Department of Microwave and Quantum Radio Engineering (SVChiKR)


Admission Office

Address: 634050, Tomsk, 40 Lenina prospect
Phone: (3822) 51–32–26
Fax: (3822) 52–63–65
Office hours: Mon-Fri 9:00 till 18:00. Lunch break 13:00 till 14:00. Sat-Sun closed.

Selection Board / Radio Engineering Faculty

Dean: Anatoly Demidov
Phone: +7 (3822) 41–34–71
Executive secretary: Yekaterina Zaitseva
Phone: +7 (3822) 900–132

As a general rule the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information.

Benjamin Disraeli

The value of information in the modern world depends greatly on its completeness, confidentiality and the speed of its acquisition. It is therefore only logical that development of information and telecommunication systems has been designated as one of the top-priority areas for science, technology and engineering in Russia, and graduates majoring in the field are among the most highly demanded professionals in the world.

In 1996, anticipating the development of microwave fiber-optic communications systems, the Department of Microwave and Quantum Radio Engineering has started training telecommunications specialists. 15 years later, optical fiber has proven to be a ground-breaking innovation. Today optical cables connect continents, running through trunk lines, link telephone switches, interconnect local networks, work within strong electromagnetic fields which are particularly demanding to information protection. The affordability of high-speed communication makes it possible for us to:

This boost in development was brought about by development of modern information and communication technologies and systems, and first of all, optical networks and systems. These systems are now found virtually everywhere - in trunk lines, connecting continents, countries and cities, and within cities - connecting districts, organizations and buildings.

One of the projects managed by the Commission for Modernization and Technological Development of the Russian Economy, a federal body established by order of the President of Russia, is development of a pilot zone relying on DWDM equipment. There is no doubt that our graduates will be in demand for the project. Optical networks and systems are our present and future.

Excerpts from an interview with the Head of Department Sergei Sharangovich

In 1962, prompted by the rapid development of microwave technology, the rector of Tomsk Polytechnic Institute (now Tomsk Polytechnic University) decreed the establishment of the Department of Microwave Frequencies within the Radio Engineering Faculty. The new department ended up opening within a different faculty - the Radio Control Faculty, in the newly established Tomsk Institute of Radioelectronics and Electronic Technology (TIRiET). The Department has begun its extensive research in laser generation in order to identify methods to generate laser emission applicable in data processing systems, and in 1967 the Department was renamed the Department of Microwave and Quantum Radio Engineering (SVChiKR).

Today the Department provides training to students majoring in Radio Engineering and in Information and Communication Technologies and Communication Systems.

The Radio Engineering major program is supported by three different departments, each having its own specialization. Traditionally, the SVChiKR Department has been specializing in Microwave Electronics and Optical Communications.

Today microwave frequencies and EHF (extremely high frequencies) have become a popular topic, generating interest due to development of advanced high-speed communication systems and the associated measuring equipment. While training, our students develop engineering skills with individual units and complete systems of such equipment. The Department maintains cooperative relationship with Research & Production Company Micran, developing joint projects within the framework of project-based learning. Micran is also one of the major employers of the radio engineering professionals trained by the Department.

Since 1996 the Department has been providing training for the Physics and Engineering of Optical Communication program, the first such program available East of the Urals. In 2007 the Department opened the bachelor's program with majors in Telecommunications.

In 2011 the Department started offering training in Optical Systems and Communication Networks for students majoring in Information and Communication Technologies and Communication Systems. Optical communications is full of potential and is in demand today and will remain so in future. That is why the Department mainly focuses its research efforts on optical telecommunication systems.


Apart from R&D Micran, the Department maintains cooperative relations with the Research Institute of Semiconductor Devices, Research Institute of Atmospheric Optics, telecommunications providers Tomtel and Rostelecom, etc. Students can benefit from the opportunity to receive work experience and pre-graduation internships in these companies and institutes. For instance, the Tomsk branch of Rostelecom alone accepts 5-20 interns each year.

Each year one of our undergraduate or graduate students wins the Award of the President or the Government of the Russian Federation. Our students have won in the all-Union students' research competition. Each year some 2-3 of our students go study abroad or are awarded special presidential scholarships. All of it is made possible by the direct scientific ties between the Department's professors and their foreign partners.


The alumni of our Department go on to become entrepreneurs and CEOs of major companies in the industry. Among them are Igor Itkin, CEO of Contur (manufacturer of automation equipment and automated complexes) and Stack (systems integrator), Vladimir Popov, CEO of Intant (systems integrator), Grigory Yeroshevsky, CEO of Tomtel (telecommunications provider).

Project-based learning

Project-based learning at the Department focuses on in-depth study of fundamental matters. Many of the projects focus on studies of physical phenomena. Some of the projects involve special equipment worth over 16 000 USD.

Today the Department offers training for the bachelor's and master's programs. Graduates of the master's program can go on with their postgraduate studies.

I would like to welcome all prospective students to TUSUR. Being a student is not only about learning: the university means new interesting experiences. Our goal is to teach our students to learn. Our alumni are professionals who know the value of hard work and are capable of making decisions.