Sochi State University was established in 1989 as the Educational and Scientific Center for Training and Professional Development of staff for recreation and tourism industry. The main subdivision of the Center was the branch of the Kuban State University. Three years later the Branch University became Sochi State Institute for Recreation and Tourism and in 1997 acquires the status of a university. In 2011 Sochi State University of Tourism and Recreation was renamed to the Federal State budgetary educational institution of higher education "Sochi State University". Since December 2021, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Ph.D. in Psychological Sciences, I.V.Gaidamashko is an Acting Rector of Sochi State University.
Nowadays there are 4 faculties at the State Sochi University: Faculty of Tourism and Services, Faculty of Economics and Law, Faculty of Social Studies and Pedagogics and Faculty of Innovative, Engineering and Digital Technologies. SSU also has a branch university in Anapa (350 km up the Black see coast). In 2010 SSU established the University college, and in 2011, the State Sochi University acquired "The Sochi economic and technological college" (the oldest college of Krasnodar Region) as a structural division. So the University College of Economics and Technology was established as a result of merging of two colleges into one. On the basis of the University College of Economics and Technology, a regional educational platform has been created for the training of mid-level specialists with WorldSkills Russia competencies.
SSU is nowadays a recognized leader in the South of Russia in staff training for tourism and recreation industry and provides education on a wide range of programs from Hotel and restaurant services to landscape design. The students have the opportunity to take full-time, part-time programs including the ones using the distance learning technologies. The University facilities include: Postgraduate Department, Employment Promotion Center, Publishing Center, Legal Clinic and Library.
Center for Additional Professional Education also operates on the basis of SSU. Annually, more than one and a half thousand students are trained in more than 100 advanced training and professional retraining programs on the basis of the Center.
SSU is the basic organization that provides the activities of the Federal Educational and Methodological Association in the higher education system in Russia in the domain of study "Service and Tourism".
Social Work and Volunteering
The SSU students are strongly engaged in social activities - volunteering, cultural activity, ecological education.
The health-recreational training center is open for students who go in for such sports as gymnastics, wrestling, aerobics, table tennis, and so on. There are sport clubs for volleyball, basketball, badminton, handball and football.
The Employment Promotion Center provides career counseling, assists graduated students in employment process and helps them adapt to the labor market. In the Center students are provided with employer’s information, labor market analysis, job advertisement and other information.
Here they can learn how to write an eye-catchy resume, a job application, how to act in a job interview in order to successfully kick-start their career. The Employment Promotion Center also gives information about educational projects, seminars, master-classes that help young specialists successfully enter the labor market and move smoothly up the career ladder.
Quality Management System
The SSU quality management system aims to improve quality of teaching process, education and research in order to reach the university's strategic goals. SSU quality management system based on the International Standards enables the university to demonstrate the ability to provide the education at a level that meets the high international/national standards and demands of employers and the labor market. The University’s activity is being constantly examined and monitored in order to improve the educational and scientific results. According to the quality management requirements the main goal of the University is to improve the customers’ satisfaction (employers, society and the state) providing them with high quality specialists, researchers for the Sochi tourism industry.