USU celebrates 20th anniversary
February 11 marked the 20th anniversary of Ulyanovsk State University, founded by the government’s resolution as an affiliate of Moscow State University in 1998.
USU, which at that moment enrolled about 200 students, currently provides study opportunities for almost 16 000.
Another milestone in the USU history is December 17, 1995, when the affiliate was granted autonomy by a Russian president’s decree and got its current name.
The first university rector Yuri Polyanskov led the community until December 2006, when he was appointed to the newly-established position of university president, assuming responsibility for capital construction and international relations.
Academic excellence and strong scientific potential, traditionally associated with Moscow State University, the oldest institution in Russia, have always been the guiding principals for its first and only affiliate, helping USU maintain one of the leading positions in the Mid-Volga region.