World-Class Russian Education!

The goal of Project 5-100 is to maximize the competitive position of a group of leading Russian universities in the global research and education market.




Samara National Research University (Samara University)

Founded in 1942.

Rector — Evgeny Vladimirovich Shakhmatov

Main Activities

Samara University is one of Russia’s leading centers of education, science and culture, providing cutting-edge education and research services and social and cultural projects aimed at developing and improving the potential of aerospace and other hi-tech industries in Povolzhsky Federal District and the country and meeting the person’s needs in terms of intellectual, cultural and moral education by means of higher and post-graduate professional education, for maintaining the sustainable development of the knowledge-based market economy.

In 2015, by decision of the Ministry of Science and Education of the Russian Federation, Samara State University was incorporated with SSAU. Today, the joint institution is known as Academician Korolev Samara National Research University (Samara University for short).

The unified Samara University consists of 16 faculties, 105 departments, one branch campus, offices in Togliatti and Blagoveschensk, a technical school and a junior college. More than 14,000 students from across the globe attend Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Specialist’s programs at SU.

International Partnerships

International partners of Samara University include:

  • Harbin Polytechnic Institute (China)

  • Bradley University (USA)

  • ENSICA Higher School of Aeronautics (France)

  • Sophia Technical University (Bulgaria)

  • Purdue University (USA)

  • Munich Technical University (Germany)

  • Vienna Institute of Information Processing (Austria), and others.

The University has successfully completed contracts with companies from Italy, Finland, France, PRC, Latvia, Lithuania, and Ukraine to deliver to foreign customers technological products developed by Samara University.

International Students and Teaching Staff

Samara University has traditionally accepted foreign interns and doctoral students. Students from Bangladesh, Bulgaria, India, Iran, Cameroon, Kenya, China, Costa Rica, Lebanon, Mauritius, Madagascar, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Senegal, and Sri Lanka have all studied at Samara University according to contracts settled with the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation and individual study contracts.

Samara University has hosted interns from the PRC, Germany and France. Students from Bradley University, Harbin Polytechnic Institute (PRC), and ENSICA Higher School of Aeronautics attended Samara University in accordance with direct cooperation contracts between the two institutions.

Famous Alumni

  • Viktor Lukachev, expert in mixing and burning of fuels in aircraft engines, Rector of Kuybyshev Aviation Institute.

  • Konstantin Titov, Governor of Samara Region (1991—2007), member of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, representative of Samara Region (since October 2007).

  • Oleg Sysuev, Mayor of Samara (1992—1997), Vice Premier of the Russian Federation (1997—1998), Minister of Labor and Social Development of the Russian Federation (1997—1998).

  • Mikhail Millionschikov, Vice President of the USSR Academy of Sciences (1962—1973).

  • Lev Khasis, Member of the Board, First Deputy Chairman of the Board, Sberbank of Russia. In 2011—2013 — Senior Vice President, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

  • Vitaly Markelov — member of the Board of Directors, Deputy Chairman of the Board, Gazprom.