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South Ural State University (National Research University)
Year found: 1943
Legal form State
Country Russia
City Chelyabinsk

South Ural State University (National Research University)


Year found: 1943
Legal form: State
Country: Russia
Awards: Bachelor Degree
                     Specialist Degree
                     Master Degree
                     Doctoral Programmes 
City: Chelyabinsk
Study language: Russian, English

Established on December 15, 1943 as Chelyabinsk Mechanical Engineering Institute (CMEI) to meet the demand for engineers during the World War II, the South Ural State University has come a long way to become a major center of education and science in the Urals.

Today it has become an alma mater for more than 45000 students from all over the world, being instructed by 5000 lecturers and professors, most of whom are recognized both nationally and internationally.

Being a classical multi-profile university in every sense of the word, SUSU never stops in its strive to build a dynamic academic and research environment. Today there more than 245 Degree programs are taught here, along with post-graduate Doctoral and Post-Doctoral programs, which attract students and researchers from all over the world.

During the latest years SUSU has started growing more and more international. The international community today includes more than 1100 students from over 20 countries, such as Germany, China, Iraq, Sri Lanka, CIS countries, etc.

This way of development is seen as the one of vital importance, and we at SUSU try to widen our international horizons by working with the leading academic centers all over the world, such as University of Oxford (United Kingdom), Technical University Munich (Germany), Tsinghua University (China), Clark University (USA) and many others.

The University is engaged in numerous international projects with governmental institutions and non-governmental organizations from Russia, European Union, leading world companies: Emerson, Fortum, etc. SUSU is a member of the University SCO (Shanghai Organization of Collaboration).


SUSU is always open gifted young people, world-recognized researchers and lecturers, as well as partners, and invites everyone to become a part of its mobile and dynamic environment, stimulating new development and new achievement.



Chelyabinsk (Russian: Челябинск) is a city and the administrative center of chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia, located in the northeast of the oblast, 210 kilometers (130 mi) south of Yekaterinburg,  just to the east of the Ural Mountains, on the Miass River,  on the border of Europe and Asia.Population: 1,130,132.  

The fortress of Chelyaba, from which the city takes its name, was founded in the place of a Bashkir village of Chelyaby(Bashkir:Силәбе) by colonel Alexey (Kutlu-Muhammed) Tevkelev to protect the surrounding trade routes from possible attacks by Bashkir outlaws. During Pugachev`s Rebelliob, the fortress withstood a siege by the rebel forces in 1774, but was eventually captured for several months in 1775. In 1782, as a part of Ufa Viceroyalty that was later reformed into Orenburg Governorate,  Chelyabinsk became a seat of a its own uyezd  and finally was granted town status and its current name in 1787.


Until the late 19th century, Chelyabinsk was a small provincial town. In 1892, the Samara-Zlatoust Railway that connected it with Moscow and the rest of European Russia was completed. At the same time, construction of the Trans-Siberian Railway from Chelyabinsk started in 1892; in 1896 the city was linked to Ekaterinburg. 


Chelyabinsk became the hub for relocation to Siberia. For fifteen years passed through Chelyabinsk and driven more than fifteen million people - a tenth of Russia. Some of them remained in Chelyabinsk, which contributed to its rapid growth. In addition, in Chelyabinsk was organized custom office set "customs fracture" the bounding duty-free grain and tea to the European part of the country that led to the emergence in mills and set the tea-packing factory. 


Soon Chelyabinsk started turning into a major trade center, its population reached 20,000 inhabitants by 1897, 45,000 by 1913, and 70,000 by 1917. For rapid growth at the turn of the 20th century, similar to American cities, Chelyabinsk called "Behind the Urals Chicago".  


For several months during the Russian Civil War, Chelyabinsk was held by the White movement and Czechoslovak Legion, becoming a center for splinters of the Romanian Volunteer Corps in Russia.  


With the rebellion in the Chelyabinsk railway station Czechoslovak Legions May 14, 1918, in Russia began full-scale civil war. The city later fell to Bolshevik forces. 


In September 1919, a new Chelyabinsk Governorate  was created out of the eastern parts of Orenburg Governorate  and the southwestern parts of Tobolsk Governorate.  It lasted only until 1923, when it was absorbed into Ural Oblast, created during one of the Soviet administrative reforms.