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Ludmila A. Verbitskaya


Saint Petersburg State University president


(born June 17, 1936; Leningrad)


Graduated from Leningrad State University in 1958 in Russian Language and Literature, Doctor Degree in Philology, professor. She started her career at the university  in 1958 as laboratory assistant, became successively a post-graduate student in the in the Phonetics Department, Faculty of Philology, Junior Researcher, Instructor, Associate Professor, Full Professor in the Phonetics Department from 1979 and head of the Department of General Linguistics from 1985. She became Vice-Rector for Education in 1984, and then she was promoted to First Vice-Rector of the University and in 1993 to Rector.

In 1999 she was re-elected for a second term. Professor Verbitskaya has authored more than 200 research papers about linguistics and the Russian language, phonetics, phonology and methodology of teaching Russian.
She is an honorary doctor of a number of foreign universities, a member the Russian Government Committee on Russian Language, the judges' panel of the Russian Federation Presidential prize and the Russian Government prize in Education, a member of President’s commission on implementation of national priority projects and population policy.
She also has a long-standing involvement with the International Association of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature. In addition she serves as Russian representative in Executive committee of International Association of Universities, member of the Russian Union of Rectors, member of the Presidium of the Council of University Rectors of St. Petersburg, and of the independent organization "Civil Society", Vice-President of the UNESCO commission on Women's Education, a member of the Russian Federation Commission for UNESCO and of the Coordinating Commission on UN special programs, advisor to the Governor of St.Petersburg on science and education, co-founder of the social foundation “Our city”.


L. A. Verbitskaya was awarded by the order for "National Service" IV degree , III degree and II degree, the order of Friendship, the order of honor of Saint Grand Duchess Olga of the Russian Orthodox Church III degree, the French "Academic Palm" award with the title of "Commander", the "Knight's Cross for Service of the Republic of Poland", the order Vernadsky Star I degree, the title of Honorary Employee of Higher Education in Russia, the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education (Great Britain), the golden medal Public Recognition (1999).



She has two daughters.