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Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod (UNN) is one of the leading comprehensive universities in Russia. It was established in 1916.

600 doctoral
1300 Associate
& Assistant
150 Professors
20 000 students
from 97
16 Faculties
& Institutes

7  Research Institutes
570 teraflops

Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod (UNN) consists of 7 institutes – Institute of Information Technology, Mathematics and Mechanics, Institute of International Relations and World History (IIRWH), Institute of Philology and Journalism,  Institute of Economics and Entrepreneurship (IEE), Institute of Biology and Biomedicine, Institute for Postgraduate and Doctoral Studies and Institute of Military Training – as well as 9 faculties – those of Chemistry, Radio physics, Physics, Law, Social Sciences, Physical Education and Sports, Faculty for Regional Personnel Training, Minor Academy of Public Administration and Advanced School of General and Applied Physics.

UNN has a close collaboration with the Nizhny Novgorod Scientific Centre of Russian Academy of Sciences (NNSC RAS). State University is a member of the European University Association (EUA).


Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod (UNN) has been in the world's top 700 universities since 2011, according to QS World University Rankings. It is ranked 72nd in top 200 universities in 2014 QS World University Rankings: BRICS.

More than 1,000 UNN students and staff were trained in the best European universities during the implementation of 21 Tempus projects.

State University of Nizhny Novgorod is carrying out 7 innovative scientific projects supported by the Government of the Russian Federation to establish world class research laboratories, develop promising scientific fields, involve students in scientific research and encourage them to develop projects from an idea to a business.

In 2014 UNN installed a powerful supercomputer named Lobachevsky at the Research Institute for Applied Mathematics and Cybernatics. The peak performance of Lobachevsky is 570 Tflops: this makes it the third most powerful supercomputer in Russia and one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world.

Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod includes Fundamental Library (its collections number 2,200,000 volumes), Innovation Technology Centre, University Press and printing house and 5 museums: Zoological Museum (included in the top 5 university zoological museums in Russia), Archaeological Museum, Ethnographic Museum, UNN History Museum with an Art Gallery, and Nizhni Novgorod Radio Laboratory Museum.

UNN created a network of universities to develop the cooperation between the European Union and the Volga Federal District of Russia in a wide range of fields. 100 universities of the Volga Federal District of Russia engage in collaboration in the field of Information and Communication Technologies. 11 universities have joined the development of common educational environment. 10 universities are involved in the cooperation with the EU to provide infrastructural support for innovation.

Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod has forged successful partnerships with 95 universities and educational centres worldwide since 1991, when the closed city was opened up. International cooperation has resulted in the unique programmes – Russian-French University and Russian-Italian University. The latter programme was twice included in Russia-Italy Joint Action Plan. Students graduate with diplomas from two educational institutions in two countries.

Prof. Roman G. Strongin is the President of UNN and Head of Software Department. Doctor of Sciences in Physics & Mathematics, Roman G. Strongin is an Honored Scientist of the Russian Federation and holder of awards from the President of Russian Federation and government of Nizhny Novgorod.

Prof. Roman G. Strongin is the head of the Rector Council of Higher Education Institutions of the Volga Federal District and that of Nizhny Novgorod region.  

Elena V. Zagaynova, Doctor of Medicine, is the current rector of Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod.