Immanuel Kant State University of Russia


Immanuel Kant State University of Russia

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German and Russian, with the words taken from the conclusion of Kant's Critique of Practical Reason: "Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the more often and steadily we reflect upon them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me." (The wall is next to where the southwest part of Königsberg Castle used to be.)]

Immanuel Kant State University of Russia ( _ru. Российский государственный университет имени Иммануэла Канта, "Rossiysky gosudarstvennyy imeni Immanuela Kanta"), shortly the "Kant University" ( _ru. Университет Канта, "Universitet Kanta") formerly known as Kaliningrad State University (1967-2005), is a university in the Russian city of Kaliningrad (formerly Königsberg).

The university, claiming to maintain the traditions of the former German University of Königsberg, was named after Immanuel Kant.

History

The former University of Königsberg was commonly known as the Albertina. It was East Prussia's sole university and was specially regarded for its mathematics and astronomy. The campus was severely damaged by the aerial bombing in August 1944 during World War II. The Albertina was closed after Königsberg was taken by the Red Army.

After the war, Königsberg was renamed Kaliningrad and the new Russophone "Kaliningrad State Pedagogical Institute" used the campus of the Albertina from 1948 to 1967, including the main Albertina building inaugurated in 1862, in which some of the original structure can still be seen today. In 1967, the institute received the status of a university and became known as "Kaliningrad State University".

In 2005, during the celebrations of the 750th anniversary of the founding of Königsberg, President Vladimir Putin of Russia and Chancellor Gerhard Schröder of Germany announced that the university would be renamed "Immanuel Kant Russian State University" in honour of Immanuel Kant.

As of 2005, the university consisted of twelve faculties with courses ranging from Natural Sciences to the Humanities. It had approximately 12,800 students enrolled, both undergraduate and post-graduate, and 580 faculty staff. IKSUR's Kant Society was created to study Kantianism, or Kantian philosophy. The university is also interested in the historical connections between Königsberg and Russia as far back as the 16th century.

References

* [http://intdep.albertina.ru/ English edition of albertina.ru]

External links

* [http://www.kantiana.ru/ Official website] ru icon


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