Полоцкий государственный университет


The University holds a name of one of the most ancient cities in Eastern Europe. Polotsk was first mentioned in historical sources in 862 and is, therefore, rightly considered to be the oldest center of culture and education of the country. The first book-printer in Easter Europe, doctor of free arts and medicine, Francysk Skaryna, was born and conducted research in Polotsk. In 1581 a Jesuit College was founded in the city, which later grew into Polotsk Jesuit Academy in 1812 and became the first Higher Education Institution on Belarusian land.

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In the Soviet time for regional development purposes a number of new industrial town and new Universities were opened after World War II. One of such Universities was founded in a newly built town of Novopolotsk in 1968. It held the name if Novopolotsk Polytechnic Institute (NPI). NPI turned a significant research and educational centre not only in Belarus, but in the Soviet Union. In 1993 NPI was re-organized into Polotsk State University. The rapid development of PSU filled its name with real content.

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In 2005 the renovated buildings of the former Jesuit College welcomed their students into its historical classrooms and halls. Not so long ago, another University building was opened in the outskirts of Novopolotsk on the banks of several streams in the village of Mezhdurechye. Surrounded by the unique and picturesque landscape, the building hosts students studying Physical Culture and Law.

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