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History of Far Eastern State Transport University

FESTU. The Bird’s Eye ViewFESTU. The Bird’s Eye ViewFESTU was originally established as the Khabarovsk Institute of Railway Engineers (KhabIIZhT) on September 8th, 1937. It was the first technical college in the Soviet Far East aimed at training of qualified personnel for the railroads of the East Siberian and Far Eastern regions of Russia.


Historical milestones:

September 1st 1939 – Khabarovsk Institute of Railway Engineers accepted first intake of students.

July 29th 1944 – the first 84 graduates received their diplomas of engineers in leading specialties: construction of railways, locomotives and locomotive stock, traffic and freight transportation.

September 1967 – Faculty of professional development was established at FESTU in order to retrain managerial personnel of Far Eastern Railways.

1993 – KhabIIZhT was reorganized in Far Eastern State Transport Academy (FESTA).

1997 – FESTA was promoted a rank of university and renamed into Far Eastern State Transport University (FESTU).

Nowadays FESTU is the largest polytechnical university in the Russian Far East. The University consists of 9 institutes and 5 faculties in Khabarovsk, and has branch offices in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Tynda, Svobodny, Ussuriysk and Neryungri.

The GraduatesThe GraduatesOver 23,000 students are studying at FESTU today. The University provides comfortable environment for research work and studying. The book fund of the university library is regularly updated and now numbers more than 1.2 million copies. The University has well-developed sport facilities: 7 gyms, track-and-field arena, swimming pool, climbing wall, stadium and grounds for outdoor sports. The University has 5 comfortable hostels for students and graduate students.

Teaching staff of the University exceeds 700 people. The majority of the university teachers have scientific degrees and titles, including more than 100 doctors and professors. Leading scientists of the University have established scientific schools of their own.

The Far Eastern State Transport University trains highly qualified specialists in the spheres of transport, energy supply, construction, management and economy. Graduates of the University design and build modern machines and equipment, control transportation process, are engaged in commercial activities in transport and provide international transportations, develop automated control and design systems and build railways, engineering structures and power supply facilities.

The University has a license for training specialists of the following levels of higher education: bachelors, masters and certified specialists.

The University has graduate schools in 45 specialties and 12 branches of science, doctorate in 4 specialties and 3 branches of science. In recent years 6 doctoral dissertation councils for physics, philosophy, economics, psychology, pedagogy and technical sciences has been opened at the University.

Science education at FESTU is a well-structured process. It is one of the best in the Russian Far East. The University has all necessary conditions for every student who has a will for research work.

FESTU is famous for its laboratories and research centers, such as diagnostic lab, laboratory of non-destructive control methods, “Bases and Foundations” research lab, research center “Energy Audit”, research centers of fiber-optic communications, microprocessor control systems, research and innovation center “Resource”, “Technolog” research center, psycho-diagnostic center and information security lab, which has the best equipment in the region. The new center “Vostoktranssertifikatsiya” has been opened. Its main tasks are consulting services, training and certification of works and services for production and use of materials.

“Innovation Center” that was established in cooperation with the university partners is now effectively functioning. It has been organized for servicing high-tech products and promoting them on the market. The first success of this center was signing contracts with the Khabarovsk Union of Entrepreneurs and South Korean corporation “Halla Conkrete”. A significant contribution of the university to the innovative development of the Far Eastern region is confirmed with the diplomas, gold and silver medals received during different exhibitions: “High Technologies. Innovation. Investments”, “The 8th Moscow Salon of Innovations and Investments”, The 12th International Salon of Industrial Property “Archimedes “.

From 2004, the University publishes scientific-theoretical journal “The Humanities & Social Studies in the Far East”. The International editorial board of the journal includes leading researchers from the USA, Japan, China, Spain and Australia.

During the past five years FESTU held more than 50 scientific symposia, conferences and seminars, most of them were international. In October 2009 the 3rd International Symposium of European and Asian Railway Universities was held. It brought together participants from 12 countries and established new levels of international cooperation.

In 2007 FESTU won the “Golden Chariot”, National Prize of Russian transport industry in the prestigious nomination “The Leader of Russian Science in the Field of Transport and Education”.