Forums, Procession and Fireworks: TPU Prepares to Celebrate 125th Anniversary

Tomsk Polytechnic University has started preparations to celebrate the 125th anniversary of its foundation. The festive events will take place throughout 2021, with the main holiday taking place on May 11. The anniversary program has been discussed earlier at the session of the TPU Academic Council.

The anniversary year program is flexible. The events are planned so that they can be easily shifted into a distance or hybrid mode.

“The main outline of festive events has been made up; however, each TPU team member can make a proposal. I assure you that the organizing committee will carefully consider each proposal. We are interested in making this holiday truly bright and memorable for TPU community of different generations,” Andrey Yakovlev, Acting Rector of Tomsk Polytechnic University, says.

To make your proposals and initiatives concerning the celebration program of the 125th TPU anniversary of TPU, please, follow the link or contact the call center by the phone +7 (3822) 70-18-35.

According to the tradition, May 11 is planned to be a day off for TPU staff and students. The holiday will start with a festive meeting near the main building of TPU. On this day, a new sports ground will also be opened; a festive procession of students and staff, a student concert, and festive fireworks will be held on the lower terrace of Lagerny Sad (recreation area).

The celebration will also include the All-Russian Student Entrepreneurship Forum, international scientific conferences, competitions as well as a large sports festival. They will take place throughout the year.


Tomsk Polytechnic University was founded by the Ministry of Public Education of the Russian Empire as Tomsk Technological Institute of the Emperor Nicholas II on April 29, 1896 (May 11, 1896, by the Gregorian calendar). It became the first engineering university in Asian Russia. Dmitry Mendeleev took an active part in establishing the university and its Department of Chemistry in particular. The first classes began in autumn 1900.