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1894 The start of Alexander-Maria Vocational School’s construction to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the wedding of Emperor Alexander III and his wife Maria Fyedorovna (the historical building of Baikal State University)

1907 The beginning of economic education in the Baikal Region – the opening of the first commercial school in Irkutsk

1912 The opening of the first savings bank of Sberbank of Russia in one of the buildings where now Baikal State University is located

1930 Two floors were added to this building to house The Siberian Institute of Economics and Finance

1944 The Institute started training engineers and technology specialists

1965 The Institute was reorganised into the Institute of National Economy, which became a pillar of regional multisector economic development in Eastern Siberia and the Far East and Mongolia

1975 The Institute started training specialists in Sociology

1978 The Department of Mathematical Methods and Computing Devices was established. It later developed into the Department of Information Systems

1988 The Institute started training specialists in Public Administration

1989 The Department of Commerce introduced a new programme, i.e. East Asia Economy, which offered an advanced course in oriental languages

1993 The Law Department was founded

1998 The University started training specialists in Journalism and Linguistics

1999 First students enrolled to major in Psychology

2000 The University launched Master’s degree programmes in Economics, Law, Management and Social Work

2011 The University started training Bachelors in Forestry, Cadaster and Land Management

2015 The University became a classical university – Baikal State University

2016 First enrollment for Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes in Linguistics. After a 50-year break, the university resumed training specialists in Agriculture


  • There are branches of the university in Bratsk and Ust-Ilimsk as well as the Institute in Chita
  • Baikal University’s College in Irkutsk is the largest institution of secondary-level vocational training in the region
  • Colleges of Commerce in Chita and Bratsk
  • 15,000 students
  • Over 300 PhD students, 2 Post-Doctoral Degree Councils
  • 850 faculty members, including 98 professors with post-doctoral degrees and 421 teachers with PhDs
  • 30 beautifully designed buildings with modern equipment and faculties to train 15,000 students
  • Leisure centre for students (movie theatre)
  • Unified network with the Internet access, library with 1bn books, 6 reading halls and an electronic library system
  • Publishing house
  • 10 research journals
  • TV studio