Ufa State University of Economics and service is the largest in the Ural region higher educational institution training high-qualified specialists in the sphere of economics, ecology, tourism, food industry, light industry, design as well as in fashion and service areas. During the project time, it was merged to Ufa State Petroleum Technological University (USPTU). Bearing the status of State-financed educational institution of higher professional education Ufa State Petroleum Technological University (USPTU) ranks among the leading technical universities of the Russian Federation. The university has branches in three Bashkortostan cities Salavat, Sterlitamak and Oktyabrsky that offer graduate and professional degree programs.
Since its foundation in 1943, the University has acquired an excellent reputation for the quality of teaching and research as well as student care services. USPTU has modern infrastructure comprising study and work training premises with the total area of more than 225 thousand square meters.
The University has a broad range of programmes which are designed to offer students valuable and relevant skills. These are petroleum and pipeline engineering, geology and mineral survey, heat and power energetics, chemical and biotechnology, environment protection, electrical engineering, control engineering, informatics and computer science, industrial and civil engineering, economics and management. Developing students’ skills and expertise, the programs enable them to specialize in their chosen field at the highest level of competence and be useful in today’s job market.
The university successfully cooperates with many local, national and international companies and attracts a lot of students from overseas countries. USPTU is integrated into the international higher education system and since 1996 it has been a full member of International Association of Universities.
There are 8 faculties on the university campus. These are Oil Mining, Technological, Mechanical Faculties, the Faculty of Pipeline Transportation, the Faculty of Architecture and Construction, the Faculty of Industrial Processes Automation, the Institute of Economics, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. The University has also the Faculty of Distance Education, the Institute for Additional Professional Education and the Center for Preliminary Training that places a high emphasis on teaching the Russian Language to students from overseas countries. Today over 18 000 students are completing training on Bachelor’s, Master’s and Engineer’s degree programmes.
First Vice-Rector for Science and Innovation Development, Head of the Economics Department, Professor, Honored Scientist ofthe Republic of Bashkortostan. The main scientific interests and activities are the problems of innovative development of economy, entrepreneurship, organization and management of enterprises, branches, complexes in the sphere of services, its modernization, and methodology of public and professional recognition. Mrs. Solodilova pays great attention to the development of international scientific links, she is in constant touch with prominent foreign scientists. She was the head of the scientific project, which won the international content Volkswagen (2005). She has published many monographs, scientific works and articles.