Yelabuga Campus of Kazan (Volga-Region) Federal University was set up by the Order of Ministry of Education and Science of RF (№ 156 of February 2, 2011) on the base of Yelabuga State Pedagogiс University.
The History of professional education in Yelabuga dates back to 1898 when the honoury citizen G.F. Stakheyeva donated money for the foundation of Eparchy School for girls in the town of Yelabuga. The idea was favoured by the Eparchy Assembly and was realized with the permission of the Holy Synod. By the year of 1917 the Eparchy School had prepared several hundred teachers from the midst of clergy.
In 1918 the Eparchy school was turned into Tatar Teachers Seminary and in later years has been developing as Pedagogic Courses (since 1920), Tatar Teachers Training Professional School (since 1923), Teachers Training School (since 1936), Teachers Training Institute (since 1939), State Pedagogic Institute (since 1953), State Pedagogic University (since 2003).
During World War II Yelabuga Teachers Training Institute welcomed evacuees from the Universities of Leningrad and Voronezh. Under the leadership of V.A. Ambartsumyan they did the scientific research of world significance, developing the light scattering theory in turbid medium, which found its practical use in the operations of the Russian submarine navy. During the war years the Teachers Training Institute in Yelabuga engaged the staff numbering 22 professors and 25 associate professors, among them academicians V.A. Ambartsumyan, V.I. Smirnov, V.F. Fok, G.A. Freiman, associate member of the Academy of Sciences A.V. Venediktov.
The academic structure of YC KFU comprises ten faculties, the postgraduate course, the Center of Supplementary Professional Education.
The academic division of YC KFU.
- Faculty of Technology and Engeneering.
- Faculty of Economics and Management.
- Faculty of History and Law.
- Faculty of Russian Philology and Journalism.
- Faculty of Physics and Mathematics.
- Faculty of Foreign Languages.
- Faculty of Tatar Philology.
- Faculty of Biology.
- Faculty of Psychology and Pedagogy.
- Faculty of Physical Training.
The faculties of the Campus involve the activity of the scientific library (500000 volumes), seven museums, the biological station, more than twenty educational and research laboratories, the department of new teaching technologies, the students' holiday camp.
Today YC KFU carries out training of about five thousand students who follow 37 university degree programs at the day-time and 25 programs at the extra-mural departments. In addition YC KFU runs several postgraduate programs. Since 1953 the Institute and then the University has prepared more than forty thousand teachers. In recent years it has opened new educational programs: law, journalism, social pedagogy, economics, management, applied information science.
The teaching process and the research activity are ensured by the staff numbering more than 250 teachers including 25 professors and 130 associate professors. Many of them are awarded honoury professional and scientific titles.
The Yelabuga Campus of KFU is continually involved in publishing activities. The Publishing Committee of the Campus annually issues up to 100 scientific and educational works, including monographs, edited outcomes of international, all-Russia and regional conferences as well as the scientific journal "Uchenye Zapiski" and the newspaper "Univesti".
In recent years the staff of YC KFU have been developing both the traditional and new lines of scientific thought in pedagogy (T.V. Kapustina, L.G. Akhmetov, E.E. Merson, N.N. Savina, N.G. Mokshina), Russian classical philology (A.I. Razzhivin, T.A. Ulkina), philosophy (A.G. Sabirov, I.V. Martynychev), Tatar philology (L.Sh. Arslanov, N.Kh. Laisov, D.A. Salimova, F.G. Gallyamov), German philology (E.M. Shastina), physiology (G.M. Akhmadiev), biology (G.A. Zueva, V.V. Leontyev), history (I.V. Maslova, I.E. Krapotkina), psychology (A.N. Panfilov, G.M. Ldokova).
The results of scientific research are annually reflected in 8-10 monographs and more than 500 scientific articles published in Russian and foreign journals.
During its long history the pedagogical educational establishment in Yelabuga gave birth to structures which were transformed into independent educational institutions: the Librarians Training Vocational School (now Vocational School of Culture, 1937), Menzelinsk Pedagogic College (1950), Naberezhnye Chelny Institute for Social-Pedagogic Technologies and Resources (1990).
The Campus annually holds international, all-Russia and regional scientific conferences. Widely known are the Tsvetayeva and the Stakheyev Readings. They gather scholars from Japan, Italy, Check Republic, France and England. Firm long-lasting contacts have been established with the German Academic Exchange Service and the Goete Cultural Centre, which gives the students the opportunity to continue studies in Germany and fulfill joint projects.
More than half the students participate in various kinds of research, many take part in competitions for different grants. About fifty students' works are published annually at different scientific editions of federal level. The most gifted students are granted competitive scholarships of: the President and the Government of RF, the Head of RT, the RT Academy of Science, the Vice-Speaker of the State Duma O.V. Morozov as well as YC KFU Academic Council's scholarship.
The Campus has three hostels which provide accommodation for all the students. Young teachers stay at the family hostel.
Recreation and sport are provided by the students' holiday camp "Burevestnik" located on a wooded bank of a picturesque lake and by the Sports Centre that has all the facilities to meet the modern demands. Wide involvement in sports yields its results: over the last five years more than twenty Masters of Sports of Russia and International Masters have been brought up.
Every year over 80% of graduates are employed through the University, with the majority working in the sphere of education.
The YC KFU provides professional retraining and conducts refresher courses for teachers at the newly set Center of Supplementary Professional Education, where one can also follow another certificate program.
Most departments of YC KFU occupy the building of the former Eparchy School designed by I.F. Charushin and built in 1899-1903 by A.I. Gorokhov. Today it is listed among the other monuments of architecture in the register of Yelabuga historical culture-preserve. Following the neoclassical style the building is notable for harmony of forms and shapeliness. Its central part is crowned with a vault-like roof and an onion dome on its top. The Epachy School had an in-house church of presbyter Basil. The Altar of the church bore an iconostasis of white Italian marble, executed in the Byzantine style. As viewed by the artists, who had painted the inside, the Byzantine style could best of all convey the ideas of Christianity.
The University square in front of the building is remarkable for the monument to D.I. Stakheyev, the Russian writer of the late 19th century and the spiritual leader of the Russian merchant dynasty known for their charity and numerous values of material and spiritual culture.