New Year’s Greetings from SUSU Rector Aleksandr Shestakov!

Dear academics, administrative staff, postgraduates, students, and graduates of South Ural State University!

My most sincere greetings to you on the new year of 2019!

The anniversary year filled with milestone events is over. We have honoured the 75th Anniversary of our university. The glorious history of the SUSU development was documented in a book titled South Ural State University (Golden Pages).

Our university has always complied with the set requirements and responded to the challenges of the times. In the years of the Great Patriotic War the scientists of our institute were making maximum effort to develop the armoured vehicles industry, the centre of which was located in the Ural region back then. Today our university is in command of one of the biggest supercomputers in the Russian Federation. We are training specialists capable of solving multiple tasks by means of using parallel computations.

We have long been working on the issues of digital industry thanks to our collaboration with Emerson Corporation, the world’s leader in automation. Today we are at the start of the Russia-scale projects with regard to this field. Our cooperation has resulted in big foreign investments made into the high technology productions in the Chelyabinsk Region.

In 2018, for the first time in Russia, we held an international Global Smart Industry forum. Our partner is Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works, and our collaboration with them will become a base for creation of a government system for supporting the digital industry.

In 2018 we implemented project-based education. All the projects were elaborated and are now being fulfilled jointly with our industrial partners. The projects are optimised for two years, and are implemented into the Master’s and elite education programmes. This is a whole new level for education.

Today we are setting serious midterm tasks before ourselves. Solving them will improve our standing in the world’s rankings.

Dear friends! Thank you for your devotion to our university, for your successes in work and science. Smooth and efficient work has allowed us to achieve significant results. New laboratories were opened, new fields of research activity were launched, and new formats of international partnership were discovered. We are striving to become one of the top world-class universities and are making great advances on our way towards this strategic goal. Together we are not only carefully looking into the future, but we are confidently moving forward.

In this coming year I sincerely wish you all new discoveries, victories and achievements, as well as good health and wellbeing! May all your dreams come true! May every new day be more interesting and more successful than the one before it! Peace and love to all your families!

Happy new promising year, my friends!


SUSU Rector Aleksandr Shestakov
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