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Ural Federal University

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Ural Federal University (UrFU)
Уральский федеральный университет имени первого Президента России Б.Н. Ельцина
Latin: Universitas Uralensis
Former names
Ural State University, Ural State Technical University
MottoRussian: Думай, делай, достигай!
Latin: Cogitare, agere, consequi!
Motto in English
Think, act, achieve![1]
Established1920 (established), 2011 (integrated)
EndowmentRUB 79,636,174 (~USD 1,280,000) (March 2019)[2]
PresidentStanislav Naboychenko (until 2013)
RectorVictor Koksharov (from 2010)
Academic staff
2993 (March 2019)
Students34794 (February 2019)
Location, ,
56°50′38″N 60°39′14″E / 56.8440°N 60.6539°E / 56.8440; 60.6539
AffiliationsUniversity of the Arctic,[3] Association of Sino-Russian Technical Universities,[4] Russian Council on International Affairs,[5] The Euroasian Universities Association,[6] Association of technical universities of Russia and China,[7] International Association of Architecture and Construction Higher Educational Institutions, Association of Russian leading Universities,[8] Erasmus Plus,[9] BRICS Network University, SCO Network University, CIS University[10]
Ural Federal University (eng).jpg
Building details
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Main university building

The Ural Federal University named after the first President of Russia B. N. Yeltsin (Уральский федеральный университет имени первого Президента России Б.Н. Ельцина, Uralʹskiĭ federalʹnyĭ universitet imeni pervogo Prezidenta Rossii B.N. Yelʹtsina, often shortened to UrFU, УрФУ) (formed by a merger of the Ural State Technical University and Ural State University) is one of the leading educational institutions in the Ural region of Russia and one of 10 Russian Federal Universities. Ural Federal University acts as a research and innovation center of the Ural region and cooperates with the Russian Academy of Sciences. UrFU offers educational programs in four main areas of knowledge and 108 academic majors.[11] There are actively developed links between the university and intermediate educational institutions. UrFU also consistently works on establishing strategic partnerships with employers for the sake of development of the regional economy: employers are involved in the educational environment as direct participants, enployers-sponsored and corporate education is carried out based on the client-centered approach, joint business projects are realized in economic and social areas.


The Ural University was established in the town of Ekaterinburg in 1920 by the decree of the head of Soviet revolutionary government Vladimir Lenin. However, the newly-born university underwent a number of changes due to the lack of resources in such circumstances as revolution and civil war. Finally, the university split into two: Ural State University (USU), a smaller university responsible for education in natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, and Ural Polytechnic Institute (USTU-UPI), a larger one which was focused on training engineers in areas such as metallurgy, machine-building, civil engineering and power engineering. At the same time, UPI was developing several new (for the time) areas of knowledge like nuclear energetics, organic chemistry and synthesis, and telecommunications.

Despite such partition, both universities were connected closely with each other, as well as with their partners from the region’s industrial economy. Due to this fact, Ekaterinburg became one of the largest university cities of Russia. Since 2008, when a massive reorganization of Russian university system was launched, a number of universities in different cities of the country, which already had close relations, have received special federal status and additional funding. Federal universities were established in Rostov-na-Donu, Krasnoyarsk, Kazan, Archangelsk, Yakutsk, Kaliningrad, Vladivostok and Ekaterinburg. These federal universities are the leaders of the Russian educational system. The merger process of USTU-UPI and USU to create Ural Federal University (UrFU) began in 2009 and was fully completed by the spring of 2011.

During almost 100 years of its history, the Ural University has produced more than 360,000 graduates, many of whom achieved significant success in research, culture, and politics. One of the most famous graduates of the university is the first President of Russia, Boris Yeltsin, whose name the university bears nowadays.

Supervisory Board

In accordance with the Federal Law of 03.11.2006 № 174-FZ "About autonomous institutions", a supervisory board was created in UrFU. As of March 2019, it consists of:[12]


Institutes and departments

Ural Federal University consists of the following Institutes and Departments:[13]

  • Graduate Engineering School
  • Graduate School of Economics and Management
  • Institute of Chemical Engineering
  • Institute of Civil Engineering and Architecture
  • Institute of Fundamental Education
  • Institute of New Materials and Technologies
  • Institute of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • Institute of Open Educational Technologies
  • Institute of Physical Education, Sports and Youth Policy
  • Institute of Physics and Technology
  • Institute of Public Administration and Entrepreneurship
  • Institute of Radio Electronics and Information Technologies
  • Ural Institute of Humanities
  • Ural Power Engineering Institute
  • Faculty of Military Training
  • Military Educational Center
  • Supplementary Vocational Education Centers
  • Specialized Educational and Scientific Center of UrFU (UrFU Lyceum)

Establishments of Basic General Education

  • Lyceum № 130
  • Specialized training-scientific centre UrFU

Branches and representative offices

  • Nizhny Tagil Technological Institute - a multidisciplinary higher education establishment and one of the leading scientific centres in the Middle Urals located in Nizhny Tagil. The Institute has trained more than 14,500 mechanical engineers, metallurgists and specialists in automation and maintenance of equipment. [14]
  • Polytechnical Institute in Kamensk-Uralsky - a higher education establishment that offers bachelor programs in radiotechnics, electric power and metallurgy as well as programs of additional education for youth and adults. [15]
Dmitry Medvedev and Angela Merkel at the "Petersburg Dialogue" Russian-German forum in 2010
Dmitry Medvedev and Angela Merkel at the "Petersburg Dialogue" Russian-German forum in 2010

Facts and Figures

Ural Federal University is one of Russia's biggest research and educational centers. The number of full-time students studying at UrFU exceeds 35,000 (March 2019). They come from 75 countries of the world, and are taught by more than 4,200 faculty members. 424 educational programs are provided by 13 institutes and include courses in natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities, economics and management. More than 360,000 people have graduated from Ural Federal University over the years. Since 2008, the university has been bearing the name of Boris Yeltsin – graduate of 1955, who was elected first President of independent Russia in 1991.

During an academic year, the university is attended by more than 20 international delegations. Among them – ambassadors of the US, France, United Kingdom, Sweden, The Republic of South Africa, Mongolia and others.

The first international students arrived at Ural University in the 1940s. During almost 100 years of the university’s history, it has produced more than 2,500 specialists from Europe, Asia and Africa. As of March 2019, about 3,100 international students are studying at UrFU.

The sports facilities of UrFU allow more than 30 teams to train and compete. University is host to several popular festivals, among which are one of the oldest student festivals of Russia, “Vesna UPI” (literally, “The Ural Polytechnic Spring”), which goes back to 1956, and the Vienna Music Film Festival.

International Partnership

One more important direction of activity is integration of Ural Federal University into the international research and educational environment. The university participates in network educational projects (Shanghai Cooperation Organization, European Union, UNESCO, BRICS). UrFU is a key partner in the Ural region for foreign universities, international organizations, foreign companies and corporations. The number of foreign students, postgraduates, researches and lecturers is constantly growing. Within framework agreements, UrFU works with the market leaders in Russia and other countries.

UrFU scientist Victor Grohovsky talks to press during presentation of Chebarkul meteorite samples analysis
UrFU scientist Victor Grohovsky talks to press during presentation of Chebarkul meteorite samples analysis


Key areas of scientific research at UrFU:

  • Physics and astronomy: the condensed matter physics, physics of magnetic materials, optics and laser physics, radio physics, electronics, acoustics, quantum theory of solids; spectroscopy of activated crystals, fundamental studies of properties of materials under extreme conditions, the physics of low-temperature and nonideal plasma and its use in power engineering and clean technologies; theoretical and experimental thermal physics, physical gas-kinetics and surface physics, physico-chemical mechanics of heterogeneous and multiphase media, stellar astronomy.
  • Power engineering: development of scientific principles of energy policy and mechanisms for its realization under market economy conditions, the fundamental problem of creating a safe and clean energy (including nuclear and fusion energy), non-conventional energy conversion processes, the fundamental problems of energy conservation and fuel efficiency.
  • Metallurgy: the development of resource-saving and environmentally friendly processes of complex processing of ores and its wastes, the creation of new metallic materials with the desired properties.
  • Сommunication technologies: integrated information and telecommunications networks and systems, the mathematical theory of pattern recognition.
  • Mathematics and Mechanics: the theory of control and differential games, theory of algebraic systems and its applications to computer systems, the theory of functions and operators, the fundamental problem of construction of systems of automatic designing, mathematical methods of research of nonlinear control systems and processes, mathematical modeling in medicine.
  • Chemistry and Materials Science: Theory of chemical bonding, kinetics and mechanisms of chemical reactions, solid state chemistry, chemistry of radioactive elements, physico-chemistry of polymers, the development of methods for the directed synthesis of complex organic molecules in order to obtain physiologically active substances with a selective effect, the development of the fundamentals of catalysis and the creation of highly efficient and selective heterogeneous, homogeneous and enzymatic catalysts and catalytic systems, the creation of chemical current sources, the creation of structural ceramics and silicate materials with sufficient ductility on the basis of oxides, nitrides, carbides, oxycarbonitrides.
  • Biology: population and evolutionary ecology, animal ecology, environmental forecasting and assessment, plant physiology and studies of photosynthesis, industrial botany, ornithology.
  • Philosophy and sociology: the history of philosophy, philosophical anthropology, epistemology, aesthetics, social philosophy, sociology of the individual.
  • History and Ethnography: Source Studies, Archaeology and Social History of Byzantium, Ural and Siberian Archeology and Ethnography, Siberian and Ural archaeography; social history of the Urals and Siberia, theory and history of international relations.
  • Philology: onomastics, dialect lexicology and lexicography, lexical semantics, linguistics and stylistics, folklore and literature of the Urals and Siberia, Russian classical and modern literature, literary stylistics, theory and history of journalism.
  • Economics: Regional Economics, competition and institutional aspects of economic growth, foreign investment and international transfer of technology, corporate governance, economic history and the history of economic thought, mathematical methods in economics.


UrFU Alumni Association was established in October 2012. In 2012-2013, the University established offices of the Alumni association in Mongolia and Russian cities of Moscow, Nizhny Tagil, Kamensk-Uralsky and Noyabrsk; it allows the graduates living and working in these countries and cities to maintain contact with the university. It also plans to establish offices in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Israel and Germany.


Ural Federal University currently holds the following positions in national and global rankings:

  • placed 701-800th in the Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2018[16]
  • placed 11th among Russian universities (Webometrics Ranking of World Universities), 2019[17]
  • placed 43rd in the QS Emerging Europe and Central Asia University Ranking, 2019;[18]
  • placed 58th among BRICS countries universities (QS World University Rankings: BRICS), 2019;[19]
  • placed 13th in the ranking of national universities by the Interfax Rating Agency, 2020 [20]
  • placed 35th in the QS Emerging Europe and Central Asia University Ranking, 2021 [21]

Awards and achievements

The "Dedicatied to Young People" short film, which features Ural Federal University graduates giving advice to the current UrFU students, won the ‘Most Creative Corporate Institution Video’ QS-Apple Creative Award and received the title of QS-Apple Creative Idol. The contest was held on November 17, 2011, at the 7th QS Asia Pacific Professional Leaders in Education Conference and Exhibition, in Manila (Philippines), and was organized by Quacquarelli Symonds.[22]

See also


  1. ^ Ural Federal University, ranking and review
  2. ^ UrFU Endowment
  3. ^ Archived 2012-12-28 at UrFU profile (eng)
  4. ^ Archived 2012-07-10 at ASRTU: membership (rus)
  5. ^ Archived 2012-03-29 at the Wayback Machine Russian Council on International Affairs: corporate members (rus)
  6. ^ Euroasian Universities Association: UrFU (rus)
  7. ^[permanent dead link] ATURC was created
  8. ^ Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine The Association of Leading Russian Universities Visits the United States (eng)
  9. ^ UrFU + Erasmus Plus
  10. ^ Ural Federal University World University Rankings | THE
  11. ^ UrFU list of academic majors (rus), (Retrieved 2016-04-20)
  12. ^ "UrFU Supervisory Board Members".
  13. ^ "UrFU Institutes".
  14. ^ "NTI (branch) UrFU".
  15. ^ "Polytechnical Institute in Kamensk-Uralsky".
  16. ^ ARWU World Top 500-100 Candidates 2018.
  17. ^ "Russian Federation | Ranking Web of Universities: More than 28000 institutions ranked".
  18. ^ "QS University Rankings: EECA 2019 | Top Universities".
  19. ^ "QS University Rankings: BRICS 2019 | Top Universities".
  20. ^ "XI ежегодный Национальный рейтинг университетов (НРУ) "Интерфакс" - Высшее образование в России".
  21. ^ "QS University Rankings: EECA 2021".
  22. ^ Winners of QS-APPLE Creative Awards 2011
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