The University core competencies lie in the area of engineering and applied sciences. TPU is a research university with a strong tradition of excellence in the areas of physics, applied engineering, and electronics. Recently, TPU added nanotechnologies and alternative energy to its research portfolio. Tomsk Polytechnic University annual research budget of $30 million ranks second among technical and engineering schools in the country. Roughly ten percent of funding comes from international sources; being the second one in this category. Research activity is strongly supported by investment in infrastructure: our daily budget on equipment purchases tops $20,000.
The Tomsk University is one and only academic institution in Russiaoperating a nuclear reactor on campus for educational purposes. The nuclear facility has been operational since 1967, and it played a major role in the research effort.
The research and engineering schools offer a wide variety of degrees and programs, and there are about 14,000 students enrolled.
TPU maintains a placement system which connects graduates with prospective employers. In 2015, the university career fair played host to 105 employers, and 7,000 of our students participated in internship programs. As a result, 95 percent of our graduates had job offers at graduation. Finally, TPU has developed an excellent ecosystem that allows new talent to flourish within innovative research programs and collaborations - TPU is ranked second in the number of student publications in Russia.
The TPU programs thrive through collaboration with other academic institutions and industry. The University is a member of Conceiving - Designing - Implementing - Operating (CDIO) framework, originally launched by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research (CESAER). TPU is also an associate member at Consortium Linking Universities of Science and Technology for Education and Research (CLUSTER), which serves as an umbrella for twelve European universities focusing on science and engineering.
We offer a number of double degree programs through partnership agreements with schools in Germany, France, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, and others. Over 3,000 international students are enrolled in programs, making Tomsk Polytechnic University a multicultural institution. A number of multi-national companies - Microsoft, Danfoss, Lapp Group, SolidWorks - operate research units on our campus.