choice of a degree course and university is an important step
and this web-server is designed to help you make your decision.
The foundation of the University dates back to November
20 (December 2) 1809 when Alexander I signed the Manifesto on
setting up the "Special Institute" - the Institute of
the Corps of Engineers.
Soon the Institute of the Corps of Engineers of Water
and Highway Communication (now the Petersburg State Transport
University) opened its doors. At that time it was located on the
Fontanka Embankment, at the place constructed to the design of
the famous architect D.Quarenghi.
The Institute of the Corps of Engineers, one of the
oldest schools of higher education in Russia and Europe, has been
destined to become the cradle of transport science and engineering
education of Russia. Until 1896 it remained the only transport
institute in the country. It was here that the first scientific
schools in the field of transport and construction were created.
Many world-famous scientists such as B.Klapeiron, M.Ostrogradsky,
D.Mendeleyev (the founder of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements),
A.Betancourt (the first Rector of the University), academician
P.Melnikov (the designer and supervisor of the first Moscow-Petersburg
double track line construction), professor N.Rinin (one of the
founders of cosmonautics whose name is inscribed on the chart
of the other side of the Moon) and many other outstanding scientists
have worked within its walls and made great contribution to the
history of science and railway transport.
The University's good name and glory are reflected
in the works and deeds of many generations of its scientists and
graduates who have constructed famous Russian railways such as
the Moscow-Petersburg main line, the Great Siberian Route, the
Baikal-Amur main line ets., have built unique bridges and a number
of magnificent buildings in the Northern Capital. The results
of their creative and fruitful work is the undeniable evidence
of their talent, profound knowledge, self-sacrifice and selfless
labour for the sake of the country.
Today, the University is one of the leading polytechnic
transport schools of higher education, a well-known scientific
and cultural centre of St.Petersburg. Moreover, the University
is a place of international reputation, which attracts scholars
During all its history, professors, teachers and workers have
participated in the realization of scientific and technical programs
aimed at the modernization and further development of railway
transport which has led to the construction of a powerful, well-equipped,
At present, scientists, research laboratories, the
Scientific Research Institute of Bridges, take an active part
both in the upgrading of the Petersburg-Moscow main lane with
the aim of increasing train speed to up 200 km/h and in the investigations
connected with the construction of a new high-speed main line
designed for speeds of 300 km/h. Rolling stock modernization,
automation of traffic control as well as other urgent problems
are under current investigation.
The University continues to fulfil its duties to teach
and research at a very high level while at the same time preparing
students for their careers in the widest sense. It is able to
foster a strong tradition of music, theatre, museum activity,
physical education and sport, which is particularly well provided
Great significance is attached to encouraging students'
interest in the history of Russia, railway transport and the University.
For years of its existence the University has trained
80,000 specialists including 2,000 specialists for foreign countries.
At present, the University is striving towards the
creation of technical facilities and technologies to meet the
demands of the XXI century and provide for a reliable and efficient
operation of Russian railways.
We hope you will find this web-server challenging
and useful and consider applying to our University.
Rector of the Petersburg State Transport University