CSU: more than university
The first university of South Ural
Chelyabinsk State University was established in 1976 and had become the first university of the South Ural. At the moment, more than 27 000 students are enrolled on 12 faculties and 6 teaching and research institutes. There are 3 branches in CSU structure (Miass, Troitsk, and Kostanay (Kazakhstan)) and 13 offices (Verkhniy Ufaley, Shadrinsk, Kopeysk, Orsk, Nyazepetrovsk, Trekhgorny, Yuzhnouralsk, Satka, Zlatoust, Kyshtym, Yuryuzan, Ust-Katav, and Argayash). In 2012, CSU took sixth place in the ranking of universities compiled by the Charity Foundation of Vladimir Potanin.
Chelyabinsk State University has been successfully developing more than thirty scientific schools. 65% of CSU lecturers have a scientific degree. Candidates of science and associate professors make up 51%; doctors and professors - 14%.
The range of scientists whose works are financed by grants of European Commission like "Tempus", as well as President of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Education and Science of the Chelyabinsk region and scientific funds: such as Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFFI), Russian Humanitarian Scientific Fund (RGNF) increases gradually.
In 1987 one of CSU expedition troops had discovered a fortified settlement Arkaim. Today the "country of towns" is recognized as an object of the cultural heritage of Russia. In 1997 a scientific center of nature and human study based on archeological laboratory was founded by order of the Rector. Members of "Arkaim" Center conduct annual joint archaeological and ethnographic expeditions and field research. In the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography, there is also a unique exhibition, subsequent to the results of CSU's expeditions.
Chelyabinsk State University constantly works on the establishment of intercommunications with foreign universities. At the moment, there are partner relations and cooperation with universities of UK, Germany, the Netherlands, France, China, Turkey, Syria, etc. More than 700 international students study at CSU.
Actions for accessibility of higher education for people with disabilities have been developing in CSU for more than 15 years. In 2004 the University got a status of Ural Federal Training and Educational Center for disabled people. In the 1st building of CSU, architectures have constructed a barrier-free area: there are ramps, lifts, elevators, complementary handrails, separate places in lecture halls, every floor is specially equipped with WCs. System of higher professional education for disabled people is based on inclusive education, distance technologies, and accompanied studies. In July 2013 CSU held a Council board of disabled people supported by Chelyabinsk region Government and directed by Deputy President of the regional Government I. Gecht. Participants of the meeting noted that CSU is an example of creating of barrier-free environment for people with disabilities.