Kazan Federal University is one of the nine universities of national standing in Russia. Founded in 1804, today KFU is the oldest Russian university after its Moscow counterpart.
The University is not just an educational institution, but a part of an important stratum of Russian historic and cultural heritage. Within the two hundred years of its history, the University campus grew into a proper architectural complex: new buildings, wings and even closets were constructed regularly. However, not one of the new buildings can compare to the main campus in the center of Kazan, located along Kremlevskaya Street.
The only thing that is comparable to the architectural grandeur of Kazan University is its scholar schools, which have nowadays won international acclaim. The scholarly traditions of Kazan University were established at the time when famous mathematician and founder of non-Euclidean geometry Nikolai Ivanovich Lobachevsky was in office as the rector. This way, step by step, the University scholars created an image of Kazan in the eyes of the world scientific community as a city of high culture and big science.
Kazan University is the only university of Russia with a unique variety of multifield museums. This “blossom of museums” was beginning to be set up as early as in 1804. More than a century ago the Parlor of Natural History and the Parlor of Minerals were opened – later they set the stage for the present-day museums of geology, zoology and botany. In 1815 it became clear that museums of ethnography and architecture would be opened at the University as well. For the next fifty years the key exhibits were collected, and in 1863 the museum of Kazan chemistry school was opened in the former Aleksandr Butlerov’s study.
In 1948 the University’s museum of history was opened. It began with a small Memorial space, and currently a large collection of worldwide importance is available. KFU’s museums have an international status. Information on their holdings is registered in international catalogues and reference books. Particularly important is that the exhibits do not just lie on the shelves collecting dust, but are abundantly used in education, research and cultural activities.
The University has played a significant role as the center of culture and education of a vast region between Volga and Urals. For a long time it was the only research center of the whole Eastern part of Russia. The University is associated with the beginnings of the book industry in the region, emergence of first local printed media, foundation of the society of literature-lovers, early experiments with theater, and development of musical culture and the art of painting.
Kazan University was a cradle for many other universities and colleges of Kazan, many of which were first formed as departments of KFU. At the present moment it is one of the leading universities of the country, which trains highly skilled workforce in more than 40 fields and areas of study. Back in the day Kazan University was attended by the great writer Leo Tolstoy and the famous political leader Vladimir Lenin. Among its well-known graduates are the Russian mathematician Nikolai Lobachevsky, the founder of the Russian school of chemistry Aleksandr Butlerov and the outstanding Soviet physicist Yevgeny Zavoisky.
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