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.




National Research Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod (Lobachevsky University)

UNN – creative, innovative, entrepreneurial! 

Year of foundation: 1916

Location: Nizhny Novgorod

Total students: 16,500 / International students: 1,000

Faculties: 18 / Departments: 165

Faculty: 1,700

Acting Rector: Elena Zagaynova


Lobachevsky University is a large and comprehensive research university, and a leader in innovative development of the region and the country in the global knowledge-based society. The advantages of our University are related to the numerous opportunities for implementing a wide range of advanced educational programs, conducting interdisciplinary research, and create innovative products at the intersection of sciences. This enables the University to promptly address the “big challenges”, the complexity and scale of which require synergy between experts in various fields of modern science.


  • Information and Communication Systems and Technology 
  • Supercomputer Computation
  • Materials Science
  • Biology & Biomedicine
  • Physics & Radiophysics
  • Chemistry
  •  Law
  • Social Sciences
  • International Relations & Foreign Languages Economics, Management & Innovative Entrepreneurship


  •  Mathematics
  •  Applied Mathematics
  •  Mechanics of Deformable Solids
  •  Radiophysics and Electronics
  •  Physics of Solids
  •  Inorganic Chemistry
  •  Chemistry of Organo-elemental Compounds
  •  Biology
  •  Sociology
  •  Economics 
  •  Psychological Problems
  •  Problems of the Development and Functioning of the Russian Language
  •  Law 
  •  Universal and Russian History
  •  Physical Culture and Sports

International collaboration and partnerships

UNN has been involved in many valuable international projects with more than 100 partners from all over the world:

• Tempus-Tacis joint European projects supported by the European Commission 
• ERANET-MUNDUS: Euro-Russian Academic Network-Mundus “Partnership with Higher Education Institutions of Third Countries and Mobility Scholarships,” “International Masters in Russian, Central and Eastern Europe Studies” 
• EURECA program – enhancement of the research and entrepreneurial capacity of Russian universities (partners: University of Maryland, USA; Purdue University, USA)
• “Capacity Building Partnership to Improve Tourism Education, Research, and Industry Outreach” project (University of Florida, USA) 
• Erasmus Mundus Action 2 – Aurora: Towards Modern and Innovative Higher Education 
• ERASMUS+ KA1 programmes with the University of Poitiers (France), Grenoble Alpes University (France), University of Calabria (Italy), Volda University College (Norway), Radboud University (The Netherlands), University of Glasgow (UK) and Nottingham Trent University (UK).

Distinguished alumni

  • Valery Fokin, Russian chemist. In 2013 and in 2018, Dr. Fokin was nominated for Nobel Prize 
  • Yaroslav Sergeev, awarded the Pythagoras International Prize in Mathematics (2010) for his studies of infinitesimal quantities
  • Alexander Sokurov, Russian filmmaker and script writer
  • Mikhail Seslavinsky, head of the Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communications
  • Yelena Posevina, Russian rhythmic gymnast, two-time Olympic champion, world and European champion
  • Zakhar Prilepin, modern Russian writer and political activist
  • Alexander Sergeev, President of the Russian Academy of Sciences, academician.

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