Mari State University
Mari State University is a classical university of Mari El Republic, a member of the Volga Region's Association of classical universities, a member of the Russian Association of Classical Universities and the founder of the Association of Finno-Ugric Universities. Mari State University is founded in 1972. Mari State University is one of the most prestigious and effective multi--field universities of the Volga Federal District and Russia. It is an educational, scientific and cultural center at Mari El Republic and it also plays an important role in the socio-economic, political and spiritual development of the region and the country as a whole. In Mari State University there is an effective feedback system which helps the university authorities to take into account the students’ opinions about important decision-making. Mari State University plays a key role in training qualified specialists. Education is carried out in 55 areas and 3 specialities. More than 8,000 students study at the university. Around 2,500 students live in halls of residence. The teaching staff includes about 100 doctors of sciences and professors and 400 candidates of sciences and associate professors. The University campus comprises 7 educational buildings and 8 halls of residence and occupies a total area of 128 000 m2.
Mari State University consists of 6 faculties and 5 institutes that train well-educated specialists for most sectors of the Russian national economy. Mari State University is one of the five founder members of the International Association of Finno-Ugric universities, one of the forty-one members of Russia’s Association of Classical Universities. Student life at Mari State University is so diverse that anyone can find something to his/her liking – scientific communities, interest clubs, sports schools, volunteering, charity work, public work, cultural events, and as a whole – constant movement, development, exchange of experience, and communication with students from other higher educational institutions in Russia and other countries throughout the world. There are student scientific societies in each faculty or institute, with the university's main student scientific society as the center uniting them, which offers participation in youth forums, seminars, and conferences on the city, republican, regional, national, and international levels. This serves as an opportunity for winners to obtain diplomas for their portfolios, and as an opportunity for students to exchange experiences with students from different cities, and to get acquainted with the culture and sights of beautiful cities in Russia and around the world while traveling.