Baku State University
University description (as per official university website)
Baku State University is known as a leader of educational institutions, has a rich history and today it is known as one of the most famous scientific and educational centers of Azerbaijan Republic. The University has been the center of thought and national thinking. Azerbaijan’s famous politician, Heydar Aliyev and thousands of well-known scientists, intellectuals, and outstanding diplomats were graduated from this university.
According to the decree of our national leader Heydar Aliyev dated June 13, 2000, the university got the status of autonomy, and began to implement its activity on the basis of its own statute.
Today, Baku state University offers students 16 majors with 55 bachelor and 153 master degrees.
Every year, thousands of young people do their best to pass difficult competition, to enter the Baku State University: the competition is 3 persons per place of the faculty; sometimes it reaches 10 persons per place of the certain faculty. Every year 40 of the 100 best entrants, are awarded by the president of Azerbaijan Republic for their high results in education to “presidential grant” on behalf of BSU. Lately, in the university are prepared professionals in such new specialties as inspectorate of earth crust and ground structure, soil cadastre, German language, german literature etc. The University takes care of its students providing labs and auditoriums equipped with necessary material and technicial basis.
The main goal of the University is to train proffesional with free and creative thincking based on democratic values.
In a pair with paying attention to teaching the main specialities, the Universtiy does great work on teaching of foreign languages. For this purpose more than 10 linguistic rooms based on new educational technologies were given for students use. The University library has more than two point five million books, and its 12 reading rooms, 5 subscription departments systematically serve more than 15 thousands of students and teachers.
Achieving a pogress in educational sphere, University also takes part in bringing up healthy and strong youth, by building grandiose sport and health complex.
At the same time the University is the centre of 37 scientific research and teaching labs which cover not only natural but also humanitarian spheres Scientific Research Institute of Applied Mathematics and Scinetific Research Institute of Phesics Problems where work more than 200 employees. Here also are tought such disciplines as refinements of Azeri language, its history and literature, genetics, nanotechnology, inventon of nanomaterials and other wide spectrum fields.
International Relations of the University becomes broader day by day. Today BSU is a member of such authoritative associations and institutions as Association of Universtities of Eurasia, which consolidates most of universities of former USSR, Association of Universities of Caspian Sea States, Association of Universities of Black Sea States, Assosiation of European Universities. In 2002-2004 BSU led the Association of Universities of Black Sea States very successfully. Besides this, the University has bilateral agreements on scientific and technical cooperation, students-teachers exchange programs with Moscow State University Lomonosov’s, Middle Eeast Technical University, Nice-Sofia Antipole University, Indiana University, Kiyev National University, Vienna University and other universities and assosiations.
The University became one of the leading since it integrated its education system to European 3 stages education system (Bachelor, Master and PhD) in 1993. New terms require that a student studying for bachelor (education period is 4 years) get a wide knowledge on certain fundamental specialties. The Master’s level (education period 2 years) is a pass way to science, demands to choose tighter specialty.
The education of Bachelor degree completes with preparation of diploma work and its defense.
The Master’s education – completes with dissertation work defense on written basis of personal study on certain field.
Educational plans, programs on certain specialties and textbooks were prepared for Bachelor and Masters in accordance with the time requirements.For knowledge evaluation of the students, university started to use 100 points evaluation system, and for education university uses technical tools such as TV and video distance learning and etc.
The 3 years aspirantura institute is kept for now in the country for Doctor Degree. The Asperantura stage should be completed with the defense of dissertation work and depending on the result the PhD degree is devoted to the nominee. The student acceptance (for the citizens of Azerbaijan) to all the universities (bachelor, masters’ levels) for the certain common groups is held by the State Commission on Students Acceptance.