In 2006 a decision to set up two federal universities was taken within the framework of “Education” National Project. One university was to be established in the Siberian Federal District, the second one - in the Southern Federal District. The strategic goal of the Programme was to establish a world-class university to promote the innovative development in Russia and give it a competitive edge in the market of scholastic attainment and technologies.
A number of universities in the Southern Federal District took part in the Programme in order to compete for the right to be called “Federal University”, but only four universities came through as winners. These four united into Southern Federal University. Thus, Southern Federal University (SFedU) was established by the RF Government Decree ¹ 1616-ð dated November 23, 2006 as a result of Rostov State Academy of Architecture and Arts, Rostov State Pedagogical University and Taganrog State Radio Engineering University being affiliated to Rostov State University. Each of the institutions has its unique history.
Main areas of SFedU development are:
- training programs for Specialist’s, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees on the basis of integrated instruction vs research approach, employment of all modern methods of instruction, including distance (on-line) learning in the sphere of management, economics, education, science, culture and other national priorities;
- creation of an environment for the academic mobility of students, faculty and research staff; as well as integration of the University into the global educational environment and acquiring the world-wide recognition of its educational programs in order to be able to export educational services and technologies;
- carrying out fundamental and applied research in the research fields of top priority; developing efficient interaction with the Russian Academy of Sciences;
- active international cooperation with universities in Europe, Asia and Americas; participation in international educational and research programmes.