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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

Wednesday, Sept. 3


Although the Peter and Paul Fortress sand sculptures are more central and therefore more visible to the throngs of tourists, the 300th Anniversary Park of St. Petersburgs own collection closes today. The World Collection of Sand Sculptures that have been on display at the park reaches its final day, so fans of the classic beach activity should get there while they can.



Thursday, Sept. 4


Vladimir I. Danchenkov, Head of Baltic Customs, will be in attendance during AmChams Customs and Transportation Committee Meeting convening this afternoon at the organizations office near St. Isaacs Square at 3 p.m.



Friday, Sept. 5


Scrabble lovers and chess masters get their chance to assert their intellectual dominance at the return of the British Book Centers Board Game Evenings tonight. Held weekly on Friday nights, the event gives both board game lovers and those hoping to improve their English the chance to meet, greet and compete. Check out the centers VK page for more details.



Saturday, Sept. 6


Athletes will relish the chance to get the latest gear and try out something new at I Choose Sport, an annual event at Lenexpo forum that plans to welcome more than 30,000 people this week to the international exhibition center. Not only will visitors get to try their hand at various athletic endeavors but they will also be able to peruse equipment that can fulfill their dreams of becoming a champion.


Local KHL team SKA St. Petersburg open their season this evening at home against Lokomotiv Yarovslavl at the Ice Palace arena next to the Prospekt Bolshevikov metro station. See their website for a full schedule and available tickets.



Sunday, Sept. 7


Check out retro and antique cars at Fort Konstantin on Kronstadt Island in the Gulf of Finland at FORTuna, a yearly car festival that highlights the eccentricities of the Soviet automobile industry. A car race, contests and a stunt show will give visitors a chance to rev their engines.



Monday, Sept. 8


This evening marks the opening of the two-week ballet festival High Season at the Mikhailovsky Theater. Check the theaters website for more details about performances and featured dancers.



Tuesday, Sept. 9


Discuss the latest news and issues at the AmCham Hazardous Waste Management Roundtable this morning in the Tango Conference Hall of the Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge on Birzhevoy Pereulok. Starting at 9 a.m., planned topics include the Krasny Bor landfill and waste transportation between Russia and Finland.


Learn more about the citys modern architectural trends at the SPIBA Real Estate and Construction Committees meeting on the topic Contemporary Petersburg Style: What is It? Participants will get the chance to discuss whats in-demand with RBI Holdings Irina Petrova and Lubava Pryanikova, and the current state of the local real estate market. Please confirm your attendance by Sept. 5 through SPIBAs website if you wish to attend.



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