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.




ITMO University

Year of foundation: 1900

Location: St. Petersburg

Total students: 11,200 / International students: 1,600

Faculties: 13 / Departments: 66

Faculty: 1,000

Rector: Vladimir Vasilyev


ITMO University (Saint Petersburg) is a national research university, the leading Russian university in the field of information and photonic technologies. The university is the alma mater of winners of numerous international programming competitions such as ACM ICPC (the only seven-time world champions), Google Code Jam, Facebook Hacker Cup, Yandex Algorithm, Russian Code Cup and Topcoder Open. ITMO University graduates created the new programming language Kotlin.

One of Russia’s leading higher education and research institutions, ITMO specializes in Information Technology, Photonics and Optics. Its  international research centres generate advanced knowledge and bring top innovative ideas to the market through an established system of R&D support.

In 2016, ITMO University received the UNESCO Medal “For the Development of Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies” for its unique environment: science — education — innovations.

In 2017, ITMO University entered the world’s top 100 universities in Computer Science for the second consecutive year, and the world’s top 400 universities in Engineering and Technology for the first time, according to the Times Higher Education subject ranking. ITMO University is also represented in the world’s top 400 universities in Physics and Astronomy in the Quaquarelly Symonds (QS) subject ranking.

ITMO’s mission is to prepare its graduates for the challenges of the 21st century.

ITMO University strives to support an international academic and innovative environment, as well as interdisciplinary scholarship opportunities.

  • IT
  • Photonics and optics
  • Quantum communications
  • Robotics
  • Translational medicine
  • Urban studies
  • Art & Science
  • Science communication


43 International research centers form the university's R&D hub in the core competence areas:

  • Advanced Materials, Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology
  • IT in Economics, Social Sciences and Arts
  • Intelligent Technologies and Robotics
  • Life Sciences and Health
  • Natural Sciences
  • Optics and Photonics