates.
The Russian Association of Direct and Venture Investment included SSU into the list of the 17 leading higher education establishments of Russia (along with SE-HSE, M.V. Lomonosov MSU, StPSU, Bauman MSTU and other), introducing the innovational course of teaching entrepreneurship “Direct Investments and Venture Capital”.
In 2008 ã. Took the initiative of carrying out the innovation project “The Development of Classical University Innovational Scientific-Educational Space as the Condition of Training a New Generation of Specialists Able to Realize the National Security Strategy and Positive Scenario of the North-Caucasian Macro-region Development”. More than 100 innovational training courses in all directions of the development of science, technologies and hardware determined by the RF President, such as security and terrorism counteraction, nano-technologies, info-communication technologies living system technologies etc., are realized in the frames of the project.
The University is notable for the high level of introducing information technologies into educational process and educational and scientific activity management. The contemporary information space of SSU numbers 1600 computers (1250 of them have Internet access), 11 offices of shared access, 33 servers, 60 computer classrooms, 69 multimedia lecture halls and 20 laboratories equipped with interactive boards. All the SSU buildings are connected by fiber-optic communication lines; in all recreation rooms Wi-Fi zones are deployed. With the organization, methodological and financial support of the Hewlett-Packard Company a training-scientific center ”Hewlett-Packard Technologies” has been established and fitted out with up-to-date high-technology equipment.
SSU is one of the leading Russian universities in the sphere of innovational technologies directed to education quality management. Elaborated by SSU scientists the “University” automated information system (AIS), consisting of 32 functional modules and 359 automation equipped working places and covering all kinds of the University activity, has been awarded with numerous premiums of All-Russia and international exhibitions, shows and competitions. The system of quality management in accordance with international standards ISO 9001:2000 in education (DQS, German Quality Management Certification Organ) is introduced in the University.
An important condition of the university successful development is the formation of competent, skillful personnel of instructors. An effective system of training highly qualified specialists is created in the University. 782 people are trained in 15 scientific fields at the SSU doctoral courses and in 67 scientific specialties at post-graduate courses, among whom 613 students of Post-graduate Courses, including 482 full-time students; 15 people are trained at Doctoral Courses. There are Doctoral and Candidate Dissertation boards working in the University. In at their sessions 13 doctoral and 163 candidate dissertations were defended.
The SSU educational system is open for up-to-date scientific research and the contemporary economy. Significant scientific potential, unique possibilities of interdisciplinary investigations enable SSU scientists to concentrate on the priority directions of science, technology, equipment development including the critical technologies of the Russian Federation at which the scientific groups of 13 scientific schools and 39 scientific directions are working.
The modern training-scientific and scientific-innovational infrastructure of the university is represented by 21 scientific educational centers, 31 problem scientific-research laboratories, 3 innovational-technological centers, 11 student scientific- innovational communities.
To provide state establishments, commercial organizations and natural persons with high-tech services the «High Technologies» Innovational-technological Center (Techno-park), integrating more than 20 services, is created in SSU.
The SSU instructors, post-graduates and students have opportunities to hold research in the sphere of new materials and nano-technologies at a qualitatively new level. For this purpose the «Nano-Technologies and Nano-Materials innovational-technological center equipped with up-to-date apparatus for the investigation of new materials and their physical-chemical properties has been organized for shared access.
The University carries out the research in the field of high-performance computations. Together with the Hewlett-Packard Company and «Sintera» Close Corporation in the frames of the «University Cluster» Project the HPC Laboratory has been founded in SSU. The Laboratory is networked to high-speed channels and the computing cluster of RAS Institute of System Programming, with the efficiency of 100 TFLOPS that allows SSU scientist to solve problems of any computational complexity.
A specific feature of scientific research held in SSU is its deep integration with research work being held in scientific establishments of the Russian Academy of sciences and first of all with the Southern Scientific Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The SNC RAS Department of the Caucasus Social-Political Problems, the «Social-Political Security of the Southern Macro-Region» scientific-educational center have been organized on the base of the University together with SNC RAS; their main objective is the improvement of fundamental and applied research of the social and political security of the North-Caucasian and Southern Federal districts.
Together with RAS Special Astrophysical Observatory (Nizhniy Arkhyz) the distant access laboratory “Stavropol Astrophysical Robotic Station (STARS) has been founded; it allows holding distant research in astronomy and astrophysics on the base of the University and with the use of high-performance optical instruments of RAS Special Astrophysical Observatory.
One of the most important components of the SSU scientific infrastructure characterizing the competitiveness and demand for its scientific-innovational elaborations are small-scale innovational enterprises. In accordance with Federal Act ¹ 217-ÔÇ three small-scale innovational enterprises have been founded in the University: «SSU-Infocom» Co Ltd, «SSU Center of Strategic Territorial Projecting » Co Ltd and «SSU Economic-Analytical Center» Co Ltd.
The University takes an active part in prestigious international innovational exhibitions, shows and forums such as International Exhibition-Congresses “High Techs. Innovations. Investments” (St. Petersburg); Moscow International Show of Innovations and Investments; All-Russia forums “Educational Medium” and “Education and Career of the 21st Century”; International Specialized Exhibitions “RosBioTech” and “The World of Biotechnology” and other. Only for the last 2 years the elaborations of the University have been awarded with golden and platinum marks, 26 golden, 5 silver and 2 bronze medals.
Stavropol State University is a leader in the spheres of studying the history and philosophy of science, introducing historical-philosophical knowledge to higher and post-graduate education. The Interagency Scientific -Educational Center of Science and Technology History founded together with RAS S.I. Vavilov Institute of Natural Science and Technology History is working on the basis of SSU. In 2005 the first in Russia Chair of Science History and Philosophy was founded in the University; it has become a scientific-methodological centre of science history and its philosophical understanding. In Â 2008 by the order of the Russian Agencies of Education and Science and Education Supervision the First All-Russia Internet-Olympiad of Post-Graduates in the subject “Science History and Philosophy” was held on the base of SSU.
Organic elements of the scientific-educational infrastructure and educational space are 9 University museums disposing of multimedia facilities, their own electronic resources include into the Integrated Museum Informational System with distant access to thematic expositions.
The rich historical past, the present wide research activity, the dynamic development and innovation allow SSU to be at the advanced position of the Russian science
SSU develops mutually beneficial international contacts with a number of American and European universities and scientific centers. Among the partners of the University are the US Agency of International Development, the US Civil Research and Development Fund (CRDF), McArthurs’ Fund, French Institute of Eastern Civilizations, St. the Universities of Poznan and Gdansk, Krakow Pedagogical Academy (Poland), Redding University (Great Britain), Vienna State University (Austria), George Eckert Institute (Germany), Open European Academy of Economy and Politics (Czechia), Tientsin University (China) etc. Trans-European educational projects are realized successfully together with the EC Department of Education and Science (Strasburg). In 2007-2009 post-graduates from Oxford University (Great Britain) and Cornell University (the USA) underwent training courses in the University. Students and instructors of the University are permanent participants of the programs realized by Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Aussenstelle (DAAD), Central European University, Erasmus Mundus. Last year more than 60 instructors took part in international scientific conferences, seminars and colloquiums. About 200 students took study courses in foreign educational institutions.
The SSU Scientific Library is one of the largest university libraries in Russia the most up-to-date, well-equipped and comfortable intellectual center. Its riches and variety can rank with well-known university book depositories of the country. The total library holding numbers over 1 200 000 volumes among which there is a rich collection of rarities and books published in the first half of the 17th - 20th centuries. The fund of the Library is annually renewed wit more than 30 000 books and periodicals. The information describing each source is operatively included into the electronic catalogue.
The up-to-date informational-librarian technologies widely used in Europe (Switzerland, Finland, Sweden etc.) are introduced in the Library. At present the Library is equipped with more than 220 work stations and high-tech servers. The information structure of the Library created by the Hewlett-Packard Company was acknowledged the best engineering solution of 2005 among world scientific libraries.
The structure of the SSU Scientific Library includes 12 reading halls, among which there are reading halls of electronic libraries; the Information-Library Center assigning more than 40 different services; the Business and Legal Information Centre; Media Collection, the funds of which store over 1000 electronic educational resources.
The Library information resources, concentrated on the basis of electronic reading halls, provide the access to the distant electronic resources of the largest world editions and the electronic dissertation library of the Russia State Library.
Wi-Fi zones and information stands placed in the recreation rooms of the Library make it possible to retrieve data search in the University and Library resources.
The SSU Scientific Library is a member of the Russian Library Association, “KORBIS” Corporate Library, Association of Regional Library Consortiums and a part of the University Information System of Russia.
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