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Description of VSU

Voronezh State University (VSU) is one of the largest and oldest scientific and educational centres of Russia. It was founded in 1918 and has recently celebrated its 95th anniversary.

About 21,000 students are taught by 1,700 academic staff.

VSU offers academic programmes at all levels including Bachelor, Master, Graduate and Post-graduate courses, Post-doctoral studies, as well as continued learning. In total, VSU offers 228 specialized study programmes, including 138 Master Degree programmes. Post-graduate vocational education is delivered by 114 vocational programmes. (See the VSU structure)

The VSU is the home to globally recognized academic and research centres in the fields of material engineering, nanotechnologies, biochemistry and molecular biology, geology, chemistry, radio electronics, and energy production. 4400 publications, written by VSU scholars, were listed by the ISI Web of Science database. The VSU’s Hirsch index is 30.

Research is carried out within 28 major thematic priorities in the fields of nanosystems, nanotechnologies and nanomaterials, as well as biomedical science; IT technologies and telecommunication; energy efficiency; radio-electronic technology for the aerospace industry; nuclear energy and technology; and social sciences.

Long-term scientific and educational international cooperation is based upon direct agreements with 120 universities and research institutes of various countries, including USA, Germany, UK, France, China, Spain, Ukraine, Estonia and many others. VSU actively cooperates with international organizations, funds and programmes, including UNESCO, the European Council, the Directorate General for Science of the European Commission, EU programmes (FP6/7, Erasmus Mundus, TEMPUS), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German Research Community (DFG) , IREX, and the International Science Foundation. VSU is involved in many international educational and scientific projects and programs. VSU has experience in preparation and implementation of double-degree programmes. Currently, the university is running 6 Master’s programmes in cooperation with universities in the United States, Germany, France, Spain and Italy in the fields of tourism, economics, international political studies, and linguistics.

VSU is the fourth largest university in Russia by the number of foreign students enrolled and the number of international contacts with leading university centres abroad. Foreign citizens have been studying at VSU for over 50 years. During that period approximately 15,000 foreign students, researchers and trainees from 126 countries have taken various study courses at the VSU. Currently, about 1,000 foreign nationals study here. The University pays attention to maintaining professional and scientific relations with its foreign graduates, many of whom became prominent scientists, businesspersons, educators, government officials, journalists, engineers, etc. For that purpose meetings with VSU’s foreign graduates are held both in Voronezh and abroad.

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Participation in EU S&T, Higher education and mobility projects


  1. JEP 10094-95 “University Management and international activities management on the level of department institution, and region” (1994–1995)
  2. T017B05-2005 “Europe – Russia Network for European Projects Experience Dissemination EURUSNET-2000” (2001–2002)
  3. T017B05-2005 “Lifelong learning support structures for SME Management” (2005–2006)
  4. JEP-27131-2006 “Advanced Master Degree Programme in Public Administration” (2006–2008)
  5. 159025 TEMPUS-FR-TEMPUS-JPCR «Reseau Europe-Russia-Asie Centrale de Masters «Informatique Seconde Competence» (2010–2013)
  6. 516857-TEMPUS-1-2011-1-SETEMPUS-JPCR “Internationalized Curricula Advancement at Russian Universities in the Southern region” (2011–2014)
  7. 530397-TEMPUS-1-2012-1-SK-TEMPUS-SMHES «Strengthening the Lifelong Learning in Environmental Sciences in Russia» (2012–2015)
  8. 530644-TEMPUS-1-2012-1-ES-TEMPUS-JPCR «HUMAN Security (environment, quality of food, public health and society) on Territories Contaminated by Radioactive Agents» (2012–2015)
  9. 544117-TEMPUS-1-2013-1-HR-TEMPUS-JPCR «InterEULawEast – European and International Law Master Programme Development in Eastern Europe» (2013–2016)
  10. 544028-TEMPUS-1-2013-1-FI-TEMPUS-JPHES « E3M – Evaluation of Quality of Cooperation in Education Ecosystem as a Mechanism for Building Professional Competencies» (2013–2016)
  11. 544161-TEMPUS-1-2013-1-UK-TEMPUS-JPCR «DeTEL – Developing the Teaching of European Languages: Modernising Language Teaching through the development of blended Masters Programmes» (2013–2016)


  1. INCO-SSA project RegionERA «Regional Network for Support of S&T Cooperation between European Union and Russian Regions» (2006–2008) – coordinator


  1. CSA-SA project E-URAL “European Union and Russia Link for S&T co-operation in the area of the Environment” (2009–2012)
  2. CP-SICA project SUST-RUS – Spatial-economic-ecological model for the assessment of sustainability policies of Russian Federation (2009–2011)
  3. FP7 INCO.2012-2.1 «BILAT-RUS Advanced – Advancement of the bilateral Partnership in scientific Research and Innovation with the Russian Federation» (2012–2015)
  4. «ECONANOSORB – Ecological Application of nanosorbents on the case of natural and synthetic ionites and carbons» (2012–2016)
  5. «EUinDepth» – European Identity, Cultural Diversity and Political Change (2014–2018)


  1. 545457 «UNIQUE – University Quality Exchange» (2013–2016)

Forms of prospective cooperation

VSU International Cooperation infrastructure

International cooperation is one of the most important fields and involves all spheres of VSU activity. To coordinate and develop this work at the university the International Cooperation Department has been established.

The main task of the International Cooperation Department is development of inter-university collaboration through innovative educational and research projects in the following forms:

Structural divisions of the International Cooperation Department


Contact person Natalia Zhurbina, Head of the Department for International Cooperation, Voronezh State University
E-mail: zhurbina@vsu.ru
Tel: +7 (473) 222-62-99
Address: room 40/1, Universitetskaya square, 1, 394006, Voronezh, Russia

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