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Saratov was founded in 1590 as a sentry fortress on the borders of Russia.
Due to its advantageous geographical position Saratov became a provincial industrial center as early as the end of the 19th century.
The city is a port on Russia’s greatest river, the Volga, and is situated at the crossroads of the trade routes connecting the center of Russia with the Urals and the south.

The unique confluence of European cultures influenced the city’s architecture. In the city centre, a large number of private residences and administrative buildings built in the nineteenth and beginning of twentieth centuries in provincial modernist, pseudo-Gothic and Moscow baroque styles have been preserved.
Among the landmarks of modern Saratov is one of the longest bridges in Europe 2.8 kilometers long.
Saratov is one of Russia’s chief cultural and scholastic centres. There are ten institutions of higher education in the city: among them are Saratov State University, Saratov State Technical University, Saratov State Medical University, Saratov State Law Academy and Saratov State Conservatory.
Presently there are five theatres in Saratov (including the Academic Drama Theatre, the Chernyshevsky Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet and the Young Spectator’s Theatre), and four museums - the Local History museum and the Radishchev Art Museum which possesses an extraordinarily rich collection of old Russian, Western European, Russian avant-garde and Soviet era art.

Saratov State Technical University (SSTU) is one of the biggest educational and scientific centers across the Volga region and Russia alike.
According to the ranking conducted by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation SGTU ranks among the top 10 technical and technological universities in Russia.
SSTU was established as the Automotive and Road Engineering Institute in 1930. It was renamed Polytechnic Institute in 1960, and was granted the status of the university in 1992.
Today SSTU is an educational and scientific complex which enrolls 24, 365 undergraduates and employs about 1,006 professors and faculty members. The complex includes 17 academic departments, 97 chairs with 50 branch offices at the leading local enterprises, 3 institutes, 5 educational and research centers, 2 colleges, 2 lyceums, and 3 branch establishments in Saratov region.

SSTU students are awarded an Engineer’s degree in 56 specialization areas expanding beyond Engineering, Computing and Physical Sciences into such fields as Economics, Social Sciences, Ecology, etc.
The University graduates are among the most competitive on the labor market.
One of SSTU’s greatest assets is its faculty who possess significant professional experience and enhance the amount and quality of innovation research. Currently 254 SSTU faculty members have a Doctor’s degree and 864 faculty members have a Candidate of Science degree.
SSTU researchers conduct their innovative activities in 11 branches of knowledge and 24 cutting edge lines of research.

The resources of the University are comprehensive and advanced. The SSTU campus includes 11 buildings with specialized R&D laboratories, computer classrooms, and a library containing about 2 million volumes and periodicals which provide access to research materials published in foreign languages. The University offers sporting facilities and a club to support the students’ creative activities.

Since 1990 SSTU has been successfully participating in international projects. Many students are involved in various international educational programs.
SSTU participated in the following European projects:
- 12 TEMPUS-projects launched in cooperation with the leading European universities in France, Germany, Great Britain, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Portugal, Poland, Estonia, Belgium, Greece, and Ireland;
- 2 BRIDGE projects aimed at developing joint curricula for
1) “Hospitality Management” (conducted in partnership with the University of Brighton, UK; and
2) “Web-based Technologies” (conducted in cooperation with the University of the West of England, UK.

International educational centre APTECH provides professional computer education in such areas as programming, Internet technologies, computer networks, computer graphics and animation.

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