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This University was founded in 1878. Tomsk State University is a research university which provides higher education based on fundamental science.
In 1998 TSU was included in the State Code of the most important establishments of cultural heritage of the people of the Russian Federation. In 2005 TSU was one of the first universities to acquire the certificate from National Quality Assurance Company which stated that the quality management system correspond the international standard ISO 9001:2000.
Tomsk State University is in the Top-500 Universities Ranking by the Times of London. Other Russian Universities in this ranking are Moscow State University, Saint Petersburg State University and Novosibirsk State University. In 2006 TSU was admitted to the European University Association (EUA). In 2006-2007 TSU successfully completed an innovative educational program as the winner of the first national contest of innovative universities which is a part of the high priority national project "Education". In 2010 TSU acquired the status of National Research University.
Today TSU is the largest information center which includes its Research Library of national importance (4 million books), Institute of Distance Education, Satellite Communication Center (Tomsk teleport), super computer Scythian Cyberia, TV Board-casting Center "TV-University".
There are 24 faculties and institutes in TSU, 4 research institutes, 23,000 students and more than 350 doctors and around 900 candidates of science, including 43 laureates of Russian Federation State Prize in the sphere of science and engineering. Around 100 members of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russian Academy of Medical Science and CIS Academies of Sciences, more than 250 State Prize laureate, and two Nobel Prize winners (N.N. Semenov and I.P. Pavlov) studied and worked at TSU.
The first rector of the university was physicist N.A. Gezehus who created an amateur orchestra in the city, sang in a choir and was the head of the Tomsk Department of the Russian Music Society. In the university there have always been various amateur creative groups. Nowadays there are five music groups, three theatrical groups, 6 choreographic and literary unions. KVN (stand-up comedy) team Maximum is the most well-known representative of the university. In the university sports club and center of physical education and sports "Universport" one can find activities from mountain climbing to yoga and dancing.
In 2010 TSU won a university competition for the status of 'National Research University'. In 2010-2011 TSU won tenders for two university-industry collaborative projects in high-tech manufacturing (Government Regulation № 218), for state support of innovative infrastructure development in universities (Regulation № 219) and for two projects aimed at involving leading international scientists (Regulation № 220).
TSU is among the leaders of the National Ranking of Higher Education Institutions in the 'National Research University' category, prepared by Interfax Information Services group and Echo of Moscow radio station, with the support of the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia, coming second after the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.
TSU is also one of the fifteen leading universities selected by the Russian government for entering the world university elite.