Irkutsk State Agrarian University named after A.A. Ezhevsky was established in 1934 as Irkutsk Agricultural Institute. It was located in the old building in Timiryazev Street, 59 and consisted of four faculties: agronomy, zoo technology, veterinary and agricultural mechanization. At that time Irkutsk State Agrarian University was the only agrarian university on the territory of Eastern Siberia.
In 1957 the Institute began training the citizens of the Mongolian People’s Republic for the highest qualifications, and in 1973 the personnel of the Ministry of Agriculture and scientific-pedagogical employees of the Mongolian People’s Republic practiced at the Institute for the first time.
The next development stage of the University was the construction of new academic buildings and dormitories, so the University gradually acquired a modern look.
In 1979 the University opened the Chita affiliation for part-time education and in 2000 it became ZabaikalskyAgrarian Institute. In 1996 Irkutsk Agricultural Institute got the status of the Academy. In 2002 the Academy became Irkutsk State Academy of Agriculture.
For 80 years the University trained about 50,000 professionals for agricultural and industrial complex in Siberia and other regions of Russia as well as for other countries. The graduates of the University work successfully in Russia and abroad.
For a great and effective educational work as well as for significant scientific activities the University was awarded the Order of Red Banner of Labor of the Mongolian People’s Republic in 1984 and in 1985 it got the Order of Friendship of Peoples.
Through the history, the University trained more than 550 highly-qualified specialists for foreign countries: Kazakhstan, Mongolia, China, Afghanistan, Syria, Bulgaria, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Vietnam, Uzbekistan etc. Among them there are the graduates who became leading specialists in the field of agriculture. Here are the examples:
Kh. Khurmetkhan – Deputy Minister of Finances, Mongolia;
Ya.Oyunbileg – Main specialist for agricultural politics of Darkhan-Uul area, Mongolia;
I.Khanymkhan – Specialist of Ministry of Finances and others, Mongolia.
Now Irkutsk State Agricultural University named after A.A. Ezhevsky is a modern multidisciplinary university with strong human, scientific and educational potential. Irkutsk SAU consists of 5 institutions: Zabaikal Agrarian Institute, Institute of Economics, Management and Applied Informatics, Institute of natural resource management, Institute of additional professional education and Institute of physical culture, sport and healthy lifestyle. There are 4 faculties of: agronomy, biotechnology and veterinary medicine, engineering and energy; a college of motor transport and agricultural technologies.
The university has multi-level system of education: secondary vocational education, higher education (bachelor’s degree, specialist’s degree, master’s degree) and PhD. Irkutsk SAU trains specialists for 59 basic educational programs: 20specialties of higher education including 18 directions of bachelor’s degree, 12 directions of master’s degree and 10 specialties of vocational education, and also 7 scientific specialties. In addition, university trains specialists in the field of additional professional education (APE), provides training in professional retraining programs (over 500 class hours) and professional development.
Irkutsk SAU has a highly qualified teaching staff of which 77% have PhD and Doctors of science degrees. The quantity of students is about 7 500, including more than 200 international students from Mongolia, China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, USA, Germany and Republic of Korea. Annually International students from Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, France and Mongolia do the exchange practice at the University.
University has a famous museum founded at 1950 with hundreds of exceptional exhibits of wild animal and birds are represented. University has some places intended for outdoor practice situated in the wildlife area near Lake Baikal. University’s campus guarantees the comfortable and safe communities as it is situated outside of the city, in the environment-friendly country. University has 9 student’s dorms, a good gymnasium and a stadium, weight-room and a tennis court, swimming pool, skiing center, student’s cafeterias.
Irkutsk SAU is a member of some international societies and organizations such as:
Faculties of Irkutsk State Agricultural Academy:
Students are offered to live in well heated and fully furnished comfortable rooms. Accommodation facilities for students are organized on the sharing basis. There are twin – and triple – rooms. Male and female students live separately on the different floors. All the hostels for students are protected by the police. There are special rooms for students where they can socialize, have fun and make new friends. All the rooms are provided with a bed, mattress, pillow, blanket, desk, chair, heater, and lighting, suitable for both: study and relaxation, as well as the Internet access and telephone for students to get in touch with their close friends and relatives.
Irkutsk is a city located in Eastern Siberia in Russia, the administrative center of Irkutsk Oblast, one of the largest cities in Siberia. Founded in 1661, Irkutsk is included in the list of historical settlements of Russia.
Irkutsk – Features
Irkutsk is a unique, old city, the capital of Eastern Siberia. located on the banks of the Angara River in the immediate vicinity of the reservoir formed by the dam of the Irkutsk Hydroelectric Power Station, about 76 from Lake Baikal. The nearest large city is Ulan-Ude located 457 km east of Irkutsk, on the other side of Lake Baikal. The distance to Moscow is about 5,200 km.
The Angara River divides Irkutsk into the right-bank and left-bank parts. The length of the river within the city is 29 km, the width under the Old Angara Bridge in the city center is about 300 meters; there are more than 30 islands on the river.
The climate of Irkutsk is sharply continental with significant daily and annual fluctuations in air temperature. Winter is cold, long and lasts more than 5 months (from late October to early April). The coldest month of the year is January, the average temperature is minus 17.8 degrees Celsius. Summer in the first half is hot and dry, in the second half there are heavy rains. The warmest month is July, the average temperature is plus 18.3 degrees Celsius.
Irkutsk is a large industrial center of Eastern Siberia. “Irkutskenergo” is one of the largests energy companies in Russia with 3 hydroelectric power stations of the Angara River cascade with a capacity of 9 GW, thermal power plants with a capacity of 3.9 GW, as well as coal mines and regional heating systems. Irkutsk Hydroelectric Power Station produces 4.1 billion kWh per year.
The leading industrial enterprise of the city is the Irkutsk Aviation Plant, which gave the name to the current Russian aircraft manufacturing corporation “Irkut”. The plant produces military and civil aircraft and employs about 12 thousand people. Irkutsk Heavy Engineering Plant manufactures gold mining, mining and processing, and metallurgical equipment.
Irkutsk is one of the largest scientific and educational centers of Siberia. The city has a branch of the Siberian Department of the Russian Academy of Sciences with a network of scientific institutes and a number of universities, in which about 100 thousand students study.
Tourism in Irkutsk is mainly transit on the way to Lake Baikal. Foreign tourists stay in the city on average 1.5-2 days, most of them are travelers from China, Germany, and Japan. About 70% of tourists come in the summer season.
Across the left bank of the Angara, the federal highway “Baikal” Novosibirsk-Chita passes through the city. Irkutsk is the railway junction of the Trans-Siberian Railway. Irkutsk International Airport provides flights to Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, Novosibirsk, Yakutsk. Public transport includes buses, trolleybuses, trams.
On the coat of arms of Irkutsk you can see a “babr” holding a sable in its mouth. From the 17th century, the word “babr” was used to name the Amur tiger inhabiting the Baikal region. There is an interesting story with this word.
In 1859, a large-scale reform of Russian heraldry was launched in order to correct errors accumulated over time. However, it led to new errors. The word “babr” was mostly known to local residents and the people involved in the reform decided that it was just a mistake in the Russian word “bobr” (meaning “beaver”) and approved the new description of the coat of arms of Irkutsk – a beaver holding a sable in its mouth.
However, not a single image was painted of the Irkutsk coat of arms with a beaver holding a sable in its mouth. Instead, the tiger received a large beaver tail and webbed hind legs and turned into a new, mythical animal.
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