Tula State University (TSU) is the biggest state university in Tula. Since May 2006 its rector is Mikhail Gryazev, professor, doctor of technical sciences. More than 20,000 students, 400 postgraduates, and 600 foreign students from 30 countries study at Tula State University. The university consists of nine faculties, a medical institute, a center of pre-university studies, a regional center for professional development, and 73 departments.
The university prepares graduates in 150 areas and specialties of military-technical, technological, mining, computer-information, natural science, economic, legal, social, humanitarian and medical profiles. More than 1,200 teachers, including 237 doctors of science, professors and 717 candidates of science and associate professors, are training.
The university trains mathematicians, mechanics, chemists, psychologists, political scientists, historians, archivists, theologians, linguists, translators, lawyers, sociologists, doctors, specialists in physical culture and sports, designers, economists, managers, architects, teachers, including high schools, specialists highly qualified candidates and doctors of science.
The Regional Center for Professional Development and Retraining of Administrative Workers and Specialists at Tula State University has more than 2,400 students.
The university scientific library contains more than 1.5 million books. There are several reading halls, an Internet-room, a digital library. A laboratory of computer technologies has started. e-book and virtual laboratory projects have been created by the faculty members and students of the university.
In 2005 the university was awarded the Certificate of Honor by the President of the Russian Federation for its contribution to the education of specialists and the development of science. In 2007 TSU received the Russian Federation Government Award for Education.
The university staff headed by rector Mikhail Gryazev received a State Award for the project called Regional University Educational and Pedagogical Complex of Innovative Educational Technologies Used in Training Specialists for High-technological Production in Defense Industry. Alexander Agubechirovich Khadartsev, the director of the Medical Institute, received a State Award for the scientific research called The Use of Neuron Network Technologies in Educational Process.
The university scientific work includes:
- research supported through grants,
- research carried out in accordance with the economic contracts,
- preparation of specialists of higher qualification (post-graduate studies),
- cooperation with institutes and scientific centers of the Russian Academy of Sciences,
- patent and license activity,
- participation in conferences and exhibitions,
- organization of students’ scientific work,
- publication of monographs and other scientific publications.
There are 10 Doctoral Dissertation Councils and 4 Ph.D. Dissertation Councils which cover 35 specialties. 12-15 doctoral students and 75-85 Ph.D. students annually defend their dissertations.