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The first university in Russia attracts partners from China

Education collaboration between Russia and China dates back to XVII century, when the countries established direct contacts between each other. It was a time when Beijing opened the Russian language school at Hanlin Academy in Beijing and St Petersburg started to teach Chinese. St Petersburg University was the first university in Russia that established scholarly traditions in Chinese studies. SPbU and China have so far continued to reach new heights in research, education and social sphere. Today, St Petersburg University has over 20 partners in China. Two countries seek to enable collaborations in research, to implement joint projects in education and research, to support education exchanges for students and academic staff, to hold conferences, seminars, round-table discussions, summers schools, and to publish monographs and Russian and Chinese translations.


The 7th international conference "Issues of Far Eastern Literatures"

St.Petersburg University held the 7th international conference "Issues of Far Eastern Literatures", dedicated to the 120th anniversary of outstanding Chinese man of letters Mao Dun (1896-1981). The academic forum was attended by more than 100 scholars from 10 countries.


SPbU makes the top three in the QS Rankings

St. Petersburg State University has taken the third place in the QS University Rankings: Emerging Europe and Central Asia (EECA) made by the British company Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) and published on 14 June 2016. The position in the rankings is determined by the academic reputation of the university, its employer reputation, number of papers per faculty in the last 5 years calculated using the data from Elsevier’s Scopus as well as the Web Impact Factor based on the Webometrics ranking. Among the Russian universities that have made it into the QS rankings, SPbU ranks second for academic reputation and the Web Impact Factor.


6 reasons to study at the St. Petersburg University

If you want to combine Russian language studies with an immersion into the country's history and culture, few places can match the St. Petersburg University.


SPbU made its debut in BRICS Network University

Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation has approved a list of 12 leading institutions of higher education to enter BRICS Network University from Russia – SPbU among them.


Orhan Pamuk Becomes SPbU Honorary Doctor

At the meeting of SPbU Academic Council held on September 28, Orhan Pamuk, a prominent contemporary Turkish writer and Nobel laureate (Literature, 2006), was awarded SPbU honorary doctorate for his contribution to the promotion of Russian-Turkish cultural ties.


SPbU and Renmin University of China Establish Russian Research Center in Beijing

On September 2, a ceremony to open Russian Research Center, set up as part of Renmin University of China (PUC) by PUC and SPbU, took place in Beijing. The ceremony was attended by Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Olga Golodets, Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China Liu Yandong and SPbU Rector Prof. Nikolay Kropachev.


The First Monument to Lev Gumilyov in St. Petersburg Is Opened at SPbU

A monument to the prominent historian, ethnologist, archeologist, Orientalist, writer and translator was opened at SPbU on October 1, the day of Lev Gumilyov’s birth, thus becoming the first monument to Lev Gumilyov in St. Petersburg.


The Board of the European Association for Chinese Studies approved the preparation of the 2016 EACS Conference

August 27-29, 2015 the board of the European Association for Chinese Studies held a meeting at Saint Petersburg State University. The choice of venue is explained by the forthcoming 21 EACS Conference to be held in 2016 in Saint Petersburg by SPbU, RAS Institute of Oriental Manuscripts and the Hermitage.


Chinese contemporary art for Saint Petersburg citizens

ETAGI Loft Project opened exhibition “Chinese Contemporary Art. Liberation of Present from Past.” It is the first time such a large-scale exhibition is organized in Russia. It became part of a joint educational-art project between SPbU and Peking University supported by the Headquarters of Confucius Institutes. Thirty-seven artists from Bejing, Taipei, Tianjin, Guangzhou, Changsha and Shenyang showed their works to Saint Petersburg art lovers. Visitors can see Chinese contemporary art objects made in ink, pen and acrylic paint, as well as contemporary sculpture, video art, collage and performance in one of the ETAGI exhibition areas.


SPbU students’ contribution to strengthening business cooperation between Russia and Lebanon

September 4-10, 2015 SPbU students actively participated in the organization and running of a business forum for Lebanon businessmen in Saint Petersburg and other cities. The help of volunteers was highly estimated by the Russian-Arab Business Council and the Lebanese business elite representatives.


SPbU teachers took part in the international Chinese literature translation seminar

August 25-29, 2015 translators A. Nikitina and T. Kornilieva, assistants at the SPbU Department of Chinese philology, got the invitation from the Chinese Writers Association and took part in the Chinese literature translation and publishing workshop held in Beijing.


A New Educational Islamic Studies Program Is Launched

In summer, a literally historical event happened at SPbU: it started to admit candidates to a new bachelor’s degree program, “Islamic Studies”. On August 31, a meeting between professors and first-year students was organized at the Faculty of Asian and African Studies.


Prof. Lyubov Zenina Celebrates Her Birth Anniversary

On August 23, 2015, Prof. LYUBOV ZENINA, Department of Japanology, celebrated her 95th birth anniversary. We extend our congratulations to her!


SPbU held international scientific conference “Ho Chi Minh Spiritual Heritage and the Present”

St. Petersburg State University held an international scientific conference dedicated to the 125th anniversary of the birth of Ho Chi Minh, during which the impact of the spiritual legacy of the prominent Vietnamese politician and statesman on the present was discussed.


Third place at the Chinese Bridge National student contest

Denis Chetverikov, Oriental studies senior, ranked third at the 4th National student contest Chinese Bridge that took place May 30-31, 2015 in Irkutsk. We congratulate Denis and wish him further success.


Arabic language and culture festival

May 15, 2015, the Faculty of Oriental Studies held its annual festival of the Arabic language and culture. All departments of the Faculty were invited to the celebration promoted by the festive posters prepared by the sophomores.


Mongolian writers L. Dashnyam and D. Batbayar visit the Department of Mongolian and Tibetan Studies

L. Dashnyam and D. Batbayar, Mongolian writers, poets, playwrights and members of the Mongolian Union of Writers visited St. Petersburg May 12-14, 2015. May 13, D. Batbayar gave a lecture at the SPbU Department of Mongolian and Tibetan Studies titled “Peculiarities of modern nomad mentality” where he told about a unique livestock rearing method and its link with music. L. Dashnyam delivered lecture “Modern socio-political state of Mongolia” focusing attention on educational and cultural problems. The guests prepared a gift for the Department, their co-authored 6-volume anthology of Mongolian stories and tales. Prof. Uspensky, head of the Department of Mongolian and Tibetan Studies, has in turn presented the guests multi-authored monograph “Modernism in Asian and African Literature” and other recent SPbU publications. Then followed a tea party and a discussion in Mongolian between the guests and the professors, students and graduates of the Department.


The Eleventh All-Russian Olympiad on Turkish held at the Faculty of Asian and African Studies of SPbU

April 25-26, 2015 the Eleventh All-Russian Olympiad on Turkish has been held at Saint Petersburg State University. It has been organised with the help of Moscow State University and the Russian-Turkish cultural center in Saint Petersburg. More than 500 students from eleven cities of Russia, including Moscow, Kazan, Ekaterinburg, Astrakhan and Saratov, took part in the Olympiad.


Asia and Africa in the Changing World. On the Results of the XXVIII International Conference at the Faculty of Asian and African Studies on Source Studies and Historiography

April 22-24, 2015 the regular International Conference on Source Studies and Historiography of Asian and African countries took place at the Faculty of Asian and African studies of Saint Petersburg State University. This year its motto was “Asia and Africa in the Changing World”.


“Nephrite in a Dream and a Couple of Phoenixes”: Exhibition “Russia and Korea: A Century and a half of Friendship and Collaboration” opened at Saint Petersburg University

The exhibition “Russia and Korea: A Century and a Half of Friendship and Collaboration”, dedicated to 130th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations with the Republic of Korea opened at Saint Petersburg State University.


SPbU promotes partnership with the universities of Turkey

St. Petersburg State University hosted a delegation of Mehmet Kese, Deputy Chairman of the Prime Ministry Presidency for Turks Abroad and Relative Communities, to discuss perspectives on collaboration between the first University in Russia and universities in Turkey.


Educational programmes at SPbU in high demand by Japanese students

SPbU has hosted a student delegation from the University of Tsukuba, Japan, with a focus on the history of the first Russian university, application process for international students and key master educational programmes.


Saint Petersburg State University rated among the world's top 100 universities

Saint Petersburg State University has been rated for the first time among the world's top 100 universities in the World Reputation Rankings for 2015 published on 12 March by The Times Higher Education /THE/.


SPbU Academic Degree Is Conferred to Algerian Mathematician Hamza Benzerrouk

Algerian Hamza Benzerrouk has been officially conferred an SPbU Ph.D. diploma at St. Petersburg State University. The ceremony took place at the meeting of the University Academic Council.


SPbU has discussed cooperation with Republic of Rwanda

Dr Jeanne d'Arc Mujawamariya, Ambassador of Republic of Rwanda, made official visit to St. Petersburg University, with theme focused on mutual cooperation.


Harbin Institute of Technology suggests SPbU establishing joint Research Centre for Ecological Safety

The delegation from Harbin Institute of Technology (PRC) made a visit to St. Petersburg University. The delegation began with a tour of the Science Park of SPbU. The delegation pointed out that St. Petersburg University has unrivalled opportunities to study ecology owing to advanced resources centres. Harbin Institute of Technology put forward an initiative to establish a joint research centre for ecology and environmental conservation.


International Conference on Languages of Far East, Southeast Asia and West Africa LESEWA-11

In keeping with the tradition of the biennials convened in 1990 – 2012 in Moscow and St. Petersburg, the International Conference on Languages of Far East, Southeast Asia and West Africa LESEWA-11 will be held on September,30 – October, 2, 2014, at the Faculty of Asian and African Studies (St.Petersburg). the Conference will focus on the remarkable far-reaching parallelism in syntactic and semantic structures of the languages of the Far East, Southeast Asia and West Africa, which can be explained neither by genealogical affinity, nor by aerial factors. Both individual language investigations and typological studies are encouraged. General phonetic and general linguistics themes are especially welcome.


6th International Conference "Issues of Far Eastern Literatures"

Faculty of Asian and African Studies, St.Petersburg University and Society of Lao She Studies cordially welcome paper proposals for the 6th International Conference “Issues of Far Eastern Literatures”, dedicated to the 115th anniversary of Lao She (1899-1966). The conference will be held on June 25 – 29, 2014 in Saint Petersburg.


A scholarship in the name of Boris Piotrovsky established

A new scholarship in memory of Boris Piotrovsky has been established to stimulate and help SPbSU students (of all undergraduate/graduate degree programs) carrying out scientific research in the field of History, Archeology, Oriental studies.


A website of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research of Korea at the Faculty of Asian and African Studies has been launched

The site of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research of Korea at the Faculty of Asian and African Studies is currently working in test mode, but all sections and full functionality will be launched in the nearest future. The Institute for Interdisciplinary Research of Korea at the Faculty of Asian and African Studies aims to consolidate effort and bring in positive changes in Academic research and studying Korea at SPbSU, as well as to give opportunities to the students and teachers to get closer to Korea and feel the Spirit of Korean culture.


A Public Lecture by Indonesian Ambassador H.E. Djauhari Oratmangun

On March, 21, Indonesian Ambassador to the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus, H.E. Djauhari Oratmangun, visited the Faculty of Asian and African Studies (St.Petersburg) to deliver a Public Lecture on the Strategic Partnerships between Indonesia and Russia and Indonesia's Role in ASEAN.


Congratulations to Professor Tamara Nikitina on her 85th birthday

On March 11 we celebrate 85th birthday of the Department of the Chinese Philology Professor Tamara Nikitina. Congratulations!


Congratulations to Senior Lecturer Maria Petrova on her 50th birthday.

On March 09 we celebrate 50th birthday of the Department of Mongolian and Tibetan Studies Senior Lecturer Maria Petrova. Happy 50th, and best wishes for 50 more!


Congratulations to Professor Rudolf Yanson on his 75th birthday.

On March 06 we celebrate 75th birthday of the Head of the Department of the South-East and Korean Philology Professor Rudolf Yanson. Our congratulations!


Additional programs for oriental languages learning now are open

The Faculty of Asian and African Studies offers the Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Korean, Japanese, Thai, Tibetan language courses. The next session is about to start.


Congratulations to Senior Lecturer Valens Maniragena on his 50th birthday.

On February 08 we celebrate 50th birthday of the Department of African Studies Senior Lecturer Valens Maniragena. Happy 50th, and best wishes for 50 more!


International Exchange in academic year 2014/2015

The International Exchange Programs allow 2014/2015 SPbSU students to go on exchange and study at one of the many partner universities across the world with which SPbSU has signed a formal exchange agreement. SPbSU has exchange partnerships with academic institutions in Armenia, China, Korea, Japan, Thailand, USA and some European countries as well. Most of the application submission deadlines for partner universities in Japan, USA, China and Korea are 31 JAN 2014, for the others SPbSU Exchange Partners Deadlines for 2014 Student Exchange Program are 07 MARCH 2014.


A FAAS student is one of the winners of 2014 Persian language and literature Olympiad in Russia

The 10th Olympiad was held in Moscow on January,24th, 2014. This year the best students studying Persian language at different universities all over the country took part in various contests testing their knowledge, reading, grammar and writing skills in Persian.


Congratulations to Associate Professor Svetlana Tsvetkova on her 50th birthday.

On January 23 we celebrate 50th birthday of the Head of the Department of Indian Studies, Associate Professor Svetlana Tsvetkova. Congratulations!


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Events

EACS-2016 will be held in St.Petersburg

The 21st biennial conference of the European Association for Chinese Studies will be held in St. Petersburg on August 23-28, 2016. It is jointly organized by St. Petersburg State University, the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts RAS and the State Hermitage Museum.


The 7th conference "Issues of Far Eastern Literatures" will be held at St.Petersburg University

Scholars in the field of East Asian literatures are most welcome to participate in the 7th IFEL conference, to be held at St.Petersburg University on June 29-July 3, 2016.


The EACS Summer School

MA and PhD students are welcome to apply for participation in the EACS Summer School "Traditional China: A Closer Distant View", to be held at St.Petersburg University, The State Hermitage Museum and the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts on August 24-30, 2015. Deadline for application is April 10, 2014.


A lecture by one of the leading US political analysts Andrew Tabler on The Syrian Conflict and the Road Ahead

St.Petersburg State University is pleased to invite you to a lecture by one of the leading US political analysts Andrew Tabler on The Syrian Conflict and the Road Ahead. The event will be held on May 29, 2014 at 15.00. The venue address: Lecture room 415, School of Economics, 62 Chaykovskogo st., St.Petersburg


Ambassador of Rwanda to deliver public lecture to SPbSU students

Implementing the Policy of Internationalisation in Higher Education and Research on March 20, 2014, the Ambassador of the Republic of Rwanda in the Russian Federation Dr Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya will deliver a Public Lecture «On the Role of Rwandan Women in Rebuilding the Country after Genocide» at the SPbSU.


Master's Open Day

The Open Day for SPbSU Master's programmes is on Wednesday, April, 16, 2014. Our Master’s Open Day is intended for university students and graduates of other universities who are interested in a Master's degree course. Everyone is invited.


A Meeting with the Turkish Poet and Writer Ataol Behramoğlu

A meeting with the famous writer Ataol Behramoğlu (Turkey) will be held on April 3, 2014, at The Faculty of Asian and African Studies. Everyone is invited.


Master's Open Day

The Open Day for SPbSU Master's programmes are on Friday March, 14, 2014. Our Master’s Open Day is intended for university students and graduates of other universities who are interested in a Master's degree course in Economics, History or Political Science.


A meeting with the International Committee of the Red Cross

A meeting with the Red Cross representatives will be held on March,12. The Red Cross representatives will speak about employment opportunities being offered! For those graduating and seeking employment, this is a great way to get to know more about working as a field interpreter in Conflict Zones for the International Committee of the Red Cross. They will share about responsibilities, benefits, salary, and more!


The State Hermitage Museum welcomes SPbSU Students

The State Hermitage Museum invites SPbSU Students to the Reception to mark the 290th Anniversary of the St.Petersburg State University on February,14th.


15 February 2014 open day

SPbSU Open Day provides an opportunity for prospective undergraduate students, together with their families and friends, to find out about our high quality undergraduate degree courses and talk with staff and students.


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