Sakhalin State University (SSU) Today
Our educational organization was founded in 1949 as a Teachers Training College. The Teachers Training College was reorganized into Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk State Pedagogical Institute in 1954. It was finally restructured into Sakhalin State University (SSU) according to the decision of the Government of Russian Federation, dated May, 27, 1998.
Sakhalin State University has developed into a major teaching and research higher education institution.
Brief History of the University:
1949 — Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Teachers Training College was founded.
1954 — Teachers Training College was reorganized into Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk State Teachers Training Institute.
1984 — Pedagogics and Elementary Education Department was established.
1988 — Faculty of Industry and Teachers Training was established.
1989 — First international cooperation agreement with Hokkaido University (Faculty of Education) was signed.
1991 — Department of Economics and Oriental Studies was set up.
1993 — Postgraduate Department was established.
1998 — Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk State Teachers Training Institute was reorganized into Sakhalin State University (SSU).
1999 — Institute of Law was established on the basis of Sakhalin branch of Far East State University.
2002 — Oil and Gas Faculty was established on the basis of General Education Faculty.
2007 — Service and Tourism Faculty was established.
2009 — Sakhalin State University became a prize-winner of the competition «Gold medal «European quality» in the nomination «100 best Russian Universities».
2009 — Sakhalin State University was listed to the National Register «Leading Russian educational» institutions and successfully accredited by the RF Ministry of Education and Science.
2012 — Oil and Gas Institute was established with the financial support of Exxon Oil and Gas Limited.
2018 — SSU celebrated the twentieth anniversary as a university.
2019 — SSU celebrated the seventieth anniversary as an education organization.
Sakhalin State University comprises 5 Institutes, 4 Colleges and 21 administrative units. The University has 9 educational buildings and 3 hostels with more than 1000 students.
Over 10000 students study at the University, including over 5000 full-time and more than 2000 part-time students. In 2021 there are 28 educational programs for bachelors, 14 master programs, 10 post-graduate programs, and 30 secondary vocational education courses.
A great work has been done over the last 5 years to open new areas of study for training specialists and bachelors. Licenses have been obtained and personnel training programs have been started in such areas as: Law Finance and Credits, Logopedics, Journalism, Ecology, Biology, Geography, Computer Information Science, Environmental Management, Social Science, Pedagogics and Psychology.
Region’s remoteness causes the lack of higher education programs available, but the University does its best to offer a greater number of educational programs in order to provide citizens with the best educational opportunities. Over the past few years, the University has started to offer new courses in Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Sustainable Management of Natural Resources, Oil and Gas Engineering, Management, Translation and Translation Study, Linguistics, Ecology, Journalism, Aquatic Bio-Resources and Aquaculture and so on.
Sakhalin State University is implementing several second university degree programs, professional development programs and external studies programs. All that creates favorable conditions for the Lifelong Learning.
Sakhalin Region development concept reflects the region’s role of linking the Far East to the mainland and to the Asian-Pacific countries. Region’s economy shows stable growth and investment activity performance, setting the higher education system new objectives and goals, namely rendering information, technical and organizational support, establishing joint educational scientific and industrial centers involving foreign universities and companies, and also prompt decision-making concerning personnel training issues.
That is our mission, and we face the future confidently.