Due to its vast resources Siberia has always been and remains the essential region for all of Russia. Where there are resources, there will be industry, and where there is industry, there will always be a need for scientific personnel. Following this simple logic, Novosibirsk Akademgorodok was established in the heart of Siberia, and in a short while Novosibirsk State University became its most  valuable and integral part.
In the late 50s Siberia provided the country with 75% of coal and possessed 80% of its hydropower resources. Siberia quickly became industrial, but science was largely the applied type which did not satisfy the needs. The USSR Academy of Sciences decided there was a need for fundamental science. To pursue fundamental science they needed a new type of professional. They needed a lot of potential employees that corresponded to this new profile. Thus, Novosibirsk State University was born
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From the very outset, the founders of the Siberian Branch of RAS were concerned about the issue of providing the future scientific center with personnel ... In order to have a constant source of replenishment for the Siberian scientific institutions, it was necessary to provide personnel training on the spot. Thus the idea was born to establish a university in Novosibirsk

Ilya Vekua
Academician
Novosibirsk State University is a unique institution, existing in close cooperation with R&D institutions.  There are several dozen of them per 1.5 square km. The model of an academic town with a University was X shown at the World Exhibition in Montreal, and after that it became a model for other academic towns.

The acute need for new scientific staff allowed Novosibirsk State University to occupy a special position: new educational and sports buildings, and dormitories were built very quickly. The academic staff were trained quickly and the university opened even earlier than many of the scientific institutes. The scientists were enthusiasts who felt their development was limited in other large cities. They set out to create Siberia’s most unique educational project. They were the people who decided what Novosibirsk State University should be, defining and defending its principles and mission.


Novosibirsk State University quickly grew. During the first 9 years 900 professionals were trained within its walls. It consisted of 8 departments, was staffed with 270 teachers, and conducted research in 46 sections. The Department of Physics and the Mechanics and Mathematics Department almost immediately spun off the Department of Natural Sciences and just a few years later the Department of Humanities was established as well as the Department of Geology and Geophysics. In 20 years 2000 Novosibirsk State University graduates were working in various institutions of SB USSR AS, and 500 members of the Academy of Sciences were lecturing at the university. The project of merging with academic institutions was a succes.

Novosibirsk State University in motion

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NSU in 60-s years

460
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NSU in 70-s years

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NSU in 80-s years

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NSU in 90-s years

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Outstanding scientists were the founders of Novosibirsk State University

NSU ambience

NSU grew together with Akademgorodok and created the special atmosphere in this scientific community. Top scientists gave lectures at the University. Many applied curricula were new throughout the entire Soviet Union. The remote location from the city center and some secrecy allowed for more freedom not only in scientific activities, but also in life.

Here, in Akademgorodok, the young and talented people who came here were not indifferent to the lives of others. The special status of the scientific center gave students courage. Here and only here, students could challenge the political agenda of the time. It was not safe (participants in political events were expelled from the University or scolded at official meetings), but it was safer than anywhere else. Here in Akademgorodok the desperate protest against the arrest of dissidents Ginzburg, Dobrovolsky, Lashkova and Galanskova was organized, and people showed their dissatisfaction with the invasion of Czechoslovakia.
The high intellectual level of the environment and a relatively high degree of freedom inspired the "anti-Soviet" bard Alexander Galich to give his first and last concert in the USSR at the legendary club "Under the Integral" in 1968 along with other bards.
Students not only liked to listen, but also to perform. The format was not X important. It could be discussions, songs, slogans, meetings, clubs of interest, CFIs. The main thing was to exchange ideas and contribute to the society, and therefore not to remain silent and not X hide your personal opinion. It was the NSU CFI team that told a bold and controversial joke from the stage in 1988. That joke was perceived by the society of perestroika as a metaphor for what was happening in the country, "The Party, let me lead!"

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