Founded by Lomonosov Moscow State University, Ulyanovsk State University (hereinafter referred to as USU) as a multi-disciplinary, anchor regional higher educational institution and strategic center of education, science, culture, health saving, information and high technologies of Ulyanovsk Region, combining the traditions of classical and engineering education with the newest trends of Russian and global educational systems’ development, education and research with innovative activities in the sphere of high technology, directing its potential and resources towards social and economic development of the region, ensures the development of moral, scientific, technological and cultural values of society through high-quality training of specialists in all spheres of vital activity determining prospects for further development of the main sectors of economy and social infrastructure of the region. USU is a vibrant community hub that draws intellectual and cultural elite together for progress and joint development of material, scientific, humanitarian and spiritual values. Being aware of its responsibility for high-quality education, achieving the formulated goals by quality management system implementation on the basis of international standards criteria, USU continuously improves all types of its activity with due regard to the requirements and expectations of all interested parties.
Priority guidelines of the University development
The choice of the priority guidelines of the university development is determined by the objectives of social and economic development of the Ulyanovsk region, the Volga Federal District and the country in general, by needs of the state for developing critical technologies and promising areas of science, requirements of society, enterprises, institutions and organizations of various forms of ownership for high-quality education, opportunities of effective use of the existing scientific and educational and innovative capacity of University, and also world tendencies of development in the field of economy, machinery, and social communications.
Further development of research and innovative components demands systemic changes in the activity of the University.
According to the list of the priority guidelines of development of science, technologies, and engineering of the Russian Federation and the list of critical technologies of the Russian Federation, in view of the priorities in modernization of economy and the technological development outlined in the Message of the President to the Federal Assembly of Russia for 2010, current trends in development of world science and also on the basis of the personnel, scientific and educational, innovative and material infrastructure which is available at University, partner ties in Russia and abroad the following priority guidelines of development of University have been established:
- “Health saving systems”;
- “Industry of nano-systems and materials”;
- “Power and energy-saving”;
- “Information and telecommunication systems”;
- “Rational natural resources management”.
These priority areas are key reference points of systemic development processes of education, science, and innovations at University. Financial resources are allocated for the implementation of the outlined items of the Program that will allow University in a medium-term prospect to achieve significant results in each of them.
Development of the university in each of the priority guidelines of the Program will be carried out in a combination of two traditional fields of activity of classical university of multilevel education and extensive researches.
The strategy of Russia’s innovative development requires the need to establish innovative research universities of the international level as the centers of accumulation and most effective use of educational, scientific and implementation potential ready to promote breakthrough development in key branches of economy and social sphere. One of the branches demanding prime attention is the system of preservation of the person’s health and environment. According to it the University has chosen Health saving technologies» as a consolidated (main) priority area in training competitive, highly qualified personnel, carrying out researches and innovative activity.
The priority area Health Saving Technologies» includes such fields, as fundamentals of medicine, biology, physics, chemistry; mathematics; non-conventional materials, including nano-materials; modern methods, technologies and equipment; information support; medicine and health care; organization and management of health care; physical culture and sport, providing healthy lifestyle; ecology of the environment and rational environmental management; methods and technologies of the social and humanitarian sphere, etc., uniting a complex the fundamental and applied research directions of the Institute of medicine, ecology and physical culture, faculty of mathematics and information technologies, engineering and physical faculty of high technologies, faculty of the humanities and social technologies, etc.
This field covers all the chain of health saving technologies – from fundamental bases of their creation (physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, medical sciences, psychology, and pedagogics, etc.) before application and practical implementation in high-tech industries of medicine and health care and contains socio-cultural aspects of forming a healthy lifestyle and use of health saving technologies.
Health-saving technologies potentially incorporate more than 15 research schools of University in which more than 80 doctors and 350 candidates of science work. Results of complex researches in the field of radiation materials science, physics of lasers, nanotechnologies, technologies of support of life cycle of researches have completely been focused on the solution of applied problems of medicine and health care, education and social security, biology, ecology and environment protection in recent years.