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- Founded: 1604
- Population: > 500 000
- River: Tom
- Universities: 6
- Students: 85 000
Tomsk is located almost in the geographical centre of Russia. It was founded 400 years ago on the picturesque bank of the River Tom.
Tomsk is a prominent academic and scientific centre. There are 6 universities, 20 higher research institutes and many specialized colleges and schools training specialists in engineering, medicine, education, art, etc. About 85 thousand students live and study in Tomsk. Currently, each sixth person of the city is a student. Tomsk is often called a students' town.
There are more than 70 industrial enterprises in Tomsk region and their production is well-known world over. The main branches of industry are: oil and gas, instrument making, machine building, metal and wood processing, food processing, thermal and electric power production.
Tomsk Scientific Center of Siberian branch of Russian Academy of Sciences is located here. It consists of 5 academic institutes and a series of subdivisions.
Practical training during the course study at numerous Tomsk enterprises gives the students of Tomsk Polytechnic University the opportunity to make successful career.
Tomsk is a cultural centre. There are many theatres, Philharmonic Society, art and museums of local lore, cinemas, libraries and historical places. The pride of our city is the university library and one of the largest and richest gardens of the world - the Siberian botanical garden. Tomsk is remarkable for its wooden architecture. Tomsk carefully keeps houses and buildings of 19th century in the «Old Town». Acknowledged as historical sites, they are preserved by the State.
The city is constantly growing. Many new buildings and districts spring every year. It becomes younger and better. The sitizens of Tomsk are proud of their beautiful city, which celebrated its 400 anniversary in 2004.
Green area of Tomsk amounts 18% of its territory.
You are welcome to our ancient and ever young city on the bank of the River Tom!
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