Altai State Medical University was founded in 1954. The University is located in Barnaul, Russia. Barnaul is the administrative center of Altai Krai, located along the Ob River in the West Siberian Plain. At the end of 2014, the city had a population of around 700,000 people. The establisher of the University is the Russian Federation. Full powers of the establisher conduct the Ministry of Health of Russia. Altai State Medical University is recognized by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. It is a state-financed organization, established in accordance with the applicable Laws of the Russian Federation. In 1960, there took place the first graduation of doctors. In 1975, the Institute added pharmaceutical faculty that progressively grows, and in 1998 at the Faculty of powerful office opened Distance learning. In 1990, the first students took the Dental Faculty. What is more, in 2002 opened a University Dental Clinic, and there has been developed the most advanced technology of dental restoration. The University is rapidly developing and increasing the volume of training. In 1993, the Center of Continuing Education, opened own system of certification of medical specialists. In 1994 Altai State Medical Institute was renamed to Altai State Medical University. In 2001, the University offered medical-prophylactic faculty and in 2004 was established the Faculty of Higher Nursing Education. Since 1967, the University has a specialized council for defense of candidate, from 1995 - doctoral theses. The University has trained more than 20 000 graduates. Academic staff of the University consists of more than 100 doctors and 350 candidates of science.
The University offers a wide variety of interests for students to join or attend and realize their creative potential.The extra-curricular work in the University is coordinated by the Department of the Educational and Extracurricular Activities. Our students can realize their leading potential and offer themselves as monitors of students groups, organizers of sports or cultural events. They can initiate sports, cultural and work activities of groups, and holiday’s celebrations. So they can join Students League, a social organization of the Altai State University students. The Department of Educational and Extracurricular activities give the opportunities to share ideas about organizing leisure time and to join interests groups. It is open to suggestions and comments of our students, and serves to discover new talents. The University student club Legion organizes amateur performances, where all volunteers can realize their creative potential and skills. It also provides information about concerts, competitions and festivals held at the university and in the city. Students who are good at drawing, writing (poetry, prose, informational and entertaining articles), doing graphics and photography can always realize their potential in a number of clubs available at the university. There is a club of poetry and bards called Strings of the Heart. An annual competition Poetic Debut is held every year. A photo contest is held for students fond of photography. Students can also try themselves in the university newspaper For Science and take part in publishing of photomontages and wall newspapers. Our students can take part in sports events organized by the sports club University. It offers a wide variety of sections. Students can also initiate a new specific section.