World-Class Russian Education!

The goal of Project 5-100 is to maximize the competitive position of a group of leading Russian universities in the global research and education market.




ITMO University (ITMO)

Year of foundation: 1900

Location: St. Petersburg

Total students: 11,100 / International students: 1,600

Faculties: 13 / Departments: 66

Faculty: 1,300

Rector: Vladimir Vasilyev


ITMO University is the leading Russian university in the field of information and photonic technologies. ITMO is the alma mater of winners of numerous international programming competitions holding a world record by the number of wins at ICPC (the only seven-time world champions). 

Its 13 international research centers generate advanced knowledge and bring top innovative ideas to the market through an established system of R&D support. ITMO University  boasts one of the leading startup infrastructures in Russia. 

ITMO University’s mission is to prepare its graduates for the challenges of the 21st century.

ITMO University strives to support the international academic and innovative environment, as well as interdisciplinary scholarship opportunities.

The Nature magazine featured ITMO in its Index of Rising Stars. The university was also awarded a  UNESCO Medal "For Contributions to the Development of Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies".


• Translational Information technologies
• Photonics
• Robotics
• Quantum Communication
• Bioinformatics
• Solution chemistry and advanced materials
• Art & Science
• Urban Studies
• Science
• Communication


43 International research centers form the university's R&D hub in the core competence areas:

  • Advanced Materials, Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology
  • IT in Economics, Social Sciences and Arts
  • Intelligent Technologies and Robotics
  • Life Sciences and Health
  • Natural Sciences
  • Optics and Photonics

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