Founded in 1878, TSU was the first Russian university in Siberia and the Far East. It is currently one of the largest universities in Russia and holds the status of national research university.
TSU has more than 15,000 students and its the academic staff includes over 238 Doctors of Sciences and 563 Candidates of Sciences, including 51 winners of the State Prize of Russia in Science and Technology.
TSU has 20 departments, 135 fields and subjects and 42 research schools.
Since 2019, the university has been in the top 300 in the overall QS World University rankings and in the top 20 of the QS World University Rankings: BRICS (fourth among Russian universities).
7 centres of excellence have been created by the university – modern laboratories employing 107 researchers from 12 countries, including Nobel Prize winners Jorez Alferov, Thierry Callagan and Harald zur Hauzen.