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Samara Academy for the Humanities

Private Institution of Higher Education “Samara Academy for the Humanities”

Samara Academy for the Humanities (SAH) was founded in May 1992 by the Samara Region Administration, the City Administration, the Samara Diocesan Administration of Russian Orthodox Church, the Samara Region Law Society and other founders. SAH is a member of the Samara Region University Association and the Russian Private Institutions Association.

Samara Academy for the Humanities holds the state license to provide higher education and specialist training in 5 departments: Philosophy, Economics, Psychology, Law and Journalism. The Federal Education and Science Supervision Agency issued the license on March 21, 2013. The Academy also holds the State Accreditation Certificate. The College of Samara Academy for the Humanities provides secondary professional training.

 Master’s degree programs in philosophy, law and economics were launched in 2008 and got accredited by the state in 2010.

The Academy has post-graduate courses in 14 areas of study. The enrolment in the Academy including its branches is 2,500 students. It is staffed with 184 lecturers, among them - 25 doctors of science and 89 candidates of science.

Samara Academy for the Humanities was founded in 1992 at the initiative of a team of Samara State University scholars to create an institution of higher learning that could implement a new concept of university training in humanities.

The idea of SAH foundation was supported by the governor of the Samara Region Konstantin Titov and the mayor of Samara Oleg Sysuev who are currently the Honorary Professors of the Academy.

In its first academic year (1992-1993) the enrolment in the Academy was 112 students who were trained in the Law Faculty and the Faculty of Philosophy and Linguistics which had three departments at the time: Philosophy, Literature Studies and Slavonic Cultures.

In 1994 SAH set up the Faculty of Economics and opened its branch in Togliatti.

In 1997 SAH opened the Faculty of Psychology to meet the needs for specialists in analysis and management of interpersonal and group relationships. Also, the Faculty was to prepare experts in managing conflict and stress for small business companies which were growing in Samara at that time.

Many remarkable events took place in the Academy in 1998. Post-graduate courses in 14 study areas were opened in 1998.

Taxes and Taxation was started as a new economic major at the Academy. In the same year the College of SAH began working to carry out programs for secondary professional training.

In 2001 the Faculty of Economics was renamed The Tax Service Institute.

In the same year the Law Clinic was opened in the Law Faculty, sponsored by the American Bar Association (ABA/CEELT) within the framework of the project “Partnership of Law Faculty of Rutgers-Newark University and Law Faculty of SAH”. Clinical work enables the students to develop professional skills practicing law in real life situations and giving free legal advice to citizens.

In 2002, blessed by the Samara and Syzran archbishop Sergiy, The Holy Spirit Chapel was consecrated on the Academy’s premises.

In 2003 SAH entered into the Treaty on international cooperation with Hebei University (Baodu, China).

In 2008 the Master’s Degree Courses in Philosophy and Law were started at the Academy.

Also, in 2008 the Agreement on long-term cooperation was concluded with Aktiubinsk State University named after Zhubanov (Kazakhstan).

In 2010 The Regional Legal Advice Centre was set up in the Academy on the basis of the Law Clinic. Since then it has aimed at providing free legal aid to socially unprotected citizens.

In 2011 two new chairs were opened in the Law Faculty: the Chair of Law Methodology and Philosophy, and the Chair of European Law and Human Rights.

In 2012 SAH concluded several treaties on long-term international cooperation with East-Kazakhstan Regional University (Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan), Mersop Mashtou University (the Republic of Armenia), International State University (Odessa, Ukraine) and Kataldo Agostinelli Institute (Italy).

At the same time SAH began working with the Charity Foundation “Radost” (Samara). Since then, under the agreement with the Foundation, the Academy has been working with children from Samara orphanages.

It was in 2012 that Samara Academy for the Humanities celebrated its 20th anniversary. A number of exhibitions, scientific conferences and concerts were held during the year.

In 2013 SAH opened the Faculty of Journalism and the Master’s Degree Course in Economics. It should be noted that 104 student vacancies were financed from the state budget, which means that the Academy is amongst the best higher educational institutions of the Samara Region. In the same year the International Chair of UNESCO “Training and retraining specialists for market economy” (a branch of TISBI university, Tatarstan) began working.

In 2013 three new agreements on international cooperation were concluded by SAH: with the National University “Yaroslav Mudry Law Academy of Ukraine” (Khar’kov, Ukraine), West-Kazakhstan Academy of West-Kazakh Engineering and Humanities University (Ural’sk, Kazakhstan), and Aldo Moro State University (Italy).

In 2013, in conformity with the treaty on collaboration with Hebei University (Baodu, China), Ma Tsyn, a university tutor, began teaching Chinese to the Academy students.

These days SAH is a successfully developing institution of higher education well-known not only in the Samara and Ulyanovsk Regions, with its branches in Togliatti and Dimitrovgrad, but all over Russia and also abroad, due to its productive cooperation with many higher educational institutions and participation in scientific forums at the international level.

The history of Samara Academy for the Humanities is going on!!!