27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Volga Region Academy of Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism

The Volga Region State Academy of Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism was founded by the Ministry of Sports, Tourism and Youth Policy of the Russian Federation in July, 2010 in the context of implementing the 27th Summer Universiade Legacy Concept. The decision about moving the academy from Naberezhnye Chelny to Kazan was made by Russia’s Minister of Sports, Tourism and Youth Policy Vitaly Mutko and President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov.

The first admission of students to the Volga Region State Academy of Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism took place in 2011. 1,702 students currently study in the academy. Another 239 young athletes study in the physical culture college affiliated to the Kama State Academy of Physical Culture, Sport and Tourism.

The academy offers such key majors as physical culture, adaptive physical culture, tourism, service, hotel industry and management. 405 students are educated on the state-funded basis in 2012/2013, 295 of them are full-time students. The academy trains PE teachers, sports school coaches, instructors in exercise therapy, specialists of health fitness and rehabilitation centres, sports managers and executives of specialised sports departments, organisers of sports and recreation events, experts in the field of tourism and services.

Both full-time and part-time study is available for bachelors’ and master’s degrees. The academy also offers postgraduate (PhD) studies. The dissertation council operates for thesis defense.

The academy includes 130 teachers, 33 of which are in Kazan. 70% of the teaching staff have academic degrees, 24 of them are PhDs and professors. As of today, the total headcount of teaching staff, including personnel of sports venues and the academy’s branch, reaches over 500 people.


The academy boasts best physical infrastructure in Russia.

At the beginning of the academic year 2012/2013 the academy will move to the laboratory and educational facility (Main International Centre) constructed in the run up to the 2013 Summer Universiade. The building represents a state-of-the-art and sophisticated venue with a total area of approximately 52,000 sq. m. Read more


Upon the initiative of the Volga State Academy of Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism, 14 higher education institutions of physical culture signed the memorandum of cooperation last year. Partnership agreements were also sealed with a number of foreign higher education institutions: two UK universities - University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and University of East London, University of Novi Sad (Serbia), Kazakh Academy of Sports and Tourism (Kazakhstan), University of Tartu (Finland) and University of Georgia (USA). Moreover, the academy became a full-fledged member of the International Association of Universities of Physical Culture and Sport. Read more

Sports reserve training

A scientific research laboratory for training sports reserve was founded in the Volga Region State Academy of Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism to later become the scientific research institute. The laboratory is supplied with modern equipment and conducts research in the sphere of sports genetics, cardiology, dietology and sports nutrition, and medical examination of athletes, including student athletes of the academy. A students' scientific circle was opened as well. Read more

Pride of Academy

A number of top rank athletes have studied and graduated from the Volga Region State Academy of Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism, among them Gulnara Galkina-Samitova, Olympic 3000m steeplechase champion; Alexander Bukharov, Zenit FC forward, three-time champion of Russia; Firaya Sultanova-Zhdanova, Master of Sports International Level (marathon), participant of the Atlanta 1996 Summer Olympics; Alexey Zatsepin, Master of Sports International Level (swimming), European champion, participant of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games; Gennady Muratov, a talented weightlifter, Shenzhen 2011 champion; Denis Golubev, Andrey Bocharov and Andrey Sergeev, young ice hockey players who won the Shenzhen 2011 Winter Universiade gold, and many others. Read more

To learn more, please go to www.sportacadem.ru

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