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VolSU milestone

Volgograd Regional Committee of the Communist Party decides to establish a state university in the city. 

March 21st, 1980 
By decree of the RSFSR Higher Education Ministry, Dr. M. Zagorulko is appointed rector of the Volgograd State University. 

July 10th, 1980 
By decree of the RSFSR Higher Education Ministry, the Department of Arts and Sciences is to become the first VolSU department providing instruction for students under following programs: Russian Language and Literature, Romanic and Germanic Languages and Literature, History, Mathematics, and Physics. 

September 1st, 1980 
The day of the University’s grand opening. Two hundred fifty lucky undergraduates become first students of the country’s newest institution. The emblematic student identity card number 1 is officially presented to Marina Ukolova, a first year student. The University is temporarily located in the building which would later house the Institute of Physics and Telecommunications, while Sovetsky District of Volgograd witnesses active construction of the University complex. The students and staff participate in the construction under the motto “Universities are built on enthusiasm”. 

September 1st, 1989 
41 students enter the University on a contractual basis, with 10 undergraduates studying internally and 31 studying externally. 

October 10th, 1990 
The University enters into an agreement with the Institute of Foreign Languages and Translation (Munich, Germany) for a period of 2 years, allowing foreign students to attend five-month Russian language courses. The contract is renegotiated as open-ended in April 1994. 

March 31st, 1992 
The University enters into an agreement with Volzhsky City Administration to open a branch of Economics and Law departments in the city. 

June 29th, 1992 
The University enters into an agreement with Mansfield University, USA, on the exchange of students and teachers. The agreement is still in effect. 

December 15th, 1993
The University enters into an agreement with the University of Cologne, Germany, on the exchange of students and teachers. 

March 9th, 1994 
By decree of the State Committee for Higher Education, the Volzhsky branch is reorganized as Volzhsky Institute of Humanities as an affiliate of VolSU. 

July 3rd, 1995 
Oleg Inshakov is appointed rector of VolSU. 

April 17th, 1996
The University History Museum is established. 

November 10th, 1996 
The University enters into a partnership with the Fachhochschule of Cologne, Germany. 

April 16th, 1998  
The Russian Language History Research Institute is established at VolSU. Dr.S. Lopushanskaya is appointed director. 

November 26th, 2004
The University Medical Unit is established, comprising of the health centre, sanatorium and dispensary. 

The University is awarded second-degree diploma in the 3rd Federal Competition on Educational Process in Institutions. 

May 24th, 2010 
The Volgograd State University celebrates its 30th anniversary. 

March 2012 
Volgograd State University ranks 1st among Russian universities in a nation-wide competition with their “Growth Formula” program aimed at supporting student associations. 

VolSU facts and figures:

·         Number of institutes: 10 

·         Number of branches: 1 

·         Range of subjects: 137

·         Number of students: 9 889

·         Number of alumni:  40 000

·         Number of  professors and staff: 1 300 

·         Foreign students from Armenia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Austria, Germany, USA, France, Belgium, China, Iraq, Turkey, Iran etc.

The governmental license allows VolSU to carry out educational activity in the following programmes: 

·         preuniversity training;

·         intermediate professional education;

·         higher professional education: Bachelor's programme, Master’s programme, Specialist's programme;

·         postgraduate education: highest scientific qualification staff – postgraduate and doctoral training;

·         additional professional education: internship, professional retraining and other programmes;

·         summer language schools.