Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University (IKBFU)
Year of foundation: 1947
Total students: 7,000 / International students: 687
Acting rector: Alexander Fedorov
A most innovative university, the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University (IKBFU) strives to maintain and spread the academic and research traditions of its predecessor, the Albertina University of Königsberg.
The Albertina, one of the oldest universities in Europe, had a 460-year history. I. Kant, J. Hamann, J. Herder, F.W. Bessel, K. Jacobi, F. Linderman, А. Gurvits, D. Hilbert and H. Helmholtz taught at the Albertina University. К. Donelaitis, the founder of Lithuanian literature, studied theology there. E.T.A. Hoffman, the famous writer and composer, attended lectures in philosophy at Albertina.
Albertina’s greatest professor was Immanuel Kant, the world-famous philosopher, and, as some scholars claim, a Russian citizen for some time. The name of Immanuel Kant forever linked the city of Königsberg and the Albertina University with the global history of culture and became the trademark for the region.
Today, the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University is a driver of the complex development of the Kaliningrad exclave.
Kaliningrad geopolitics – its proximity to both borders and the sea – determine the University’s research profile, its student geography, scientific collaborations and partnership networks.
The University mission is to is to develop interdisciplinary research and education answering global and local agendas that will serve as the basis for critical reflection and social engineering for the benefit of humanity.
The University pursues the strategic goal of becoming a recognized center of research, education, expertize and analytics in the field of applied philosophy, complex development of special territories and ecosystems, and sustainable development of the exclave region of Russia.Research
- Baltic studies and human geography studies
- Classical and applied philosophy
- X-ray Optics
- Marine microbiology
- Applied engineering technology
International collaboration and partnerships
The Baltic region serves as a natural integration environment for the westernmost Russian University. 27 international projects with the total budget of more than 5 million euros have been recently implemented in partnership with the Baltic Sea region countries. Over the years, an informal partnership of Baltic universities formed around a number of similar characteristics: shared research agenda, compact size, similar organizational structure and focus on addressing the challenges of the region.
The University is a member of international research and academic networks and participates in various Megascience projects.
Over 480 international students from Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany and other countries of Europe, Asia and America study at the university. Each year, over 300 international students come to IKBFU to participate in different forms of academic exchange and short-term training. Over 160 partnership agreements have been concluded, half of them aimed at implementing education and research projects and international mobility programmes.
IKBFU successfully carries out international network projects in the Baltic Sea region, including those focusing on the Russian language in countries with a Russian-speaking population.