Baku State University

Baku State University
Bakı Dövlət Universiteti
Type Public
Established 1919
Rector Prof. Dr. Abel Maharramov
Academic staff
Location Baku, Azerbaijan
Campus Urban

Baku State University (BSU; Azerbaijani: Bakı Dövlət Universiteti) is a public university located in Baku, Azerbaijan. Established in 1919 by the Parliament of Azerbaijan Democratic Republic, the University started with faculties of history and philology; physics and mathematics; law and medicine with an initial enrollment of 1094.[1] The first rector of BSU was V.I.Razumovsky, a former professor of surgery at Kazan University.

In 1930, the government ordered the University shut down in accordance with a reorganization of higher education, and the University was replaced with the Supreme Pedagogical Institute. However, in 1934 the University was reestablished again, and continued to work through the difficult years of World War II experiencing a shortage of faculty members.

By its 40th anniversary in 1959, the University already had 13 faculties. The Azerbaijan Medical University and Azerbaijan State Economic University were both spun-offs of the original respective faculties at BSU.

Among the graduates of BSU were two former presidents of Azerbaijan, Abulfaz Elchibey and Heydar Aliyev. The former graduated from the Faculty of Arabic Language and Literature, while the latter, who dominated Azerbaijan's political life for over 30 years, from the Faculty of History. Nobel Prize-winning physicist Lev Landau studied at BSU between 1922 and 1924.

BSU is the only university from Azerbaijan Republic ranked by international ranking organizations, such as University Ranking by Academic Performance and currently ranks at 1872 in the University Ranking by Academic Performance.[2]


Coat of arms of Baku State University in 1919.

BSU was established on September 1, 1919 by the decision of the Parliament of Azerbaijan Democratic Republic. In its first year, the university had two faculties Faculty of Philology and the Medical Faculty and an enrollment of 1094 students.

Among the leading professors in 1920-40 were Azerbaijani writer Abdurrahim bek Haqverdiyev, Orientalist Professor P.K. Juze, Professor A.O. Makovelski, Professor A.O. Mishel and other scholars. During that period the administration of the university invited to Baku such teachers as N.Y. Marr, V.V. Bartold, the academician of the Eastern Science Academy Fuad bek Kuprulluzade.

In 1930 the university was liquidated according to the decision made by Council of the People’s Commissar on reorganization. The High Pedagogical Institute was created. Only in 1943 the state university resumed its activity and very soon became the republic’s scientific-pedagogical center. Despite the great shortage of university teachers because most of teachers went to the Second World War, the university managed to keep its leading position. In 1945 the teachers took an active part in founding the Azerbaijan Academy of Science. Most of the republic's universities such as Azerbaijan Medical University, Azerbaijan University of Economy, Azerbaijan State Pedagogical University and others were founded on the basis of Baku State University.

The years after 1969 can be considered as the years of development in the direction of knowledge and science. Covering a wide historical period, in those years there were founded faculties on modern specialties, departments and about 30 scientific research laboratories started. As a result, there was created a strong assurance of future development.

Faculties and institutes


Ceremony conferring on Dmitry Medvedev an honorary doctorate from Baku State University, September 3, 2010
  1. Applied Mathematics and Economical Cybernetics
  2. Physics
  3. Mechanics and Mathematics
  4. Chemistry
  5. Biology
  6. Ecology and Soil Science
  7. Geology
  8. Geography
  9. History
  10. Philology
  11. Theology
  12. International Relations and Economics
  13. Journalism
  14. Law
  15. Oriental Studies
  16. Social Sciences and Psychology
  17. Library Studies — the only library school in Azerbaijan[3]

Research institutes

  1. Scientific Research Institute of Applied Mathematics
  2. Institute of Problems of Theoretical Physics

Partner universities


The university is a member of the Caucasus University Association.[4]


See also


  1. "History of Baku State University" (in Russian). Retrieved 2015-07-18.
  2. "2014-2015 RANKING BY COUNTRY". Retrieved 2015-07-18.
  3. Kniffel, Leonard (June 2014). "Building a pipeline to education in Azerbaijan: How library service is burgeoning the oil-rich nation". American Libraries. Media Source. 45 (6): 46–49.
  4. "Tüm Üyeler" (in Turkish). Retrieved 2015-07-18.

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