Saint Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics

ITMO University is a large state university in Saint Petersburg and is one of Russia’s National Research Universities. ITMO University is one of 15 Russian universities that were selected to participate in Russian Academic Excellence Project 5-100 by the government of the Russian Federation to improve their international competitiveness among the world’s leading research and educational centers.

Research priorities of ITMO University are concentrated in information and photonic technologies.

The university consists of 18 departments, 7 research institutes and one academy, with a total of 119 chairs. As of April 1, 2014, the total number of students is 13,890, with over 900 being foreign nationals. The university employs 1,163 instructors, including over 800 PhDs. Many of its staff members and researchers have received government awards and designations of “honored science worker,” the highest in Russia. Vladimir Vasilyev has been the university’s Rector since 1996.

Faculties of Saint Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics:

School of Computer Technologies and Control

  • Faculty of Control Systems and Robotics
  • Faculty of Software Engineering and Computer Systems
  • Faculty of Secure Information Technologies
  • Institute of Information and Navigation Systems
  • Institute of Intelligent Industrial Technologies
  • Laboratory of Digital Production Technologies
  • Laboratory of Industrial Robotics
  • Adaptive and Nonlinear Control Systems Lab
  • Research Laboratory “Digital Forensics”
  • International Laboratory of Information Security of Cyber-physical Systems
  • International Research Laboratory “Intelligent Information Processing Methods and Semantic Technologies”

School of Photonics

  • Faculty of Physics and Engineering
  • Faculty of Photonics and Optical Information
  • Faculty of Applied Optics
  • Faculty of Laser Photonics and Optoelectronics
  • National Center for Quantum Internet
  • International Research Centre for Nanophotonics and Metamaterials
  • International Laboratory of Light-Matter Coupling in Nanostructures
  • International Research and Educational Center for Physics of Nanostructures
  • International Research Center of Biophotonics, Optical and Quantum Information
  • International Research Center of Functional Materials and Devices of Optoelectronics
  • Research Center for Bioengineering
  • Transnational Scientific and Education UNIFEL Center for Advanced Methods of Materials Research
  • Research Institute of Light-Guided Photonics
  • Research Center for Optical Material Engineering
  • Research Center for Quality Control Technologies in Aerospace Industry
  • Research Center for Laser Physics
  • Research Laboratory for Computer-Aided Design of Optical-Information and Energy Saving Systems
  • International Research Laboratory “Lighting Design for an Urban Environment”
  • Institute of Optical and Digital Systems

School of Translational Information Technologies

  • Information Technologies and Programming Faculty
  • Faculty of Infocommunication Technologies
  • Faculty of Digital Transformation
  • eScience Research Institute
  • Institute of Translational Medicine
  • Institute of Cyber Technologies for Financial Systems
  • Institute of Design & Urban Studies
  • TROIKA: Technology and Research On Information-Driven Knowledge Alliance
  • International Laboratory “Computer Technologies”
  • Laboratory of Quantum Cognition and Intelligent Systems
  • Corporate Laboratory of Human-Machine Interaction Technologies
  • Corporate Laboratory of Complex Digital Solutions

School of Biotechnology and Cryogenic Systems

  • Faculty of Cryogenic Engineering
  • Faculty of Food Biotechnologies and Engineering
  • ChemBio Cluster
  • Infochemistry Scientific Center
  • International Laboratory of Mechanics and Energy Systems
  • Laboratory of Ecology, Technosphere Safety and Metrological Support

Faculty of Technological Management and Innovations

Faculty of Secondary Vocational Education

Higher School of Digital Culture

Military Department

National Center for Cognitive Technologies

Institute of International Development and Partnership

Student Accommodation

ITMO University has several dormitories at its disposal, all conveniently located either within the limits of its “student town” or next to the metro stations in St. Petersburg. All campuses of ITMO University are also located within walking distance to the metro stations.

Once you are officially an ITMO University student you are entitled to use the services of the healthcare clinic located at the main campus of ITMO University – Kronverksky ave, 49. Some of the services include first aid, treatment of a variety of acute illnesses, minor injuries and burns, vaccinations, preventive medicine. The doctor can also make referrals to specialists.

The clinic is open Monday through Friday from 9 am till 3 pm. If you are feeling acutely sick and unable to go to class, please visit the doctor till noon to receive a medical excuse note.

Students and staff are welcome to use sporting facilities on Vyazemski Pereulok, 5/7 free of charge. The sports center consists of a full-size basketball court, a gym with a variety of workout equipment and a climbing wall.

ITMO University also has a Student Sports Club “Kronbars,” which boasts over 20 sports teams, ranging from basketball and soccer to table tennis and cheerleading. It also offers access to individual sports such as yoga and swimming at various facilities around town.

Saint Petersburg City

St Petersburg is a world-renowned city rich in history and culture and a Russia’s cultural capital. It is Russia’s window to Europe and home to many Russia’s leading university. St Petersburg’s architecture is an interesting mix of ages and styles of Rome, Venice, and Amsterdam. It is a city of romance and white nights. It has played a role throughout the history nationally and globally. St Petersburg is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and is well deserving of its status.


Today St Petersburg is an industrial megalopolis and a big seaport. St Petersburg is a city that is constantly transforming its infrastructure performance and is so favored by its position as it is a great center of activity and trade for many our partner countries. It is actively engaged in car industry development (Ford, Toyota, Nissan, Hyundai, GM), marine and shipbuilding industry (Admiralty Shipyard, Baltic Shipyard, North Shipyard, and others), power engineering industry, pharmacy, biotechnology, information and telecommunication technologies.

St Petersburg is home to many universities, with over 90 institutions of higher education and 350 research institutions. Many of them are internationally recognized as their alumni and academics are famous worldwide: outstanding scientists and inventors, prominent people in science, education, and culture globally.

St Petersburg has atmosphere like no other. It is due to its historical mission as a Russia’s cultural capital, diverse research and industrial potential, and artistic splendor. It is generally referred to as a museum under open sky as it inspires by the beauty of its monuments and palaces, squares and prospects, theatres and art galleries.

World Travel Awards announced the 2017 winner for Europe’s Leading City Destination as St Petersburg, Russia, and it marks its status of the world’s most visited city. Little wonder as it regularly holds various social, scientific, and entertaining events, exhibitions, forums, theatre performances, and concerts of brilliant artists and of various genres.

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