Kalashnikov Izhevsk State Technical University was founded in 1952 in the period of intensive industrial development when there was an increasing demand in highly qualified engineers, capable of managing production processes. On the date of its 60th anniversary, it was named after the legendary small arms designer Mikhail Kalashnikov.
At present Kalashnikov ISTU is a leading higher educational institution in the region and one of the leading technical schools in Russia, a training center of engineers and academics.
Kalashnikov Izhevsk State Technical University is a signatory of Magna Charta Universitatum in Bologna, Italy and a full member of European University Association (EUA). 6 bachelor and 1 master study programs of Kalashnikov ISTU have been accredited by the Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency ZEvA, Hannover, Germany with the possibility to issue internationally recognized diploma supplements.
Kalashnikov ISTU has 5 branches in towns of the Udmurt Republic and neighboring regions, namely: Votkinsk, Sarapul, Glazov, Kambarka, and Tchaikovsky.
At present ISTU comprises 11 faculties and 1 institute, they are:
Over 760 lecturers are involved in the teaching process, 114 of them are Doctors of Science and/or Professors, 379 – Candidates of Science (Ph.D.) and/or Associate Professors.
Kalashnikov ISTU is entitled to provide educational services in 49 programs of bachelor studies, 38 programs of master studies, 8 specialties of higher professional education, 48 specialties of PhD and 18 specialties of Doctoral studies, 16 programs of secondary professional education, 1 program of primary professional education, as well as the programs of supplementary education (skill-update courses and professional retraining, additional qualification “Professional Translator”, courses for prospective students). Currently, Kalashnikov ISTU educates over 20,000 students, among them more than 100 international students. The classes and research works are conducted in 8 buildings, the new one opened on 1 September 2009.
For over 60 years more than 65,000 engineers have been trained at Kalashnikov ISTU. There are 9 specialized Academic Councils for Ph.D. and DSc degrees here.
Scientific schools have been organized in the field of strength, reliability, complex automation, CAD systems, computer science, chemical technology, testing of complex machinery. The university scientific schools direct their efforts to solve the basic problems of machine-building, instrument-making industries, computer science, and ecology. Researchers of Kalashnikov ISTU successfully participate in grant and scholarship programs together with colleagues from partner universities both local and foreign.
The university has all modern facilities to assist students in their studies and research. Over 2,500 PCs and workstations of Kalashnikov ISTU are combined into over 80 LANs linked to the Internet via the university Internet-portal.
In the frameworks of innovative activities the electronic library of Kalashnikov ISTU, that currently comprises over 500,000 entries, was implemented and successfully functions. In virtual laboratories of the university young specialists can do research, as well as exchange information with their colleagues all over the world via the Internet.
Kalashnikov Izhevsk State Technical University has been constantly developing its international relations. Academic mobility programs are implemented and promoted.
Students of the university live in comfortable hostels on campus. They have their meals in canteens and snack bars placed in the university buildings.
Health services for students and employees are provided by the university polyclinic. The university has its own health center for 100 persons.
The students have all the necessary facilities for going in for sports. The university has a stadium, 8 gyms, a tennis court and a brand new swimming pool at its disposal. For the students and personnel to have a good and substantial rest, there is the university sports camp on the bank of the river Kama.
There is also a Palace of Culture “Integral” for entertainment. It is the venue of conferences and exhibitions, as well as multiple amusement festivities. The university Municipal Theater “Young Man”, the winner of many competitions and festivals, is very popular. In estate-museum of Peter Tchaikovsky in Votkinsk the cultural and educational center of Kalashnikov ISTU has been founded.
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