one of Russia’s oldest universities (in Novorossiia), founded in 1865 in Odessa from the Richelieu Lyceum, which had been in existence since 1817. The university included the faculties of history and philology, physics and mathematics, law, and medicine (from 1900).
Professors and instructors at Novorossiia University included I. I. Mechnikov, I. M. Sechenov, B. F. Verigo, A. O. Kovalevskii, L. S. Tsenkovskii, V. V. Podvysotskii, N. D. Strazhesko, N. D. Zelinskii, P. G. Melikishvili, N. N. Sokolov, V. M. Petriashvili, N. A. Umov, F. N. Shvedov, N. D. Pil’chikov, A. V. Klossovskii, G. I. Tanfil’ev, F. I. Uspenskii, V. N. Grigorovich, N. N. Lange, N. F. Gamaleia, V. P. Filatov, and one of the first Communist professors, E. N. Shchepkin. Among the university’s graduates were A. A. Bogomolets, A. M. Pankratova, N. Narimanov, P. M. Zhukovskii, A. E. Fersman, D. I. Zabolotnyi, V. M. Khavkin, and N. I. Andrusov. A. I. Zheliabov studied there.
The university had four scholarly and scientific societies. From 1867 to 1919, the Zapiski (Notes) of the university were published. Between 1865 and 1917, Novorossiia University graduated approximately 6,000 people.
In 1920, Novorossiia University was reorganized into a number of institutes: public education; social education; physics, chemistry, and math; and vocational training. In 1933 the university was reestablished as the University of Odessa.