Today the University continues to be one of the leading Russia’s HEIs in the area of international cooperation, being rated among the best world universities according to Times Higher Education 600 Best World Universities ranking.
KFU has partner agreements with approximately 110 partner universities in more than 30 countries of Europe, America, and Asia. Thanks to long-term fruitful cooperation with the University of Giessen, the Superior Institute of Materials and Advance Mechanics (ISMANS, France), research center RIKEN (Japan) and other partners Kazan University participates in various joint programs, to include “double” diploma initiatives and joint academic supervision (cotutelle) agreements, etc.
Special attention is paid to academic mobility programs. Each year more than 500 KFU students, postgraduates and faculty members visit foreign universities and research centers, take part in international conferences. KFU hosts more than 600 international students participating in major educational, exchange and short-term programs. Every academic year the University hosts 1500 foreign specialists who participate in various scientific events, develop and introduce new courses, deliver lectures and master classes, etc. Fourteen visiting professors employed by the University on a regular basis teach Chinese, Korean, Farsi, German, Spanish, English, etc.
Each year the University runs about 20-25 international team projects. Its postgraduates, researchers and teachers win on average 60-70 individual grants from well known organizations and foundations, such as DAAD, Volkswagen, Erasmus Mundus, IREX, CDRF, Ford, Carnegie. KFU enjoys support from the national funding bodies of Belgium, France, Sweden, Japan, China, and other countries.
Since 2006 the Republic of Tatarstan runs a unique budget-financed scheme in support of training, re-training and upgrade of qualification of staff at Russian and foreign educational and research institutions. This is the first initiative of this sort in Russia. It is aimed at the education and support of intellectual elite of Tatarstan. Each year about 25-30 KFU students and faculty members receive governmental support for study abroad. No other republican HEIs can boast of such high performance.
Today KFU is one of a few Russian universities participating in the project Integration, Interaction and Institutions (Triple I) financed within the framework of the Erasmus Mundus Action 2 Program. Our students, postgraduates and teachers enjoy wonderful opportunities of training at the best European partner universities. More than 50 students and teachers have already acquired valuable European experience. These projects often reach beyond the University, making it a centre of entirely new regional research and educational networks involved in international collaboration.
KFU hosts 14 international centers: EU Information Center, German and Spanish centers for education and culture, Kazan DAAD Office, Department of UNESCO for Eurasian Studies, Confucius Institute, Center for Korean Studies, Center for Iranian Studies, information centers of HP, Microsoft, Cisco, official language testing centers of TOEFL, TestDaf, and DELE.
As the largest educational and research center of the region, Kazan University engages attention of foreign partners – representatives of universities, business circles, official and diplomatic delegations arriving to Tatarstan. Every year KFU hosts more than 60 high-level foreign delegations. Honorable guests often deliver topical lectures to students.
Kazan Federal University aspires to the further expansion of international cooperation and integration into the global academic-research environment.