The idea of opening the first university in Siberia arose in the best minds of our Fatherland. Seven major cities of Siberia fought for the right to open the university, but it was Tomsk that had such an honor. Tomsk University became the ninth higher educational institution in Russia and the first in Siberia.
Within its walls, as before, following the plan of the founders, old traditions continue to develop and new traditions are being established. But the main mission of the university has remained unchanged throughout its existence: to remain a classical research-type university with an education system that combines the educational process based on fundamental scientific research and satisfaction of the spiritual needs of the individual. Over its history, the university has become a major center of attraction for creative forces and talents, a generator of advanced scientific ideas, an example of the embodiment of the best traditions of Russian higher education.
For a huge number of talented young people, admission to TSU is the embodiment of a dream of getting a quality education as a guarantee of a professional career and success in life, and we are well aware of our measure of responsibility for the future of our country. Teachers, staff, students – we all love the university, its traditions, its amazing atmosphere of joint creativity of teachers and students. We honor the memory of the founders and creators of the university, who so wisely and visionarily defined the principles and priorities in its development for many years, laid high ideals of service to the Fatherland. We are proud of the graduates of the university – there are more than one and a half hundred thousand of them, and all of them, with their inspired and creative work, have multiplied the glory of Russian science, education and culture, the glory of our alma mater. We are confident in the wonderful future of Tomsk University!