St.Petersburg Polytechnic University was founded in 1899. Recently SPbPU became "National Research University", also known in Russia and abroad as Polytechnical Institute — a recognized Russian and world-wide leader in the field of higher engineering and economic education. Currently it also remains at the leading positions in the rating of Russian engineering higher educational institutions.
At the present time in SPbSPU there are 30197 students and postgraduates, 3056 of them are foreign citizens from 98 countries who annually study at different SPbSPU programs. The University is carrying out education in the following areas: engineering, physics, economics, humanities and information technologies.
The University trains specialists in 38 Bachelor Degree programs and 188 Master Degree programs, 90 PhD programs and 90 Doctorate programs. In addition, in SPbPU there are a number of non-degree and international educational programs.
In 2007 SPbSPU won a contest "Innovation University" financed in the framework of the national project "Education". In 2010 SPbSPU gained the status "National Research University". Nowadays SPbPU develops as a new type research university, which integrates multidisciplinary R&D activities and advanced technologies for rising national economics competitiveness.
The University is proud of its longstanding traditions of international cooperation with many foreign educational institutions, research organizations and industrial companies in the field of education and science. Among the University partners there are more than 327 universities, 131 scientific and research institutions and 172 companies from over 55 countries.
In the University there are more than 20 international research centers that are carrying out joint research together with the companies Motorola, Microsoft, AT&T, Siemens, LG "Electronics", Apple Macintosh and others.