Odessa National I. I. Mechnikov University has 145 years of
An order to establish the Imperial Novorossiysk University was announced in a big
lecture hall of Richelieu Lyceum in the morning of May 13, 1865. This day - May 1 by the
Julian calendar, or May 13 by the Gregorian calendar marked the beginning of functioning of
the first University in the Black Sea region.
Odessa was closing to that important moment for a long time. The southern lands
quick and powerful development and educational personnel availability contributed to the
spread in society the idea of the University in Odessa.
On September 7, 1865 started the first academic year. University welcomed 175
students and several dozen teachers of three departments: Law, History and Philology, and
Mathematical Physics. 12 modern faculties and institutions of Odessa National I.I. Mechnikov
University originated from these three faculties of alma mater. Today nearly 18,000 students
attend lectures of 1500 teachers, among which 176 Doctors of Science and Professors, and
766 Doctors of Philosophy and Assistant Professors. Among the first students of the Imperial
Novorossiysk University were children of the great Russia and foreign families. It is well
known fact in Odessa that to be the student of Odessa National I. I. Mechnikov University -
prestigious, since University affords an opportunity to get higher education based on the
classical traditions with 145 history.
In the early years the University good name was determined by scientists, who have
become "golden heritage" of world science : the year 1908 Nobel Prize winner I. Mechnikov,
future academicians of the St. Petersburg Academy N. Kondakov (1898), corresponding
members of the St. Petersburg Academy, philologist and historian, Kazan University professor
V. Grigorovich, biologist, St. Petersburg State Medical Academy professor I. Sechenov, F.
Uspensky ( corresponding member in 1893, academician in 1900), O. Kovalevsky (1890), V.
Zalensky (1897), corresponding members of the St. Petersburg Academy A. Pavlov (1873), A.
Today, university scientists are known worldwide thanks to their uncommon
researches and pedagogical talent. University scientists annually perform about 150 topics.
Biologists of the University for many years study and monitor the environmental situation in
the Danube flood-plain area, Dniester estuary. In addition, Odessa University is a leading
research institution on Snake Island study. Ia also has a wide range of opportunities for
analysis and modeling of this unique Black Sea region future development. University
teachers outstanding merits were not once award-winning : in 2009 the University staff
received six state prizes. For the first time in history, Odessa National Mechnikov University
picked up in one year two state prizes in the field of science and technology in two different
directions. Last year the University became gold medalist in the category “ The students
research organization ” at the annual exhibition "Education and Career". Its co-organizer is
Ministry of Education and Science. In 2009 Odessa University also won the annual rating of
"National Recognition", which determines vivid persons, organizations and events in southern
V. Smyntyna, the Rector of Odessa National I.I. Mechnikov University decorated with
" The Order of Merit " of the 3rd Grade, the Order of Alexander Nevsky of the 2nd Grade,"
The Golden Cross of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul "(Vatican) and honored with the
audience of Pope John Paul II. He was also awarded with Certificate for meritorious service
by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, badge of honor "For scientific achievements" of the
Ukraine NAS Presidium and the State Prize of Ukraine.
Today Odessa National I.I. Mechnikov University celebrates its 145-year anniversary.
University is classic and modern, continues to sail on a journey of history.
The Odessa National I.I. Mechnikov University