University
1920

USU
Ural State University
1920
UPI
Ural Polytechnic Institute
1925
SSU
Sverdlovsk State University
1931
UII
S. M. Kirov Ural Industrial Institute
1934
USU
A.M. Gorky Ural State University
1945
UPI
S.M. Kirov Ural Polytechnic Institute
1948
USTU
Ural State Technical University
1992
USTU-UPI
Ural State Technical University merged with Ural Polytechnic University
in 2008 the University was named after the first President of Russia Boris Yeltsin
2000
UrFU
Ural Federal University named after the first President of Russia B.N. Yeltsin
2010

Ural Federal University turns 100

Learn about significant milestones in the history of the University!

1920

October 19

Vladimir Lenin signed a decree
«On the establishment of the Ural State University»
Ural State University is opening in Yekaterinburg tomorrow

January 8 1921

Official opening of the Ural State University that generated great public interest
2501 students
293 teaching staff
53 professors

1929

People's Commissariat of Education of the RSFSR announced an all-Union competition on campus design for the Ural Polytechnic Institute

1934

Ural Industrial Institute was named after S.M. Kirov

1936

Sverdlovsk State University was named after A.M. Gorky

1940

1940

A festive students and staff demonstration

1941

Preparations in the dormitory before leaving for the front

1941

Director A. Kachko and the institute’s first volunteer corps

Upon hearing of the Nazi Germany’s attack on the Soviet Union, at a rally on June 23, 1941 teaching staff, researchers and students declared themselves mobilized to do everything the Motherland would require them to do

During the Great Patriotic War, around 2400 people from the Institute and the University were mobilized to the frontline

Nevertheless, the Institute continued to work – the country and the military front needed specialists. Classes were held in four shifts, the last one ended at 1 am

1943

Grand assembly hall

1943

Construction of water-supply system in Vtuzgorodok (higher technical schools campus)

1944

State Examination Commission at the Faculty of Journalism

1944

Classes at the Faculty of Geology

1945

1945

Magnets lab

Victory Day started early in the morning at 4 AM with celebrations in the dormitories, outside in the rain, and in the main campus building. The Director of the Institute A.S. Kachko and a Hero of the Soviet Union N.A. Anikin gave a speech in the assembly hall

The anthem of the Soviet Union, and the international communist anthem «International», the song «Wide is My Motherland…» were played. Then there was dancing in the foyer of the assembly hall. Victory! Joy with tears in eyes, because not everyone returned from the war. The names of the fallen heroes have been written in «The Book of Memory»

In the evening the word ’Победа’ (Victory) was displayed with electric lights on the façade of the institute main building

May 9, 1945

Victory Day

1947

University brass band
at the May Day demonstration

1948

Military training ground miniature in the classroom of the military department

1949

Concert in the meeting hall of the dormitory

1950

Students at the “Saturday cleaning day” at the campus

1952

Vtuzgorodok (higher technical school’s campus) ranked first among all campuses across the country

1956

Students – among the first in the country – participate in crop harvesting on the virgin lands, and thus provide the framework for student brigades movement that still is an honor to the university

1956

The first institutional Spring Festival subsequently – ‘UPI-Spring’ took place. Initially the event was held in conjunction with the 6th World Youth and Student Festival. The final 22nd international interinstitutional festival ‘UPI-Spring in the Ural Federal’ took place in 2012
3 000 students
160 higher educational institutions around the world

1957

Opening of the 6th World Youth and Student Festival was held in Moscow on July 28, 1957. The country hosted the festival for the first time
34 000 participants
131 countries

July 281959

Capella Choir was awarded with a 1st degree diploma at the 7th World Youth and Student Festival in Vienna (Austria)

May 91961

A memorial to students and staff of the Ural Polytechnic Institute named after S.M. Kirov, who died on the fronts of the Great Patriotic War, was opened in front of the 3d education building
It is written on the reverse side of the monument:
MEMORY OF THE HEROES OF THE GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR 1941-1945 WILL NOT BE WIPED OUT WITH TIME FROM KOMSOMOL MEMBERS OF THE S.M. KIROV URAL POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE MAY 9, 1961

1965

Opening of the Kourovka astronomical observatory, the easternmost observatory in Europe

March 1966

Ural State University was given the building of the former Mid Urals Council of National economy

1969

Foundation of the modern Ural University Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden was assigned to especially protected natural areas of federal importance. It makes part of the International Council of Botanical Gardens for Plant Conservation, Russian Council of Botanical Gardens, Council of the Ural and the Volga Region Botanical Gardens

1974

May 29

Opening of M. Gorky’s sculptural bust in the education building at 51, Lenina avenue

1976

Celebration of graduation of the 75 000th engineer at the Ural Polytechnic Institute

May 201984

The first May Stroll takes place

1986

Students and teaching staff among team members of the first meteor expedition

1988

USTU becomes Russia’s first technical university to open a Sports Faculty

1997

BBC International School of Journalism opens in the university

2006

Students celebrated the university’s anniversary with the first-ever round dance on the square in front of the main university building

2009

Establishment of the Ural Federal University

President of Russian Federation Dmitri Medvedev signs an executive order on creation of 5 federal universities, including one in Urals. USTU-UPI and USU merge into Ural Federal University

2010

University hosted the Petersburg Dialogue Forum, which was attended by Angela Merkel (Federal Chancellor of Germany) and Dmitri Medvedev (President of Russia)

2011

Institutes were created at UrFU. Some of them arose from large faculties and some of them grouped together into new structures, forming interdisciplinary ties and opening new horizons for research. As a result, the Institute of Natural Sciences and Mathematics was called the Berkeley of the Urals, and the Ural Institute of Humanities - the Arts & Humanities Mecca of the Urals

A 25-metre university swimming pool «Universitetskiy» is open»

Physical education classes are carried out here and any student or university employee can use the swimming pool

July 12012

UrFU Graduation Ceremony is held for the first time. It is the largest graduation ceremony in the country
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2012

Endowment Fund

Endowment Trust Fund is established for university development
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Anechoic Chamber Opening

An anechoic chamber is open at the Engineering School of Information Technologies, Telecommunications and Control Systems (RTF). It enables to conduct high-quality electromagnetic measurements as the special coating of the camera attenuates the magnetic field by 10 billion times

2012

Establishment of UPI, USU and UrFU Alumni Association

Today, the Association has more than 3500 members from around the world. There are 6 russian and 8 foreign representative offices in Kazakhstan, Mongolia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Armenia, Afghanistan, Vietnam. 3 Trust Funds were formed with the participation of the Association, 2 of them by graduates from Kazakhstan and Mongolia. More than 10 foreign organizations have been engaged as UrFU partners to promote the University throughout the world
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2013

Start of 5-100 Russian Academic Excellence Project

The Ural Federal University became a participant in the federal 5-100 Project, whose goal is to improve the global competitiveness of Russian universities. During the Project’s implementation, UrFU achieved development breakthroughs, gaining strong positions in the league of the best Russian universities and in the world rankings as well, thereby realizing its dream of creating a world-class university in the heart of Eurasia
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2013

A New Student Dormitory

For the first time in decades, university constructed a new student dormitory on its campus: 10-storey building hosted 1000 students
In 2017 university inaugurates another modern 16-storey student dormitory with 1230 places. Today, a third student dormitory is being designed. In total, UrFU’s campus has 16 student dormitories with more than 7500 places

2014

International Sports Programming Championship

City of Yekaterinburg and Ural Federal University hosted the ACM ICPC International sports programming championship. The competition, which brought together 2286 universities from 94 countries, was attended by 122 teams, including from UrFU
Students of the legendary School of Mathematics regularly participate in international championship and succeed

The key partner of the event was a russian company «SKB-Kontur»

2015

Chemicals and Pharmaceutical Center

Chemicals and Pharmaceutical Center opens its doors at the university. In laboratories, researchers, together with students, work on development, production technologies, expert evaluation and application of new drugs

2016

Meteor expedition

A group of scientists went on a meteorite expedition to the South Pole
In three weeks, UrFU scientists found several hundred samples of celestial bodies in Antarctica, which were examined at the Nanomaterials and Nanotechnologies research and education center under the guidance of Professor Viktor Grokhovskii

20th Mendeleev Convention

City of Yekaterinburg hosted the 20th Mendeleev Convention, co-organized by UrFU. The event brought together chemists from all over Russia and 38 countries of the world. A special guest was the Nobel laureate Dan Shechtman. He met with university students and told them how to become a famous scientist

Model Factory of Lean Manufacturing

The first model factory of lean manufacturing is open at the Ural Federal University. Working at the unique facility, students learn to model production - complete working cycle of production manufacturing, including logistics and quality control

International Young Physicists Tournament – IYPT

23 years later, the International Young Physicists Tournament (IYPT) returned to Russia. Ural Federal received the right to host such a prestigious competition: 29 teams from around the world presented solutions to complex research and scientific problems. Russia was represented by a team from UrFU Lyceum (Specialized Teaching and Research Centre)

Museum and Exhibition Complex

On the university’s anniversary, UrFU Museum and Exhibition Complex opens its doors after reconstruction, showing an absolutely modern format

«UrFU Student of the Year» Annual Awards

The first «UrFU Student of the Year» Annual Awards ceremony was held and has become a good tradition of summarizing the results of the year of student life

Ekaterina Agafonova
Mikhail Kochnev

Winners 2016

Gleb Deryabin

Winner 2017

Vladimir Davydik

Winner 2018

Natalya Lozinskaya

Winner 2019

2017

19th World Youth and Students Festival

The World Youth and Students Festival was held for the third time in our country (before that, the 6th festival was held in Moscow in 1957 and the 12th festival in 1985)
20 000 participants
180 countries
100 UrFU students

2019

Meeting with the President

During his visit to Yekaterinburg, Vladimir Putin met with students of the university
Students asked questions that mattered most to them; Rector Koksharov presented innovative achievements of young scientists of the university and the Universiade 2023 Village to President Putin

The start of Digital University Project

The university received a grant of 647 million rubles from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education for Digital University project implementation. The digital transformation program is aimed at developing existing information services and creating new ones. The university also established an international scientific and methodological center to disseminate best training practices in mathematics, computer science and technology

Creation of World-Class Research and Education Center

«Advanced Technologies and Materials» Ural Interregional Research and Education Center (UIREC) will integrate capacities of education and scientific organizations and real economy sector companies of the three neighboring regions: Sverdlovsk, Chelyabinsk and Kurgan, in the conduct of world-level applied research and development activities, creating competitive technologies and products and their subsequent commercialization, as well as staff training. The UIREC is also aligned with 2 other initiatives: creating of world-class research centers on the basis of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Tatishchev Innovation and R&D Center

2019

The 10th anniversary Vienna Music Film Festival was traditionally organized on the square in front of the main academic building of the university and attracted nearly 90,000 people in 25 days
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35000
students

16
student dormitories
with more than 7500 places
19
sports facilities
for daily visits
14
academic buildings
owned by the university

6380
state-funded
places

487
educational programs
93
bachelor’s degree
programs
88
master’s degree
programs
23
specialist’s degree
programs
4300
international
students
101
nationalities
364
place in the world according to
QS World University Rankings
6
place in Russia according to
RAEX Rating Agency
4
place in Russia according to
Forbes
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