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The ceremony was attended by members of the Board of Trustees of St. Petersburg State University – Deputy Chairman of the Government of Russia, Chairman of the organizing committee for the preparation and holding of the celebration of the 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg State University Dmitry Chernyshenko and the Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation, a graduate of the University Konstantin Chuychenko, Deputy President of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Academician-Secretary of the Department of Social Sciences of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Director of the Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law under the Government of the Russian Federation, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Honorary Professor of St. Petersburg State University Talia Khabrieva.

Dmitry Chernyshenko noted that the exhibition presented 66 portraits of leaders who headed the University for 300 years since its founding. “Thanks to them, we received nine Nobel laureates, six heads of government, two presidents of modern Russia. All of them made a significant, noticeable, even global contribution to the history of our country. Of course, this is an incredible, I would even say powerful, university. And there are no sectors in the economy and social sphere that do not require graduates of this university. As Head of State Vladimir Putin rightly noted, Russia has a great future precisely because we remember our roots, honor our heroes and our values. Therefore, we will remember the contribution of every graduate, leader and teacher of this university, be proud and strive for the future. Happy holiday!” – emphasized the Deputy Chairman of the Government.

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Over three centuries, there have been dramatic changes in social life, technological structure, and educational processes, but the University’s reputation as one of the most authoritative, competent and prestigious educational institutions in Russia has remained unchanged. The Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation, Konstantin Chuychenko, spoke about this at the opening of the gallery. “The traditions of leading scientific schools are carefully preserved here, and wisdom and knowledge have been passed on from generation to generation for three centuries. They are preparing not just highly qualified specialists, but real patriots of Russia, capable of making a worthy contribution to its strengthening and development, responding to the challenges of the time and not being afraid to take responsibility for their country,” said the Minister of Justice. ― St. Petersburg State University, including for me as its graduate, is, first of all, people, teachers, scientists, young specialists, students. Here you can feel the unified spirit of a strong student fraternity, to which we remain faithful even after decades.”

Today St. Petersburg University is a world-class center of science and education. Worthyly justifying Peter’s hopes, St. Petersburg State University is currently a brilliant forge of scientific personnel. Hundreds of famous scientists emerged from its walls – nine Nobel laureates and two presidents of the Academy of Sciences. The university makes a significant contribution to the development of the intellectual potential of society and ensuring the technological sovereignty of Russia. There is no doubt that St. Petersburg State University will serve Russia well and will give it many new scientific geniuses. Let the 300th anniversary be an incentive to reach new heights and achieve new successes.

From the congratulations of the President of the Russian Academy of Sciences Gennady Krasnikov

The congratulations sent to the University from the Russian Academy of Sciences were read out by Deputy President of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Director of the Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law under the Government of the Russian Federation, Honorary Professor of St. Petersburg State University, Academician Talia Khabrieva. Talia Yarulovna recalled the words of the President of Russia that new generations must take into account the achievements of their predecessors and take care of historical memory and their heritage. According to her, the inclusion of the opening of the portrait gallery in the list of anniversary events is an example of such a careful attitude to the past. “The university is actually one of the main suppliers of personnel for big science,” the honorary professor of St. Petersburg State University emphasized during her speech.

The portrait gallery presents all the rectors of St. Petersburg University since the 18th century. Some had the opportunity to lead for many years, others for a very short period of time, but each of them did everything in his power to make our university stronger and more successful. Thanks to their efforts, St. Petersburg State University has become one of the leading scientific and educational centers, known not only in Russia, but throughout the world. I am confident that the University will continue to be a reliable support for its country, and the scientific achievements and discoveries of university students will allow it to achieve new successes.

Rector of St. Petersburg State University, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences Nikolay Kropachev

The opening ceremony was also attended by the Vice-Governor of St. Petersburg Alexey Korabelnikov and the Head of the Republic of Karelia Artur Parfenchikov, who presented the rector of St. Petersburg State University with the highest state award of the region – the Order of Sampo.

Throughout the long history of the University, its rectors have been outstanding scientists and public figures who have made a significant contribution to the strengthening of Russian statehood, the development of science, education and culture. Among them were the head of the academic detachment of the Second Kamchatka Expedition Gerhard Miller, the universal scientist and founder of Moscow University Mikhail Lomonosov, one of the founders of electrical engineering Emilius Lenz, the initiator of the creation of the Higher Women’s Courses in St. Petersburg and the founder of the Botanical Garden of the University Andrei Beketov, as well as other iconic figures from different eras .

The Rectors’ Gallery is located on the main staircase of the Twelve Collegium building next to the Assembly Hall, where meetings of the Academic Council of St. Petersburg State University and other special events are held. In total, the exhibition consists of more than 60 picturesque portraits of people who headed St. Petersburg University over the 300 years since its founding. The authors of the gallery project were St. Petersburg State University teachers Tatyana Laska and Sergey Golubkov. They explained that the portrait gallery format is traditional for both European and Russian art. Galleries existed as part of imperial museums, royal and grand-ducal palace collections. Portraits in them, as a rule, had a ceremonial execution and were traditionally dedicated to especially important people and the greatest historical events.

It took the artistic team a year to complete all the paintings in the Rectors’ Gallery. “We tried to get as close as possible to documentary primary sources and when creating portraits, we were guided by all the existing materials that we were able to find. In the era before the advent of photography, these were picturesque portraits and engravings, and after, of course, photographs,” said Tatyana Laska. – There were personalities whose images have not survived. In these cases, we executed canvases with ornamental decor.”

During the opening ceremony, the artist gave guests a tour of the portrait gallery and spoke about its creation.

Currently, work is underway at St. Petersburg State University to prepare an alley of Nobel laureates. Its opening will also take place in 2024 for the 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg University. Medallions with relief portraits of outstanding scientists are planned to be placed on the semicircular part of the university fence on the side of the main facade of the Twelve Colleges building, on both sides of the main entrance.

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