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he 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.

oon 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.

he 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.

any 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.

he 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.

oday, 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 from abroad.
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, railway network.

t 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.

he 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 for.

reat significance is attached to encouraging students' interest in the history of Russia, railway transport and the University.

or years of its existence the University has trained 80,000 specialists including 2,000 specialists for foreign countries.

t 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.

e hope you will find this web-server challenging and useful and consider applying to our University.

Rector of the Petersburg State Transport University




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