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Students Eager for New Campus

Construction on the project is due to be phased in over a period from 2017 to 2037.

Published: February 27, 2014 (Issue # 1799)



  • Kudrovo, near St. Petersburg, will be the location for a proposed new campus expected to house 35,000 students.
    Photo: wikimedia commons

The Leningrad Oblast government has signed off on a proposed campus for 35,000 students in Kudrovo, an area near the Ulitsa Dybenko metro station. The project is currently in the development stage.

A memorandum, which also acted as a declaration of intent, was signed by the government of Leningrad Oblast, NAI Becar and two St. Petersburg universities the Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping and the St. Petersburg State University of Economics (which unites the St. Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance, the St. Petersburg State University of Engineering and Economics and the St. Petersburg State University of Service and Economics).

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Leningrad Oblast will provide a plot of land free of charge in Kudrovo. The property, which occupies 326 hectares, is mostly forest and developers hope to be able to start working on it by spring 2014. The exact borders of the proposed site are yet to be determined.

A lack of facilities for students has been a problem in St. Petersburg for many years. Although the citys universities have tried to build accommodation for students on several occasions, all of the projects have failed for varying reasons.

For Makarov University, this new project is its third attempt to create a new campus for its student body. Currently, the university buildings are scattered throughout the city, from the Kirovsky district to Vasilievsky Island, and from the Nevsky district to Strelna. At the same time, few of the buildings are able to provide both accommodation and study areas, acknowledged Igor Dedenko, the pro-rector for development at St. Petersburg State University. With such a variety of buildings, the maintenance cost cannot be reduced and managing them is becoming a problem for the school.

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St. Petersburg State University has also worked long and hard to solve the problem. In 1969, a decision was made to move the entire university into a newly constructed complex in Peterhof. However, the university remains divided into separate areas with some buildings on Vasilievsky Island, some near Smolny and facilities in the Petrodvortsovy district, which is several hours from the city center. In addition, a new campus for the Graduate School of Management has been built on the Petergofskaya doroga.

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ALL ABOUT TOWN

Thursday, Aug. 28


Learn more about the citys upcoming municipal elections during the presentation of the project Road Map for the Municipal Elections being presented this evening in the conference hall on the third floor of Biblioteka at 21 Nevsky Prospekt. Steve Kaddins, a coordinator for Beautiful St. Petersburg, which gives residents an online forum to lodge complaints about infrastructure problems in the city, will be on hand to answer any questions. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and is open to all.



Friday, Aug. 29


Park Pobedy will feature the sights and sounds of the world outside of Russia during the Open Art International Festival today. Taste foreign cuisine, learn how to make tea like the Chinese or relax in a hammock during the free event. Although entrance is free, you must register beforehand if you wish to attend.



Saturday, Aug. 30


Break out the tweed and channel your inner Englishman during the English Hunt Picnic this afternoon organized by the Bagmut stables from Krasny Bor in the Leningrad Oblast. Equestrian stunts, English archery and classic hunting fashion will all be available to visitors hoping to live like the characters in Downton Abbey if only for a day. Tickets for the event cost 7,900 rubles ($219.40).


Bookworms will have their chance to swap out well-read classics for something new for their bookshelves at Knigovorot, a free book exchange that will be held in the Yusupov Garden on Sadovaya Ulitsa today. Come for the chance to get a new book or take the opportunity to discuss the literary merits of your favorite authors with fellow fans.



Sunday, Aug. 31


The Neva Delta International Blues Festival wraps up this afternoon on Vasilevsky Island with a concert featuring not only some of Russias best blues bands but international stars as well. Admission is free for all three days of the festival, which begins on Aug. 29, and the shows starting at 5 p.m. each day.



Monday, Sept. 1


Today marks the beginning of Lermontov-Fest, a fall festival celebrating the life of one of Russias most remarkable poets who, in a fate eerily similar to Pushkins, was killed in a duel at the age of 26. Organized by the Lermontov Library System, the next several months will see art exhibitions, concerts and public lectures focusing on the Lermontovs short yet prolific career. Check the Lermontov Library Systems website for more details.



Tuesday, Sept. 2


Join expats and practice your Russian during the Russian Clubs weekly meetings every Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. The club is free to participate in although you need to be a registered member of Couchsurfing.



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