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APPENDIX A. UNIVERSITY AND FACULTY
Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University
Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University was founded in October 1917 on the basis of Warsaw Polytechnic Institute which moved to Nizhny Novgorod in 1916.
Since 1918 up to 1930 the faculties of the Institute were a constituent part of Nizhny Novgorod State University. In 1930 two engineering faculties of Nizhny Novgorod State University formed the basis of two Institutes: mechanical – technological and chemical – technological. In 1934 they became the faculties of Gorky Industrial Institute. The Industrial Institute was renamed the Polytechnic in 1950.
On the 24th of December 1992 Nizhny Novgorod Polytechnic Institute got the status of the State Technical University named after R.E.Alexeev.
Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University is one of the largest higher educational establishments of the Russian Federation. It is housed in several buildings. The 6th building is a long way from those in Minin Street.
Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University provides training to engineers in 34 specialities for plants, design offices and research institutes in the fields of electronics, radio-engineering, electrical-engineering, ship-building, machine-building, automobile-building, chemistry, physics and many others.
There study more than 12 thousand students at its 9 day-time, 4 evening and 2 correspondence faculties. The University has a preparatory course and a post-graduate course and a number of branches in other towns.
The academic year starts on the 1st of September and ends in June. It is divided into 2 terms. Twice a year the students of the University sit for credit tests and terminal exams.
The course of studies lasts five years or even more. First-year students study mathematics, physics, chemistry, descriptive geometry, technical drawing etc. In senior courses they acquire profound knowledge in special subjects. The students get practical skills in well-equipped laboratories. The theoretical study is followed by practical session at plants and industrial enterprises. At the end of the course the students submit a graduation paper.
The University has all facilities for the students to study and work well. Lecture halls, study rooms and laboratories are fitted out with the latest equipment consisting of measuring instruments, TV-sets, training machines, up-to-date devices. Special attention is paid to the wide use of technological aids, the use of computers.
The University library may boast of more than 1,5 million books, text-books, reference-books, technical magazines as well as fiction. The students have a number of reading-halls at their disposal.
Advanced students carry out research under supervision of experienced teachers.
The University provides the students with 4 halls of residence in Lyadov Square. The students can get to the University by bus, trolley-bus or by tram.
The range of studies at the University is constantly expanding and changing to meet new social conditions and requirements. The courses are offered to develop capabilities and business activity of students in the market economy.
I. Agree or disagree with the following statements. Use the following expressions: You are right. You are wrong. You are mistaken. Give your reasons.
1. Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the Russian Federation.
2. There are no outstanding scientists among the teachers of the University.
3. The students making poor progress receive grants.
4. The complete course of study at the University lasts four years.
5. The students have one reading-hall at their disposal.
6. The University is developing international contacts.
7. The students must pay for their studies.
8. Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University is a study research centre.
9. The first-year students get practical skills at plants and factories.
10. The students can get to the University only by trolley-bus.
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